Thursday, August 31, 2006

New XNA Community Sites


A couple of XNA community sites have turned up. Both sites offer tutorials, news, and discussion. Let's examine what these sites have to offer:

LearnXNA.com has video tutorials and news articles. On the site right now are three tutorial videos. These videos are well done and easy to follow. So far, the videos cover installation of XNA, C#, and the DirectX SDK, as well as working with the various programs mentioned. This community site has no member sign up and discussions are handled in the comments section of the site's blog posts. With a few updates, such as community sign up and maybe submissions, this site could be even more useful.

XNAspot.com has taken a more tradition approach. Available on this site so far are static tutorials, pictures, sample code, news, and a link to the MSDN forums. There is a submission page to submit articles, games, etc. This site also has no user accounts to sign up for and they no comments area to discuss anything, though they claim changes are coming to allow reviews of the community. I assume they will need to have a user accounts to keep abuse down on reviews and if they include a discussion area, this site will be a great one.

Considering how new XNA is, both of these sites have great potential and are, so far, the best sources for tutorials for the XNA tools. The information available is well worth the time to check out. There is one other site to mention and that is Microsoft's MSDN site which is a community site devoted to programmers using Microsoft's products such as XNA, ASP.Net, Visual C#, etc and has been around for quite awhile. There is a section for XNA called the Microsoft Game Technologies Center. So, if you are wanting to start creating a game there has never been a better time than now. I am off to watch more video, play with some code, and learn how to create a game to dominate the universe. Have fun and happy coding.

Interested in XNA? Check out 15 Great XNA Tutorial Sites.

**EDIT(1-10-2007)
If you are looking for an easy way to keep up with the XNA Community head on over to http://xnaportal.com/.

Via: Let's Kill Dave

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