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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Vertex and Pixel Shaders (Programming Series)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Authors: Wolfgang Engel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Book!


I have recently completed an online course (www.gameversity.com) organised by Wolfgang Engel, which included identical material to this book.
The material covered is perfectly balanced - I started the course with no working knowledge of shader programming. The initial concepts are clearly explained and unlaboured, despite the inevitable rush of information! Once you learn the ropes, it gives good explanations and implementations of more advanced topics and cutting-edge techniques.
I can now write and develop my own Shader Model 1.x/2.x/3.0/HLSL shaders, applications to implement them, and develop new techniques confidently. What more can you ask for?!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick and Painless and Easy


My copy of this book is hopelessly dog-eared and marked with notes. It's gotten the most use out of all my computer books. It teaches the basics of SQL in an easy manner and then is useful as a reference thereafter. It's cheap too. It's bare-bones but hits all the essentials.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: After Effects in Production: A Companion for Creating Motion Graphics
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
an excellent book. Buy it


Nothing to say except you must have in your library. Full of real works examples in the Cd. Better than go to an expensive academic to improve your level in after effects. Excellent.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the Korn Shell (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Straight to the top!


When I started my current position, I had little to no experience in scripting. After reading this book I have become the top scripter on our team. Now when tasks need to be automated, I've become the go-to-guy (not always good but at least it is a form of recognition). I have recommened this book to new memebers of my team. In fact, I think someone has my copy now. Hummm... who was it?