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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LightWave 3D 8: 1001 Tips & Tricks
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Wes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy it!


Even an odd glance at this book whilst rendering tests or previews will change the way you work. Some tricks and tips will take seconds to read but will save hours of your life. Some tips are common sense ideas only picked up from years of experience but others are flashes of genius from the best Lightwave artists in the world. Well worth the money and probably the best Lightwave learning guide I have bought.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Compositing In Depth: The Only Guide to Post Production for Visual Effects in Film
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Doug Kelly
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
has it all


hi, I teach compositing(after effects,combustion,flame).I read this book a few years back when i was just starting out and refer it as a MUST READ to all my students.I wish the author had followed up after this book...woder why he did not :( .this book is a bit dated but has all the theory and practise you'll eve need.Actually it'll be more than what you need if youre just starting out.
4 stars cause no one or nuthing is perfect. thanks kelly.
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Excel Version 2002 Inside Out (Inside Out (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Mark Dodge, Craig Stinson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NOt up to it's title


This book is not a bad introduction to Excel, but for me, it falls short of it's title. If you need explanations on such basic operations as "Altering Cell Contents" -or - "Formatting a Cell", then this book is no a bad choice. It's well organized and the writing is clear. It just doesn't contain the kind of depth I expected. I would think that a book with an ambitious title like " Excel from the inside out" would at least contain some information on advanced subjects like creating addins but it doesn't. The CD that comes stuck in the back provides nothing of additional value. I think the authors just compiled some useless odds and ends they had laying around in order to have a CD to include - possibly hoping it would improve sales. If you are not at all familiar with Excel then you could do worse than this book but if you are looking to extend your knowledge beyond an introductory users manual then this is not the book you want. In fact this is the kind of book that Microsoft should be providing to you free - as part of your purchase of the software. Come to think of it, if you are new to spreadsheets and haven't made a purchase yet, do the industry a favor and buy Lotus 123, or QuatroPro and skip this book and Microsoft both.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good for a newbie but not the best


This is a good book for a newbie with loads of theories though this book stays far behind the enterprise level computing and on implementation of EJB driven applications. There's a huge gap between what this book describes and the real development environment of EJBs.

Never rely on the sample codes and the methodologies have been used in this book for those are not the best development approaches. This book consists of several pitfalls and not suitable to be used as an EJB development guideline (e:g: this doesn't solve the importance of PK classes and creating composite primary keys). Also never assume that this book describes the best EJB development methodologies just by fantasized by the way that the theories on EJB are presented.

If you seek more adventure on EJB this is probably not the best of books for this lacks some depth to the topics included. Apart from that, this book is quite ok for a newbie to get dirt with EJB and to understand the basics with the theories and fundamentals. If you like some fine grained info and you're a newbie, I'd suggest Applied Enterprise JavaBeans by Kevin Boone to brush up with what's missing here