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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Falls short of its potential


This is a good book. I didn't want to compare this book to previous books by Andre, but I can't help it.
As for the issue of cut/paste, most of the source code is exactly a cut/paste of WGPFD, down to the typos in the comments. If you have both, check for yourself.
He does include a lot more in this book than in WGPFD, but except for DirectMusic, most of it either doesn't belong in a game programming book (linked lists, binary trees), or he barely even mentions (genetic algorithms, isometric views). It could have been so much more. He also stresses 8 bit color too much, and not the others.
As for the style of writting, this is a low for LaMothe. He puts in a <G> at least once every other page, usually following a lame joke. He also seems to think it's a good idea to refer to his readers as weird names. For instance: "Cool, home slice?" I'm sorry, but what is that in there for?
The content is generrally there, but it definitely falls short of its potential. I hope Andre does better on his next book. If you don't own WGPFD, strongly recommended. If you do, it's not recommended as highly. Knowledge of C is required.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best introduction to database management


MySQL is a wonderful database management system, and this book is the perfect complement to it. As a professional database administrator, I refer to this book nearly every day. With the combination of this book, and one of the many fine PHP references available, you'll be able to set up a solid, working, Web-based database system in a matter of days to weeks.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good C# book right from the horses's mouth


Although many people always want to dislike any book Microsoft publishes you have to realize one unargueable thing: It's the best source of official information, especially if you are studying towards a MS certification.
With that said I can say this book will help you learn C# but it probably isn't the best way to learn if you've never written C# or C/C++ code bofer as you might want to pick another book such as "C# Step by Step" which is alos by MS publishing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must!


This book will not only teach you HTML (in very concise one-page lessons, a great way to learn!) but will continue to serve as a reference. I pick it up all the time when I have a question. The chapters are easy to read and she makes the concepts easy to understand ... its a wonder more computer books aren't written this way. If you need to learn HTML and want to do so quickly yet painlessly, you won't regret buying this book.