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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald Knuth, Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beyond extraordinary


Dr. Knuth writes as much of mind as he does of computer programming. What the reader sees and learns is how mentality moves and is moved by the algorithmic distribution of information.
To grok the content, waiting is fullness.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Field Guide to Digital Color
Publisher: AK Peters, Ltd.
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A thorough, professional quality resource


A Field Guide To Digital Color by computer expert Maureen C. Stone is a handy user manual to digital color on the computer, and applying digital color for maximum visual effect. From RGB and Brightness, to additive and subtractive color systems, to color image capture, reproduction, and appearance, A Field Guide To Digital Color is a thorough, professional quality resource (and includes an annotated bibliography for in-depth reference and future study) which is confidently recommended for novice and experienced digital artists seeking to master and manipulate this demanding medium.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Surely the worst so far of all C++ books


Essential C++ confronts its readers with a stream of silly examples, grotesquely misguided coding practices, opaque writing, and just plain errors. This book has no redeeming qualities and is appropriate for no audience.
For a coherent treatment of a C++ subset see Gregory Satir's "C++ The Core Language" (O'Reilly ISBN 1-56592-116-X)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Service-Oriented Architecture : A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Thomas Erl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
not enough of these books


Reading this book I felt like the author slapped me in the face and then dunked my head in cold water all the while saying "look, this is what it's really like!". I thought I understood everything I needed to about Web services, but this book hit me with a dose of reality that really opened my eyes. It's a big book, and when it first arrived, I looked at it and thought "no way am I reading all of that", but once I got into it I didn't want to put it down. Still haven't finished it all, as some of the stuff doesn't pertain to my work, but I got thru a good 75% of it (which is a lot for someone with my attention span). The author of this book has no qualms about stating things the way they really are, as opposed to the way they should be or the way they are advertised to be. I wish there were more books like this.