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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Compositing In Depth: The Only Guide to Post Production for Visual Effects in Film
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Doug Kelly
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
There's a lot of wasted paper here


I can't say the book doesn't have any useful information within its pages, because it does have some. But considering its size, it doesn't have much. The author could have written 2 seperate books, one on compositing, and one on Digital Fusion, and still used less paper. At one point, he spends 15 pages showing the reader how to preform a simple time-stretching feature on every piece of compositing software. Then he uses 15 pages to show you how to reverse footage for every piece of compositing software. I found the book very frustrating to try to read from cover to cover. He also tells you constantly to refer to the manuals of programs that are not Digital Fusion. I wouldn't describe the coverage of Digital Fusion are truely 'in depth' either. But someone who uses Digital Fusion would get more out of the book than I did.
This book could have been much better, I'm surprised so many people actually like it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply .... Excellent.


If you've used PGP before or if you are interested in understanding digital encryption technology, this is the best introduction that you can find.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
High Impact Book


I didn't realize that I would learn quite so much before I read this book. It's challenging and fun.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Better, Faster, Lighter Java
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bruce A. Tate, Justin Gehtland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Common sense advice for practical Java


As the title implies this book is a scattershot of topics for improving your Java architecture and implementation patterns. Bruce is always practical and pragmatic in his approach and it's no different here. He covers test first development very well. There is also an excellent section on transparency. But much like a theme album this short book is supposed to be ingested whole. Definitely a must have for professional Java developers.