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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Vision: A Modern Approach
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David A. Forsyth, Jean Ponce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Look for something else to learn Computer Vision


this book sucks! terms are often inconsistent and expressions always unclear. Many simple concepts are written in very complicated ways. Perhaps this is because the author want this book to look more "academic". Don't buy this book unless you are already an expert in this area



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Windows XP (ExtremeTech)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Steve Sinchak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
4 stars for the book, 0 for the format price


Just a bit of advice for the author: if you offer an etext version
of a book, such as with 'Hacking Windows XP', it would be
prudent to sell it for less than the print edition. It does not
take a genius to figure out that it costs more to print a book
than to sell a digital etext, and people look for etexts in
order to save money...not pay the same price as for a print
edition.

Otherwise, the book is wonderful! I am using it at least once
a week to modify many different aspects of WinXP, and I highly
recommend this book even for a person relatively ignorant of
how to use Windows.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Dark Side of Game Texturing
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: David Franson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Brilliant


Although quite adept in Photoshop, I thought this book gave me more "lessons" then I thought initially possible. Overall, I thought it was an excellent read as one can read this over a weekend sitting in front of the computer and replicating each step 1 by 1, or just out on the couch for fun. From the author's insights into game texturing, I was able to quickly gleam how I could instantly recreate the same effects and now am confident discussin game texturing techniques with anyone. I don't generally write reviews, but this one was worth it. This is definitely a good book for anyone who wants to UP their skills and deepen their knowledge.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Get if you want to master Transact-Sql


This book was my lifeline when I moved from Informix to Sql 2k. My shop recently moved all of our applications (about 15) from Informix to Sql 2k. We could not have done it without this book.
It builds on what you can find in the product documentation and teaches the many things you have to know to use Transact-Sql in real production systems. The product docs don't tell even half the story so a book like this is indespensible.
We bought 20 copies of this book when we first began researching our migration. Now that we're through we're adding some more team members so I am buying five more copies this afternoon. I would hate to think where our migration would have ended up without this great book.