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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Cartooning with FLASH (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Daniel Gray, Gary Leib, John Kuramoto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Total waste of time!

I don't get why other guys gave 5 stars to this it's not giving enough information.The chapter go like this:

chapter 1 : Is only talking about the author and what he thinks of the book

chapter 2 :It talks about Very Very Very basic stuff of animation

I don't want to bother myself by writing more about this book
it's just a waste of time unless you don't know what is flash!
It's 32.99$ l wouldn't buy it even for 5.00$ I recommend to everyone to buy "Animating Flash characters" it's cheaper and better.
The guys who rated this item with 5 stars are surely the author or his frieds, or maybe they didn't even see what's on the book
Anyway l made the mistake of buying it and l am writing this so you won't do the same mistake as l did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Matthew Robinson, Pavel Vorobiev
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Reference, Poor Introduction

As I think is mentioned in other reviews, this is a nice comprehensive reference for the Java Swing API. With about equal depth, it covers an abundant range of components: from basic input fields, to dialog boxes, progress bars, trees, and more.

What it is NOT, is an easy introduction to Java Swing. The book dives immediately into the details - method signatures, classes, and interfaces. There is very little background discussion, no running example that is built on, and not much guidance on what the most useful elements of Swing are or how they conceptually fit together. In a nutshell, it assumes you know what Swing is, why you want to use it, and pretty much what you want to use from it.

As a reference, great. As an intro, keep looking.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
What I would want in an ideal world

My enthusiasm for this book would come from several sources.
Firstly, having been brought up on the kind of treatment that Julius Stratton gave the subject, I would like to see a few holes from then to the current time filled in. These would be
a). The role of variational theory in solving multi-mode exansions in boundary problems. I know this came about in the sixties, when spectral techniques were just beginning to be useful
b). A nice introduction to the use of Greens functions in solving problems where source distributions are well understood, and
c) The role (again, from a beginning standpoint) of integral equations where the source distributions (current distributions, for instance) are not well understood, but where the domain geometry IS, and where certain boundary conditions (i.e. driving points) are known. This is of great interest in antenna problems.
Secondly, it would be very nice to see an introduction to numeric methods, particularly the way that Maxwells equations in their integral form can be converted to finite element messhes - and likewise the differential form to seeds for Runga-Kutter type methods.
I love this kind of material with a vengeance, since I was lucky enough to find a copy of J. Strattons book in my Uncles library and one fine summers holiday, to get into this subject, purely for it's own sake. I remember acutely the feeling of discovery, and wonder at all the surprising complexity - and the years later, finding more of it. I realize this stuff is terribly hard, but it is truly wonderful, and the great shock of discovery (the "aha" point) is as good as anything else I can recall... Don't read this for a job, read it for it's own sake and enjoy the ride!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apache Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Coar, Rich Bowen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Guide your understanding through examples.

Yeah, Apache has thorough documentation at apache.org, and yeah, after 6 or 7 years I've learned a lot by reading through Apache's conf files. But this book does a few things extremely well to make configuration much easier, quicker, and better.
There's good examples - you expect that with a name like "cookbook". But each example is backed-up with excellent explanations and references. The particular problems I've wanted to solve haven't matched the book's examples, but they've been close enough to adapt the solutions to what I've needed.
I've also appreciated how much this book has helped me how to *think* in Apache. Its use of examples and explanations helps to paint a top-down view of Apache, and help me analyze problems methodically instead of hunt-and-peck through a flock of random configuration parameters.
A nice combination of technical know-how, tuturial, and clear writing makes this a darned useful book for me.