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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: 3D Game Engine Design : A Practical Approach to Real-Time Computer Graphics
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David H. Eberly
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good reference


Hello all, Well, we (my boss and I) went out and bought this book thinking it was the end all from the grand master and would end our quest for the ultimate tome on high level 3D multimedia engine design and development. Our quest is not quite over, because it is and it isn't. This is a low level book, which gives you an exhaustive mathmematical perspective on the common alogrithms in use in 3D engine development. It is a decent reference for understanding what makes up all the functions and algorithms in a low level 3D library (better break out the calculus book though). Do you need the book? It's a good reference, but could you find the information say for a BSP or a Portal algorithm on the net? Sure. The code is opengl based, and some is kind of buggy at the moment, but there is a promise to make upgrades available on the site. Still, you can't beat having a bunch of algorithms in hand, especially when you're piecing together your engine. Do I like it? Yeah, I know it will come in real handy in time, but as others have said if you don't already have a clue about designing a 3d engine, then you may not get one from this book, so what's the point? The point is that it best qualifies as college text book suited for someone studying computer graphics programming at the lowest level. It is not even in the same genre as the current trend of how-to books on game development. I doubt that was ever the intent. It is along the line of the Foley, Van Dam book, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice. Don't buy this if you think your going to have a 'Quake killer' when you're finished reading it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
pretty good


it was nice to read a book that looks at poker from an interent perspective. However, I wish it could have been a little more focused there are plenty of books that focus on the how to play...this one could have hit a nice little niche if it just focused on the internet perspective



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Security
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Adam Freeman, Allen Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
ALERT - This is a must have book!!


You really are not a true .NET Programmer until you understand the security mechanisms that are part and parcel with the framework. To program in .NET (or really any component-oriented technology) without security in mind is like parachuting without one strapped to your back.I was waiting for a book like this. Before this book I've had to scour over the internet to try to find out how to get the different areas of security in .NET to work. Now it's all here in one book. The theory, the explanations, the warnings, the samples. If you are a serious .NET programmer or .NET policy administrator then this is a must have book. If you don't know the difference between "host evidence" and "assembly evidence", then you need this book. If you don't know the difference between a "security demand" and a "permission request", then you are dangerous to the people you do work for. Also, make sure you know the basics already of the language and the framework since this book assumes you do. Good luck.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
sub-standard E+M book.


This book seems to have been adopted as the standard undergraduate text on the subject, but it is severely lacking in content. I find Griffiths writing style rather unorthodox, and excessively wordy. The chatty discussions of various topics will leave you dazed and confused, and the exercises leave much to be desired. Also, be warned that there are no solutions for the problems, which makes them useless, in my opinion.