∑ Audio from XNA Framework: here is a short guide to getting simple audio effects in XNA Framework by Filiz Kurban.
∑ Audio effects: Thanks to the reference from Lonnie Kyser, here are a couple of sites where you can get public domain audio effects:
∑ Keyboard handler class: here is Neil Erdmanís update of the simple keyboard handling abstraction by Joshua Phillips (based on Chris DíAnnunzioís direct input tutorial, you should read Chrisís tutorial to know the proper header file to include and library to link with).
∑ Chapter 3 Step-by-Step guide: in C# and WinForm by Ethan Verrall (refer to the textbook link for details).
∑ Selected tutorials from Chapter 4 & 5 in C# and XNA by Robert Stone.
∑ Chapter 3 Step-by-Step guide: excellent guide by William Frankhouser (refer to the textbook link for details).
∑ Keyboard handler class: here is a simple keyboard handling abstraction by Joshua Phillips (based on Chris DíAnnunzioís direct input tutorial, you should read this tutorial to know the proper header file to include and library to link with). Refer to Neil Erdmanís refinement from Fall 2007.
∑ Project cleanup: here is a script (batch file) from Jason Sagmiller that knows how to clean up your project before assignment submission. Notice the script removes itself from the folder, so you may want to save a version somewhere else. As in all free software, use this at your own risk! :-)
∑ Working with WTL (alternate GUI API): Tutorial by †Chris Traina.
∑ Limiting CWnd Size: Check out WM_GETMINMAXINFO (thanks to Adam Smith).
∑ Working with Direct Input: Here is a short/clear/simple tutorial from Chris DíAnnunzio on how to with MFC.
∑ Getting fancy sound: You can choose from one of the following:
1. FMod: Here is a short/clear/simple tutorial from Aleksandr Grinberg on how work with sound with FMod
2. BASS: Here is a simple demo source code from James Jacoby on how work with sound with BASS.
∑ Sound without DirectX: Thanks to Kazuko Hass for showing me how, and to Steve Baer for the simple and detailed instruction we now know how to play .wav sound without downloading anything. Here is the documentation on the PlaySound() function that will play .wav sound files for us.