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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
So Many Errors ...

I am using the first edition of this book and there are so many errors that by the time I was half-way through the book I no longer felt comfortable with any of the sample code. At times I wasn't sure whether I was having a hard time grasping the subject or I just couldn't make sense of it because there were so many errors.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of 3-D Computer Animation and Effects, Third Edition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Isaac Victor Kerlow
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very Disappointed...

Normally, I wouldn't comment on books that I have purchased, but this book fell way short of my expections. If you a beginner to the 3d arena then this book will give you a lot of general information regarding how the 3d world evolved and is still growing. For intermediate and advance users SAVE YOUR MONEY.
The first few charpters are devoted to the history of computer animation and the computer industry. Look, if you don't know how to use a computer by now. Why would you be buying a book on computer animation. Instead you should be buying a book on how to use a computer and what components make up a computer.
Very poor organizational structure through out the book, when I would read a sentence or paragraph and it refrence a fig #, I found myself going back and forth a few pages to locate the item he was speaking of and it continued throughout the book. This became very cumbersome and annoying after a while. I could go on for hours about my disappoint but I'm sure you get the point.
Most of the things discuss in this book are general terms that you can find in many 3d books on the market, as well as the web and your 3d manual that shipped with your 3d software. Nothing in this book is specific, so be warned. One other thing, his website is a joke. www.artof3d.com Nothing inspiring at all, and very amateurish to say the least. I gave it one star for beginners only.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Duncan Davidson, Inc. Apple Computer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Lacks detail

When I started this book, I had no knowlege of Cocoa (aside from the first version, which stank(stunk?)), or any programming besides Applescript.This book seemed to know that, and didn't pretend that I had been a programmer for five years. The book got me familiar to Cocoa in probably the best way, and it's short, allowing me to find my next source of info. In short, whether you've programmed before (you probably want to have done some Applescript or BASIC first, though) or are a novice, this can get you started with a very powerful, easy language. it was kinda fun, too. I am not an adult.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf CD-ROM
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: O'Reilly & Associates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Reference

Putting aside the CD-Roms, the alpha layout of the book itself is wonderful and just what I was looking for. Very concise and and again the book itself is worth the money. It is made to be used as a resource and a reference. I wish other books were laid out this way. After spending hrs and hrs looking thru books I finally found my first choice.