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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical, informative and fun

This is a compact book with a lot of kick. The authors are experts in their field. There are no paddings of fluff or handholding. Writing is intelligent and concise. Information flows from chapter to chapter with clear purpose. The examples are excellent, focusing on essential problems all programmers go through one time or another. These days I don't program in C much but rather use a more higher level language like Python,Perl,Java,Ruby,etc. If you're like me and benefit from these wonderful languages or environments then this is the book to thank. Because chances are, those gifted programmers who wrote the languages you use everyday probably built the corner stones of their skillsets with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Maya Character Animation
Publisher: Sybex Books
Authors: Jaejin Choi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book for begineers

I've just starting to learn 3D character modeling using Maya. So I searched the net to get online tutorial but I'm not satisfied on their approach. Then I tried amazon.co.jp to search for the best book on the subject - I found Maya Character Animation.This is a great book - easy to learn with the author's approach. After I have finished quickstart tutorial, I'm pretty confident to start my own project. Thanks for your great work Mr. Choi.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A+ is so cool.

I love the A+ certification. There are so many things I thought I knew, but really had no clue about my computer. It's fun to sit in conversations with those who "know" computers and be able to follow along, knowing what they are talking about and being able to correct them when they're wrong, which happens more often then you would think.
This book is great. It discusses all of the important aspects of creating and maintaining a healthy computer. I liked the examples and found it challenging, but not overwhelming in it's concepts.
It is a great reference book, I often find myself consulting it for specific answers even though I have almost read it cover to cover. It sounds wierd to be saying it but I really enjoy reading it like a novel as well. There are a lot of times that I go looking for a specific answer and find myself reading on, learning more and enjoying the journey.
Thanks Mike Meyers,

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best of the best

Let's see - 600+ code samples, in-depth coverage of all things TSQL, top-notch writing, poignant quotes, code you can actually USE -- what else is there? This one is over the top. My favorite things are:
1) The motherlode of undocumented features - some real sleuthing went into uncovering these
2) The inclusion of abridged results with the sample queries (allowed me to read through most of the book commuting back and forth to London without breaking out my laptop). That said, Henderson avoids repeating the obvious, and clips where it makes sense (as he promises in the Preface).
3) The exhaustive coverage of subjects technically not TSQL-specific, such as full text search, OLE automation, transactions, and cursors. For the first time, I think I finally have a handle on how transactions work.
I had to buy a second copy of this book because I wore the first one out! If you'd like to learn the nuances of Transact SQL from a master teacher, get this book and read it cover-to-cover.