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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Lighting for Digital Video & Television, Second Edition
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: John Jackman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

Hey all,
I'm a long time worker in multimedia and the performing arts (with a theatrical education). I did a lot of theatrical lighting as slave labor back in college, but beyond that, most of my experience in film and video was from the acting side.
So before shooting my next short, I decided I needed a primer in film lighting. I bought Mr. Jackman's book about a week and a half ago and, well, for geeks like me, it was a real page turner.
Aside from the fact that I needed to covert all of my theater vocab (cables) to film vocab (stingers) I also found the perspective on DV film making to be dead on in this book.
This book starts out outlining the technical aspects of electrics and lighting. While not the most exciting for a lot of people (although I got excited and immediatly tested all of my wall sockets with my old fluke multimeter) these sections read quick and are a necessary setup for the rest of the book. After the technical aspects are discussed, the book goes in a direction which I genually appreciate.
Instead of treating DV and Video lighting like bad flat TV lighting, Mr. Jackman really goes out of his way to help all of us little guys with PD-150s and the like to light our DV dynamically and artistically. Often the book shows more thrifty workarounds for expensive concepts.
While this book isn't going to contain much new information for the experienced gaffer. It will definetly help any novice, new-comer, or, like me, semi-knowledged person increase their skills in the art of lighting.
Hopefully more people will read this book and less badly lit short films will infest the world. Then we can give all those die hard film guys a run for their money. To paraphase the book: The camera and medium are just tools, they don't think, we do.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David Sceppa
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book - all technical books should be this good!

There are already lots of good reviews of this book so I won't duplicate what they have already said.
The feeling I got as I would finish each chapter of this book is that "now I completely understand this part of ADO.NET" including the classes, methods and properties involved. It was a very empowering feeling and I would highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book On COM!

Having read a good deal of COM books I must say that this is by far the best. The examples and the way the authors relates raw C++ to ATL makes the whole COM thing very accessible. I would recomend this book to anyone who is serious about COM.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Algorithm Design Manual
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Steve S. Skiena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a must for programmers

This book is very well organized. It really helps identifying and solving problems. Highly recommended.