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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managed DirectX 9 Kick Start : Graphics and Game Programming
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Tom Miller
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
I couldn't follow the examples

When readng through this book, the later examples for the Dogder game do not work. There is errata in the book that prevents proper execution. Further, the author skips steps that aren't entirely clear when reading along. When looking at the sample code it is only end-product code, and doesn't help you through the steps in between. I found myself trying to get examples to compile and run more than learning the API.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Ann Rockley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Content Management Made Simple

Ann Rockley, in her book "Managing Enterprise Content", clearly demonstrates her infinite experience as a domain expert in the content management arena. Her book provides a comprehensive guide for effectively building a unified content strategy while differentiating content management technologies.
This book gives guidelines and concepts to follow for planning, developing, and implementing a successful content management strategy. It also identifies issues to be considered and provides a plan to identify an ROI for the project. There is something for everyone - authors of content, managers of content, and designers of the content architecture. The book is written in a well-organized manner and breaks each main topic of content management into its own part, enabling readers to easily follow the process. Within this one book, an entire strategy is laid out, along with recommendations for resources and tools.
"Managing Enterprise Content" is highly recommended for all organizations that truly want to understand the business benefits of managing the content life cycle.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Big Java
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Mixed feelings

This review is based on the first 5 chapters only - the rating might prove unfair.The writing is fine and if you want to learn the basics of Java and object oriented programming I'm sure you'll eventually reach the goal even if there are plenty of detours on the way.But two things baffle me: Firstly Horstmann assumes that the reader doesn't know the first thing about computers. This leads to many totally unnecesary explanations. No computer novice would ever consider picking up a book on Java.Secondly Horstmann is a math enthusiast. Too many of the examples and exersises are of the calculator type. Seriously if I want to add two integers I'll use my pocket calculator - I don't think I'll need to write a Java programme. It would be good with more useful examples.The book is not bad though. Horstmann just needs to focus on the OO and the Java and forget about the rest.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Perfect Companion

A mistake so often made is judging a pocket reference guide in the same way you would judge a full size text. Pocket guides should only provide a quick reference for a technology you already know, and not be looked at as a learning tool. This reference is a boil-down of selected sections from the author's larger definitive title on Cascading Style Sheets, and there is no question that the information provided within is as informative and exact as is covered in the larger book; the light-weight pocket guide is much easier to carry when you need to verify something with CSS.

The guide is designed well, with a structured table of contents which breaks the styles up into logical groups, and even an index for those quick find needs. Each style entry provides the information needed without wasting space on the cautions and extras that a larger text typically provides.

If you already own "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition" (ISBN: 0596005253) that this pocket guide companions, this is a good addition to the set. If not, obtain both as there are no better references.