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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Director MX 2004 Bible (Bible)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Brian Underdahl, John R. Nyquist, Robert Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Director Book and tutorials


I've read many of Brian Underdahl's books and like his style of writing and how he uses examples. I'm somewhat familiar with Director, but never really knew how complex this application is... the book goes into special effects and scripting much deeper than I expected, but was glad to learn it. I've had a few opportunities since reading the book to actually implement some of the material in some multimedia presentations for some clients. They were wow'd! One client asked me how in the world I got a particular animated sequence to work because a previous freelancer couldn't do it - I told him I had a reference book that explained it quite clearly. There just aren't that many Director books out there that go deep - most of the ones I have are very simplistic and go over the basic toolbars and animation techniques... if you're looking for some advanced topics, put this book on your list. Worth the $.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book


Tom's book is the only language book to occupy shelf space above my workstation and has proved an valuable resource when I was knee deep in learning C#. It still sits there so I can get a quick reminder on how things work.
Nice work Tom, I'm looking forward to getting the second edition in my hands :-)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Loaded with code and expert help


The best thing about this book is the experience that lines its pages. You can tell the author has written a T-SQL query or two. Some books have From the Trenches sections. This entire book is from the trenches. The emphasis is on practical use - Henderson doesn't talk about what you can't use, but he talks about everything you can. He leaves the beginner-level stuff to the BOL and other books, and sticks with the stuff you can't get anywhere else. That alone makes the book worth reading. Pick it up if you want to learn the secrets of the masters.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Derrick Story
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent guide for enthusiasts.


This book has many useful tips and tricks that will give the digital photographer plenty to think about and put into practice. It also pointed me in the right direction for software to make large panoramic compositions less time consuming than before. The Max Lyons site is an excellent resource for examples of really large panoramics, with resolutions of up to a gigabyte.
This book and and Photoshop Elements 2 will get the enthusiast well up and running.