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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional C# (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Simon Robinson, Christian Nagel, Karli Watson, Jay Glynn, Morgan Skinner, Bill Evjen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
It's kinda like a super well-done porterhouse steak.

This book is not really all that advanced like the title implies.

Make no mistake, this book has loads of content, pretty much everything you need to get started with C#. I feel confident that any programmer at least familiar with programming can pick this book up and gain some knowledge. Some topics, such a delegates get good treatment offering loads of samples that will help those that can stay awake.

Staying awake? yeah, that brings me to my next point. This book is like a super well-done porterhouse steak... yeah, that's right. What I mean is, the substance is good, ya know, but holy cow is it dry and tough to chew and digest! I think I can figure this out... there are 6 authors(!) I think they got together and said "Since we need to be consistent, instead of offering personality we will make this book completely dry and BORING read". I have delved into this book whilst completely up and rearin' to go... for about 35-40 mins, after which my eyelids start to droop and I start to just glance the words instead of absorb their meaning.

Overall this book is still pretty good. I wish I could give half-stars because this book is more like 3.5/5 There are at least two good uses... first it's good reference material and second, if you're having trouble sleepin' then you got a handy sleep-aid.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic.NET and Microsoft Visual C#.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Matthew A. Stoecker
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Completely Worthless

I bought this book as it was the first to come out covering preperations for the MCAD and MCSD. I read through the entire book and came out very disappointed. There are numerous typos for a start and the code style is often very inconsistent making the examples all the harder to read. The information is very light. Compared with some of the other options available such as Amit Kalani's MCAD/MCSD books there is only a grain on information. If you take the test soley on Microsoft's book I think you will find yourself woefully under prepared. Last, there are precious few questions, no tips, and little in the way of examples to work through. The book is a brief skim of topics that are covered in much better detail elsewhere. Don't waste your time with this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside LightWave 8
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Dan Ablan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Top the list Lightwave tutorial book

I have many books on the subject of Lightwave... this one rates at the top of my list... In fact I have every 'Inside Lightwave' book since the origonal ... 'Inside Lightwave 3D that covered Lightwave version 5.6...
This one covering Lightwave version 8 is the best tutorial book one that Dan has done yet...
Very easy to follow style... the tutorials are clear without being dry.. Dan even gives us some advanced information in most of the tutorials that allows you to tap into some of the new features of Lightwave 8... One of the things I find interesting is Dan himself has obviously changed in his way of working in Lightwave as some of the ways he is doing things in this book are completely different approaches than the ways he did them in previous books... such as his modeling of a character using Spline Curves is a different direction than in his previous works... and certainly show some of the benifits to using that method of modeling over other forms...
His tutorial on Partical Dynamics really got me over some hurdles I was having understanding their use ... sometimes you never know where you will pickup that one little explaination that makes it work... Dan had several of those in his this book for me...
Thanks Mr. Ablan!
I certainly am pleased with my purchase of this book and will be using it as a reference for sometime to come...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java for Students (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas Bell, Mike Parr
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!

If you are new to computer programming and wish to learn Java, this is the book.