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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Cartooning with FLASH (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Daniel Gray, Gary Leib, John Kuramoto
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
ehhh, okay...


I can't evaluate this book's value for an expert point of view, since I'm more of a beginer rather than an expert.
So, I must 5*-rate it just because it showed me just about everything I should know about animation, but also opens your doors to the world of Cartooning. This is not one of those Dogma-like books where the Universal Solution is the goal.
Here you can understand what's going on, and then give your best shot!
Sure I wouldn't mind a thing if Gary Leib would have 400 more pages dedicated to the drawing section, but at least I got myself a direction of what steps should I follow, since the amount of information in this kind of mean, is simply staggering (at least I think so).
Since I think a book never ends on it's last page, I didn't hesitate and got myself sharing some ideas and feedback with John Kuramoto via email... So, that extra mile gives the 5* status to the book.
I'm not saying this is the very best you can find, but it is the best I could find, and I recommend it.
Conclusion:
Go for it! And if you don't like it at all, you can always cross the ocean and beat me ;-)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Theodore S. Rappaport, Theodore Rappaport
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
this is an understandble way of reading a book of telecom.


In my opinion, THE book for introductory coursework in wireless (non-satellite) communications systems. Though the author claims the material can be covered in a single semester, I think it is better to plan a two-semester sequence at either the advanced undergraduate or early graduate levels. A background in calculus, probability theory, and communications signal analysis is necessary.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply a Riot!


Where to begin?

Mr. Krug has a writing style that matches my own: logical, easy to follow, and full of humor. Once I started reading, I simply couldn't put the book down.

This book gives a copious amount of information about the right ways and wrong ways to design a web site. Mr. Krug easily pairs this information with live examples of sites that are online, or intranet sites in which he played a part. Interjected in this valuable information are some of the funniest barbs, observations, and comments I've heard in quite some time.

Most of the concepts in this book are straight common sense. So common, in fact, that we tend to overlook them, and consequently violate the rules. Don't worry, Mr. Krug gently points them out to you with vivid pictures and diagrams, and has you laughing while he does it. He even has a name for his business that ties in to this common sense mentality. Read the book - you'll understand...and smile.

Want to know what billboards and roadsigns in Los Angeles and Boston have to do with web design? Read the book. You'll soon discover yourself critiqing road signs and such in the area of town you live. Department stores will become a library of examples on how to organize and display information. And you'll always, ALWAYS find yourself analyzing web sites that you already frequent, and pointing out what works and what could be improved upon.

One question: are you a scanner or reader? You'll find out once you read this book. And then you'll be amazed at the accuracy of what Mr. Krug has said and what you actually do when you're on the web.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Where is the meat?


I'm a new perl user, and I found no new information in thisbook. It has the same depth of coverage that can be had for FREE allover the 'Net.
Don't buy this book. It's not worth the purchase price!