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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 2, Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Douglas Schmidt, Michael Stal, Hans Rohnert, Frank Buschmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wealth of knowledge on networked OO programming

This text embodies many years of proven and ratified research borne by Professor Schmidt and his extremely bright students at Washington University, St Louis. This is a book, that the writers can be justly proud of - it is a fine compilation of some of the most valuable principles and leading edge thinking of OO based communications programming of today.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Firewalls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Robert Ziegler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The perfect firewall book

I've spent countless hours digging through other linux security books trying to find firewall setup information (particularly ipchains configuration info). This book is far and away the best one I've come across. It felt like it was written specifically for me - the material was presented in just the right order, with just the right level of detail. I read about half of it in one sitting and was immediately able to debug my firewall setup afterwards. I solved my problem within minutes, and had a lot more confidence in my ability to work with ipchains. This was money well spent.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

This is a Very confuing book.The authors haven't gave focus on some very important topics.Is not for beginners.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Compositing for Film and Video with CDROM
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Steve Wright
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise technical information!

I really struggled through the first chapter, but after that is stared to make more sense. This book is very technical, and many topics like 10-bit logarithmic color are definitely complex concepts, but generally the author does an excellent job of explaining them as simply as possible.
Explanations for what is happening 'under the hood' of a lot of compositing tools are explained, as well as how to achieve them manually. Stuff like keying, despill, unsharp mask, and defocus operations. I've read the 2 other main compositing textbooks available on Amazon.com, I would say this is definitely better than "Digital Compositing In Depth", and slightly better than "The Art & Science of Digital Compositing". It's definitely the most detailed and technical of the 3 books.
I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner, it'd be more suited to someone who has composited for a few years and wants to better understand the underlying concepts of their compositing software.