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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: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
good book wrong title

while i have no doubt this is a real written and researched tome, i must give this book 1 star based on the deliberately misleading title
this book should be titled "digital fusion in depth"
if you need to master digital fusion, by all means please purchase this title, however if digital fusion is not your compositor of choice DO NOT BOTHER!
fight the power

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Shallow, verbose, and too ambitious

The book attempts to match the Gang of Four book in both format and effect. Unfortunately, it fails. The author spends so many pages explaining trivial refactorings such as renaming a method or introducing a constant. Any software developer with moderate experience would now how and why to perform such tasks without any need for such a book. The book doesn't cover more complex or exotic refactorings that are of greater value to the experienced developer, and it doesn't touch upon the impact that refactoring might introduce into existing code and how to manage and minimize that impact.
However, it does contain some useful tips on correcting some classic design mistakes using refactoring, which might prove valuable to the novice. Thus, the two-star rating.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Dragon is the standard text but....

"The Dragon" is the standard text on compiler theory and practices, and a must to have in your library if you are into compiler writing. It covers all what could be referred as the fundamentals of compiler engineering. When I first got my copy of it, late 1986 it soon became my number one reference, although I had most of the other compiler titles as well on my bookshelves. It completely covered my needs for a reference in those days, from parsing through global optimization.
But on the negative side. It can no longer be considered as a the complete reference as it used to be. Due to it's age, it is obviously missing totally on today's advanced topics, specially on native code optimization for the state of the art super-pipelined, super-scalar RISC architectures, and special issues concerning object oriented languages of today, and technologies like JIT compilation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Visibility
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Shari Thurow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent starter into the whole SEO world

For those of us who are drawn to the subject of Web Site Marketing, and in particular Search Engine Optomization (SEO) I find it difficult to fault this book. It's written in an easy, understandable style and takes you methodically through the subjects, from simple to more complex. Part 1 (Before You Build) is particularly helpful in presenting a 'top down' view which helps you to get your bearings before launching into the 'meat' of the book. How often has an expert explained something to you that he/she thought was simple and you found difficult? Shari does not fall into that trap. I also greatly appreciated her overall message that ethics and openness play an important part in this SEO game - despite what all the tricksters would have you believe! It has certainly got me started on the right road into SEO.