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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginner's Guide to DarkBASIC Game Programming
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Jonathan S. Harbour, Joshua R. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
5 stars!!!!


I agree with the previous commenter, that this is a really good book for beginners that are new to DarkBasic.
Jonathan and Joshua both did really excellent jobs on this title as for being able to make it easy to follow. The subjects covered are very basic, but you have to start somewhere.
And also, as for covering "real world" projects, to have tried to cover a "First Person Shooter" (FPS), or even a "Flight Sim", would have taken up a lot more than just this one volume could summize.
The topics covered are pretty much what ALL beginner's need to cover with ANY language. And After all, that is what DarkBasic is, just another development language. But one that is aimed primarily at game development.
All in all, I'd say that they [the authors] did an excellent job with "Beginner's Guide to DarkBasic Game Programming".
For those looking for an excellent introduction to this marvelous game/graphics development tool, then THIS is definitely the book you've been looking for.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David Sceppa
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good intro to ADO.Net programming


This book was very instrumental in my leap from classic ADO to ADO.Net. The book is very easy to follow and gives good code examples. The book gives a great introduction to all the key principles of ADO.Net and won't leave you stranded without a clue.
The only downsides to this book are:The book is written for both C# and VB.Net development and would have been very thin if not so. The book was a very quick read, only taking about 4 days to finish. More detail could have been given in the space taken. The other problem I had was that the cover of the book came unglued from the book when I was about 1/2 way through, which wasn't pleasing to say the least.Lastly, some examples contain errors, which only slightly takes away from the greatness of the book.
Based on content and how easy it was to pick up on ADO.Net I have to give 4 stars.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Global Illumination
Publisher: AK Peters, Ltd.
Authors: Philip Dutre, Philippe Bekaert, Kavita Bala
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A straightforward, university studies level text


The collaborative effort of Philip Dutre (Department of Computer Science, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium), Philippe Bekaert (Max Planck Institut for Informatik, Saarbrocken, Germany), and Kavita Bala (Program of Computer Graphics, Cornell University), Advanced Global Illumination is a straightforward, university studies level text concerning with and focused upon global illumination algorithms, which are most commonly used for creating realistic images in computer animation. Addressing the physics of light transport; stochastic path tracing and radiosity; Monte Carlo integration; approaches for turning theory and mathematical concepts into computer programming code; how to build a global illumination system; and much, much more, Advanced Global Illumination is a superbly organized and presented academic teaching tool and resource.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A MUST HAVE!


In this day and age its VERY HARD to take even a small glimpse of the future, but this Appleman's book does that. If you want to know for sure where to put to work your precious time and catch-up with the trend of VB programming technology (the real one), buy this one, you won't regret the purchase