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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Autodesk VIZ 2005
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: George Omura, Scott Onstott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well worth the money

I must admit that it took me two months to decide wether to buy this one or not and it was worth the wait. I am no newbie in 3D modeling (I use Maya) but as I am currently learning MAX with architecture modeling as my goal , I decided to see if this book teaches me new tricks - It does. This book is 99% architecture related and has very usefull info for both newbies AND pros alike. It is written in an easy to understand language and is chock full with tips and tricks. The text is very dense and lots and lots of screen captures - mostly small ones so the book is not a images-only book. The authors took considerable time to update the information with regard to the new features of VIZ2005.
Two missing chapters, though: NURBS and Patch modeling (the latter mentioned in a tiny chapter in the appendix)

There is also a much needed chapter on VIZ and PhotoShop and many more issue that are usually missing in MAX/VIZ books.

One BIG problem with this book: Your competition may benefit from it , too....

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very good prep book for the CISSP exam

The book is definitely a good prep guide for the CISSP exam. Although hazy in some chapters, I found All-in-one particularly interesting and easy to read. Shon Harris presents the future exam taker with the perspective that he/she should adopt in order to pass the test something which is very important (the test questions are also quite good). Finally, it is a good reference as it provides a solid base over different areas of Security. However, remember that there is no All-in-one book for the CISSP exam. You should go over different reads while experience is also important. For those interested, I have managed to pass the test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I wish my manager had read it!

Another classic book about succeeding in the software business. Like in his previous books, the author speaks right into a developer's heart (and hopefully into a manager's brains).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Financial Modeling - 2nd Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Simon Benninga
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
TOO BASIC for professionals

I am an budget and forecast analyst and consider this book a waste of money for professionals. The author approaches the topics like cash flow and cost analysis as if the reader were a freshmen student. I was disappointed because the book is not what it claims to be. At the cash flow analysis, the author worries about how to show that the depreciation should be added to the profit after tax. Anybody who works in the field knows that. Then, the author goes to the spreadsheets. They are so simple that anyone could do the same on a piece of paper and still be faster. I felt I spent US$60 for nothing.