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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Development with Ant
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Steve Loughran
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good book, a little lite on reference material


I really enjoyed reading this book for learning Ant. It covered everything I needed to get up to speed quickly. However, I was a little disappointed in the reference material that I was hoping to use for everyday type stuff. Overall a good book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3ds max 6 Animation: CG Filmmaking from Concept to Completion (Consumer)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Barrett Fox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exactly what you need if you want to animate !


This book is a very good surprise. It's very complete, well explained, very clear.
That book contains exacly what is said on the cover.. So no deception possible! (An exemple that Sanford Kennedy shoud follow because his book about 3ds max 5 is terrible, a total desaster.)
So this is the book to buy! Thank you Mr Barret Fox.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Entertaining and Informative


A book on physics that is entertaining? Hard to believe, but during the reading of this book I not only got a grasp on some of the fundamental concepts of Quantum Electro Dynamics, but thoroughly enjoyed the way it was explained. Feynman is a master teacher. He has the ability to take complex concepts and boil them down so that even a physics dummy can understand them. It is obvious when reading the text how complete Feynman's understanding of the material is. You know how you can read a science book and not really get what the author is trying to explain? Sometimes that comes from your own lack of intelligence, but a lot of times it's because the author wasn't totally clear about what he was writing. In this book, you really get the underlying concepts becasue Feynman's understanding of the subject is so complete. I found myself absorbing some of the QED concepts almost by osmosis.The book is composed of 4 lectures Feynman gave at UCLA in the mid 80's. QED is about the interaction of light and matter. Feynman starts the explanation of QED by dealing with the partial reflection of light onto 2 surfaces of glass, and uses arrow diagrams to make the explanation easy to understand. He uses the arrow diagrams in the other lectures which continue the discussion of QED's attempt to explain the interaction of photons with matter. The last lecture deals with subatomic particles and QED's relationship to the rest of physics. The part of the book I enjoyed most was the 3rd lecture called "Electrons and Their Interactions" which explains how electrons go from point to point in space/time. He gets into the famous "Feynman Diagrams" showing how electrons and photons seem to travel backwards in time, and how photons can go faster or slower than the conventional speed of light. It's fascinating! What's great about these lectures is their clarity and humor. The author doesn't take himself too seriously and as a result the book is a delight to read, as well as being enlightening. Kudo's as well to the editor who distilled the material down to a manageable length of 152 pages.Can a book on Quantum Electro Dynamics be really fun to read? This one is.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for intermediate to advanced Flash users


Makes transition from Flash 5 to new Flash version smooth! One of the first books I've seen that deals with Flash MX (Flash 6).I'm an intermediate level Flash developer and I found this book extremely helpful. The chapters are clearly laid out by content and easy to understand. The programming is advanced but well explained and accessible to non-experts with some Flash experience. Building applications step by step is one of its best features. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Flash programming.