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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Very BEST!

I purchased AE and this book at the same time. I had to create motion graphics for a new television program our company is now producing. We learned from scratch and produced shows that are now airing on satellite TV! I could not have done it without this book. The instructions are very well written and I have succeeded in creating each and every project. The book has helped me create the graphics needed for our shows by giving me great samples and instruction that, as a beginner - I could understand easily. I should also state that my indepth knowledge of Photoshop was a definite advantage. I simply cannot wait for the sequel due in August and have already pre-ordered it. The CD-ROM included has been invaluable as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone new to AE.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Securing Windows Server 2003
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mike Danseglio
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good focused work on security

In so much of the writing on computer security, Windows is given the short sell in favor of Unix security, so it is nice to find a good book that focuses on Windows, in this case with the latest server operating system. With 1000 page books written about Windows Server 2003, the system administrator can be quickly overwhelmed by all the new and enhanced features. Danseglio cuts through this jungle and focuses on specific issues and implementation of security with the OS. Time is spent explaining various concepts and how they are implemented in Windows 2003, often with step-by-step instructions showing where and how to find, set and tweak these settings. There is some expectation of familiarity with Windows Server, but not necessarily an expert knowledge of how the system works. You will not find all that you need to know about Active Directory, but you will find how to use it, and services such as the Group Policy templates to close security holes often overlooked and improve operations. Windows is notorious for its insecurity, and while Windows 2003 represents a quantum tightening of these holes (services such as Internet Information Server, are not installed by default) allowing you to prepare more thoroughly for using a service and cutting down potential attack vectors for users inside as well as outside your network. This is not the canonical security book for Windows 2003, but it does serve as a great introduction and reference book for administrators looking to install and run this OS. While the book was written long before Service Pack 1, the lessons presented here are still very useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent beginners book!

Im new to game programming, and i recently picked this book up. Now there are only a coupld of books dedicated to game programming that i have seen. This book definitly tops it off, even if you dont know C or C++ theres a primer in the back of the book. Theres also a review of trigonometry. Its unlike other resources where the writing is cryptic. Its in plain english, and easy to understand. For hard core veterans, you would probably not want this(then again if you are a veteran why are you buying more game programming books?) I suggest all beginners and intermediates get this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle by Design (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Kyte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another winner

You always extect the best from om Kyte and he always delivers.
That says it all.