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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing


This is one of the best management books I've read; written in a software development context, but its principles can apply to any of the more "thought-oriented" professions. The book has also started me on some interesting reading tangents, based on some of the sources. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in success, whether they happen to be managers or not.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good book on TCP/IP


It is simple and clear. The numerous references to the related RFC's make the reader to learn more about networking.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3ds max 7 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kelly L. Murdock
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Complete but confusing


While this book covers a lot of material it is very confusing. The first chapter shouldn't be attempted until you read the second chapter. The first exercise asks you to create a project without first taking you through the interface. That comes in the second chapter.

Not the best book for a beginner. The tutorials that come with 3ds max are better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Advanced for Windows and Macintosh : Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual Quickpro Guide)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Russell Chun, Joe Garraffo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good intro to Actionscript 2.0 for non-programmers


I develop web applications (PHP, MySQL and some Javascript) for
our company and I was looking for an Actionscript 2.0 book after
reading "Show Me! Macromedia Flash MX 2004"from Que. I bought
this book because of the great reviews here. Am I disappointed?

Well, the content is good but the instructions are somewhat
repetitive. I was used to other books showing the code first,
then explaining what it does and moving on from there without
repeating previous instructions.

This book handholds its readers like they're babies (I don't
want to use the word "dummies") and this book could have been
halved if it didn't treat its readers as such. I mean how many
times do the authors have to say, "Select the first frame of the
root Timeline, and open the Actions panel" or "Create a new line
after your last line of code from the preceding task". There
are other texts repeated this way. It wastes space that could
have been used for other tips (i.e. real and faked physics for
advanced animation).

If I were a non-programmer, this books scores 5 but since I'm
not I'd have to say its a 4. Personally, it could be 4.5 but I'd
have to take the 0.5 for the repetitive instructions.

If know you know how to program already, I suggest you look for
other Actionscript 2.0 books here that rates 5 (I'm sorry I
can't recommend any as this is my first Actionscript 2 book but
not the last one I hope).