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DarkBASIC Professional Discussion / Hands On DarkBASIC Pro volumes 1 & 2 now available FOR FREE!

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Gun Man
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Posted: 16th Jan 2023 21:14 Edited at: 17th Jan 2023 08:34
Recently I went on a little scavenger hunt across the web looking for both volumes of Hands On DarkBASIC Pro. Mostly because I'm a sucker for old engines and wanted to learn DBPro for fun, and based on Digital Skills' HODBPro page (which is still up btw: http://www.digital-skills.co.uk/dbpro.html), the books seem to comprehensively cover almost everything stock DBPro has to offer! Very useful for a noob.

There was a problem however... The books were nowhere to be found. Neither physical copy or .pdf. Not on Amazon, Ebay, ANYWHERE!

And so I had only one option left, email Digital Skills asking to buy both books in .pdf. Though I was not expecting a reply any form.

To my surprise, I now have both books in .pdf, and YOU can too.

Volume 1: http://www.digital-skills.co.uk/DB8873194/HODBProVol1.pdf
Volume 2: http://www.digital-skills.co.uk/HN726492/HODBPV2.pdf
You can also find companion material here: http://www.digital-skills.co.uk/dbprodownloads.html

This is really cool of them to do, and I can't thank them enough.

Now, after you read both books, I heavily recommend that you purchase some of Digital Skills' other books, such as Hands On AppGameKit Studio Volumes 1 & 2, as well as Hands On C++. I certainly will!

Anyways, have a good day everyone.
Virtual Nomad
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Posted: 17th Jan 2023 08:28 Edited at: 17th Jan 2023 08:30
guys, i've confirmed that Gun Man can share the links so do enjoy them while they're available and do show your appreciation to alistair for his continued generosity toward the TGC community as GM suggests!
Zaxxan
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Posted: 30th Jan 2023 01:23 Edited at: 30th Jan 2023 03:19
I purchased both AppGameKit books from digital skills and I highly recommend them. They are well written and very useful especially when first getting to grips with AGK. I never used DarkBasic Pro but I have downloaded the books just incase I decide to give it a try one day. Thanks go to Alistair for making these freely available.
henrikh2008
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Posted: 3rd Feb 2023 19:48
Wow, thank you very much.
I still love the Dark basic pro, there is just something about it
that appeal to me.
Unfortunly , the opensource version of dark basic pro, does
not run on my new pc / windows 10, due to a bug,
“ Dbproftpdebug.dll Not Found”.
Mage
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Posted: 8th Feb 2023 00:40 Edited at: 28th Feb 2023 18:38
Check your personal message box.


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henrikh2008
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Posted: 8th Feb 2023 19:20
Did check my message box, nothing there, exepct a string of letters and symbols!.

Anyway, figured it out, after searching on the TGC forum, my pc was missing the directx 9c files, and after installing the directx files and restarting my computer, the dark basic pro is working perfect, or atleast 90%.

Some of my old 3d demo games does not work well, shaders, (my graphics card - geforce rtx 360 12gb) etc, but otherwise dark basic pro actually works surprisingly well, except my games run much faster, which is a bit anoying, well maybe i should fix the sync rate.

Anyway, its not a big deal, becauese i wont be using dark basic pro 100%, but instead jump right into app game studio, have`nt tried it yet, bought it one year, which is a bit embarssing, i guess.

henrikh2008
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Posted: 8th Feb 2023 19:22
and offcourse use dark basic pro atleast for 2d game creations!.
henrikh2008
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Posted: 10th Feb 2023 12:10
Quote: " Now, after you read both books, I heavily recommend that you purchase some of Digital Skills' other books, such as Hands On AppGameKit Studio Volumes 1 & 2, as well as Hands On C++. I certainly will!"


I think i will buy hands on Appgamekit studio voulme 1/2
pdf version, its better than using the built in help menu in App Game Kit Studio app.
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Posted: 15th Feb 2023 22:59
Thanks for this. Really useful
henrikh2008
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Posted: 18th Feb 2023 13:28
you are welcome.
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Posted: 18th Feb 2023 16:44
Sorry..
henrikh2008
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Posted: 25th Feb 2023 18:45
bought 2 books, Hands on agk studio 1 & 2.

Great books.

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