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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introducing Microsoft .Net, Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David S. Platt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Short and to the point

This is one of the shortest programming books I have ever read. It is approximately 198 pages. Unfortunately, the book glosses over much of the material. You may not learn much, but you will learn it quickly. It is a good introduction to .NET and will definitely help you understand the longer asp.net and VB.net books you will read. I give it three stars for the material and five for the length. Overall, it accomplishes what it promises (an introduction). I give it four stars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Maya Character Animation
Publisher: Sybex Books
Authors: Jaejin Choi
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not for the faint hearted

This book covers intermediate modeling, UV mapping, texturing and animation. If you are already familiar witht the basics of maya then this book is great to get you familiar with the more complex techniques in modeling, shading, rigging, and animation. Although i agree some pictures are hard to see in the modeling section i would highly recommend this book, i haven't seen any other MAYA book with pictures as good as this one. Sure, you can spend the time to look for FREE tutorials on the internet but then you pay your TIME searching on a subject, sometimes getting a page that doesn't give you what you where looking for. You could instead be flipping through this niceley organized book and go straight to the subject you want to learn more about.
I got this book and i am already way ahead of other students in my Maya 3d animation class. In no way is this book or any book as good as attending school under a teachers who know. I keep it for reference and take it with me any time i go to work on maya. If you plan to be a professional, you are better off with it than without it. It is the best book ive seen so far.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the bash Shell, 3rd Edition (Nutshell Handbooks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cameron Newham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good introduction

You want to learn Bash, use it, read man pages, whatever. If Bash is the shell you chose, maybe you don't need a book because you can learn what you need at the terminal. I like this book because sometimes I don't have a terminal in front of me, like when I'm sitting on the bus in the morning. So I have this book with me, and I read a few pages rather than stare out the window. It's cheap, so what the heck, if you are a Bash user and feel like there's more to learn then grab it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding Reference Guide!

This book addressed my questions and then some! I've been tackling Group Policy problems for months and within minutes of jumnping to the chapter on Group Policies, I better understood where my problem was (and the new Group Policy Management Console is REALLY a Windows 2003 add-in that shouldn't be skipped!)
We're collapsing a couple of our domains into a centralized forest, and some of the tips in the book clarified a misunderstanding that my colleagues have been arguing for weeks.
I haven't even scratched the surface of this book, but I have a feeling it'll be well used for many many months to come.