To a lot of .Net developers XNA often appears to be a bit of an enigma – they might know roughly what it is, but they’re not really sure of its placement in the market or relevance to their work. With Windows Phone 7 XNA is being edged into the limelight a little more and developers will no doubt be wondering whether it’s for them.
One of the great things about the work we’re doing with XPF, is in lowering that bar to entry. XPF’s out-of-the-box controls will be familiar to you if you’ve come from a WPF/Silverlight background, but they still embrace the mechanics of XNA; leading you slowly into the wonderful world of 3D programming.
In a recent Channel 9 video Shawn Hargreaves and Charles Cox, from the XNA team, give a great interview on what XNA is, how it’s used, and the platforms it’s available on. If you’re at all interested in XNA, but aren’t sure where to start – this is a great intro.
One of the subjects that comes up is the oft-asked “XNA and XAML” question and you might notice that at around the 32min mark Shawn happens to mention something that sounds a lot like XPF.