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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A good book in its own right..

but think twice if you already have "Windows Game Programming for Dummies" and "The Black Art of 3D Game Programming".
I ordered this book back in July having enjoyed Mr Lamothe's 'for Dummies book, wanting to get deeper into Windows game programming. In the meantime though I bought 'Black Art and put the knowledge in that book to use in a Windows context. Now I have read as much as I need of this new book to realise that I didn't need to buy it. Volume 2 is what I need, now I know there's a volume 2!
Having said that, it is a very good book in its own right and the price is certainly reasonable for its size. If you already have 'Dummies and are no longer a complete beginner, then save your money and get volume 2. If you are starting out, this is certainly a good place to begin.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A good beginner book...

I've had great luck with some of the Visual Quick Start guides and had high hopes for this book. My objective was to learn enough JavaScript to make our Web pages more functional and interesting.
Also, I'm pretty well-versed in HTML so I'm not exactly clueless.
By the time I was finished with the second chapter, I was thoroughly confused. I would have preferred that the authors built on the language and then provided practical applications. Instead that threw a lot of basics at you in the first chapter and by the second chapter were throwing some fairly complex algorythms at you like randomization. Another complaint is that some of the scripts they give you don't work. At least not in the browsers I used.
I am a technical writer and trainer by profession and this book appalled me. Hey Tom and Dori if you want to write a book that makes sense send me an email.
One more thing. The authors wrote in a cutsey style that continually irritated me and that I found somewhat patronizing and condescending.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering BEA WebLogic Server: Best Practices for Building and Deploying J2EE Applications
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gregory Nyberg, Robert Patrick, Paul Bauerschmidt, Jeff McDaniel, Raja Mukherjee, Gregory Nyberg, Robert Patrick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Marvelous WebLogic reference, thorough coverage

This is the best WebLogic book I have read till now. Author clearly states that this is not a beginners' reference, and I liked the book mainly because it is not; this book gets right into the meaty stuff without wasting pages and time on covering stuff that's splattered all over the internet in numerous free tutorials.
This book covers WebLogic 8.1, touches upon features specific to WebLogic (not plain old J2EE stuff) and the coverage is pretty deep. For example, coverage of weblogic-tags taglib for JSP development, or the 'APP-INF' magic folder introduced in WL8.1 for application level libraries (oh, this was like a sore thumb in the previous WL releases and still is in J2EE spec) gives insight into advantages one gets using WebLogic over other J2EE platforms (much better than other books wasting pages and time on advantage of using 'a' J2EE platform).
One of the features I loved about this book is the interspersed 'Best Practice' guides, you know reading a best practice guide by itself (like Floyd Marinesku's EJB Design Pattern) can sometimes get boring, here the best practices are put in perspective by discussing them in the right context, juxtaposing them with the problem these best practices address, along with code snippets and all, great job!
The discussion on WebLogic clusters is the best I have seen till now and the config/architecture suggestions for development and production environments are very useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

Dont waste your time on this book. I used this book as my primary study guide along with the BFQ tests, and when I took the test I scored a 716. I have 3 MCP's and my A+ and never even came close to failing a test. I studied for 2 months, passed the included online test with a 996 every time I took it, and also consistently scored above 950 on the BFQ tests. With this in mind I felt I was prepared to take the test. Let me add that I wasnt just memorizing ?s and answers. This book goes way off track on most subjects, and doesn't cover critical areas that are tested on the exam. I'd say it covers about 20 - 25% of what is needed to pass the test. There are also alot of typos. Crypto is BIG...HUGE...and the book barely flys over it as its one of the smallest chapters. Now that I wasted about 50$ on this book and 225$ on the test for studying inappropriate material, I have decided to go with the trustworthy SYBEX book. I used these for muy other exams and had no problem. And its certified by CompTIA.
Good Luck
PS: Who the heck is giving these bogus 5 star reviews anyway!!!They must not have read the book.