SYSK 307: What Does X Indicate in MSDN Documentation?

Once upon a time there were icons to indicate a public method , a protected method , a static member  you get the picture.  A few years ago we were introduced to the new symbol , which indicates support for .NET compact framework.


Relatively recently, your trusty MSDN started using a new symbol -- .  Mousing over the image pops up the following tip – “Supported by the XNA Framework”.


Now the question is -- what is the XNA Framework?


The XNA Framework is a set of managed code (i.e. .NET) development libraries that increase productivity game developers for of Windows and Xbox 360. 


In case you’re curious, XNA is not an acronym; but thus far, I wasn’t able to discover where the name came from…


If you’re interested to learn more about the XNA Framework, visit XNA FAQ at



Comments (3)

  1. zman says:

    XNA… see

    (however Dave maintains that he wsa joking when he made up what the acronym stood for. In reality its just a cool market brand name)

  2. Chris Romp says:

    Perhaps it’s a play on "DNA" for the X-Box platform? =)

  3. RGabo says:

    even though it was already linked, XNA = XNA is Not an Acronym 😉

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