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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Jon Erickson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent book


I found this to be a decent book but nothing over the top. The best chapter is the second, which deals with buffer overflows. The rest of the chapters are quiet basic intros to networking and crypto. If you are completely new to the security scene, this is a great book to start with.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference book


I found book very useful. Figures, mathematical explanations and algortihms provides complemantry information to understand topic better. There may some errors in the book but I did not found any fatal one. Problem questions of each chapter are very useful. This is a must book whom are interesting in pattern classification area both in industry and academy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art Of Maya: An Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics
Publisher: Maya Press
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for concepts, low on procedures.


First off, if you have the second edition, there probably isn't enough new in the third edition to require the purchase. Noteable additions include features from Maya Unlimited, more on effects, mental ray, and longer production notes (industry profiles) section. The physical size has also been reduced, so it's less of a coffee table book and more of a practical reference book.

For those considering this book for the first time... "This book is designed to give you a conceptual understanding of how Maya works" as stated on page 5. In this capacity, the book succeeds. If you're looking for a how to book or projects to work though, this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for an introduction to 3D in general, then read on...

The book gives a firm foundation to begin understanding 3D with Maya, but most of the concepts presented are applicable to every major 3D modeling/animation program. It helps if you have at least played with Maya, but it is not required. It provides a good overview of modeling, texturing, rendering, effects, and animation. The entire book is packed with sample images and screen shots, which greatly clarify the concepts in the text. It is also full color throughout (which makes the price here exceptional).

In all, a great introduction to 3D concepts and terminology.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction to MFC


The book gives a very good introductionary to intermediate level view to MFC programming.The theory given explaning the points is excellent. The only area the book needs to be trimmed down is the length of the examples`. Actually the examples get so long that they get intermixed with other unrelated points(but important, anyway) that were not supposed be explained in that example!!
It also misses on topics of Database and Socket programming.
But anyway, excellent and highly recommneded.