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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Game AI by Example
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Mat Buckland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best game book I ever read so far

I am not a game programmer, just a fan wishing to build my own game someday :)
I read the first two chapter, finite state machine and stearing, and then I ran the code downloaded from website. I was astonished that these effect can be so easily and professionally implemented. And don't get me wrong. These technique doesn't require much simplification and imagination as some graphic effect does. They're actually based on mathmatical and intuitive way.

After read 10+ directX related books(which is useless to me), I highly recommend this book and Alexandrescu's modern c++ design. With them, it won't be too hard to get started.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
It is just not enough...

This book can give you a good overview of Visual Basic, but it is not going too deep into details. Also, it did not give tasks that I could do on my own. I was only retyping the code and reading an explanation for it, which is not enough for a beginning programmer...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 with ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP : Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jeffrey Bardzell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I Expected the Worst and Found the Best

I bought this book because Macromedia didn't provide any manuals with their Studio MX 2004, other than some useless PDF files, and I wanted to know how to use the new MX 2004 version. I thought that this book would have the usual crud with a few pearls of information that in the end would probably make it worth the price. Instead, I found a book that is pure gold. It's well written and if you stay with it, it will teach you quite a bit. If I was to teach a course on Dreamweaver MX 2004, this would be my manual.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Paul Jensen, Paul Bertucci
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Book that will grow with you

I have found this book very useful while administering my SQL Server instances. This book will grow with you, if you need a more basic book or you need a more advanced reference tool this is the book for you.