I’ve completed work on Video Game Programming for Kids. It was based on the good ‘ol BASIC language via a great freeware tool called QB64. It was surprisingly difficult to write a book for the 8-12 year old reader! I hope it is received. My 13-year old, Jeremiah, and 10-year old, Kayleigh, were hired to edit and review, so hopefully it will be a good book for their age group.
Moving on! As a result, I’ve started work on my next project: Teach Yourself Android 4.0 Game Programming 24 Hours. This is the famed 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS that does look really great! I am basing this book closely on the work I did last year for Windows Phone 7 (also for Sams). Using similar topics and examples, this book should be helpful to someone porting their game from one system to another. At least, that’s my goal. I’ve done this sort of “book porting” before, between my VB for Teens and C# for Teens books, which featured the same material written in a different programming language in each case. Going from XNA/C# on the WP7 to Java on the Android will be relatively painless given the similarities between Java and C#.