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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
TMTOWTDI


TMTOWTDI-There's more than one way to do it, Perl's famous moto.This book is a lean mean learning machine. It's not for perl beginners though, like I was when I bought it. I found I had to research every other new concept while reading until I came across another fantastic book by OReilly called 'Learning Perl' which answered all of my questions, and paved my way to understanding the perl bible (aka, Programming Perl).
It won't have you sitting at the edge of your seat waiting to turn the next page, but it will have your customers sitting in suspense on how you wrote such a [kicking] program that does so many things, all while being so fast.
The best thing about this book combined with Learning Perl, is if you don't like (or in my case don't understand) how they did an example it's a cakewalk to program it entirley different with no adverse effects. Obviously I'd have to try pretty hard to program something differently than Larry Wall and make it faster or just as fast, but that's not the point.



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


I dont know how some people are giving this book five stars, but its like this. It went over things too quick, didnt explain any of what was going on, and pretty much, the authors just took a few functions outta of the javascript library and threw into this book, wrote a real quick non-complete description of it, and probably only spent a week making this book. I bet those people giving the 5 star ratings are just the company getting onto amazon and making up names and stuff just so they will get your money. Trust me, this book is terrible! Even if you know all the C++, VB, or whatever, this book skips things like understanding what is going on, they just throw stuff in and dont explain what is going on, they assume you know already (even though you dont). The only good thing this book is for is firewood.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice in C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: James D. Foley, Andries van Dam, Steven K. Feiner, John F. Hughes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hardcore


Let me reiterate what a few others have said:
"This book is for thinking and researching."
"This is not a book that you can read while sipping a glass of wine..."
"the bible of computer graphics"
This is not a book that you will end up copying source code out of(a good thing). This book was my first step into the hardcore graphics world, and it was great. I don't think that more source code would enhance this book at all, mabye even the opposite. Source code is not what this book is about. If you are planning on implementing some of these algorithms, you must know how to code well, period. This is not a "here's how to code in C" manual, it's a "these are the principles of Computer Graphics." It's everything it claims to be.
I particurally like the excercises at the end of every chapter. Although I don't do them all, it gives me a guide to practice what I learned. The math in this book is not as hard as some make it out to be. It is Matrix/Vector algrebra and some calc. A glossary would have been a nice touch, as some of the vocabulary can be overwhelming at times, especially the acronyms.
"Recommended for the hardcore programming freaks." Hope the authors (I'm going to give credit to more than Foley) plan to write again.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mikkel Aaland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's about time


Finally - a book on Photoshop Elements that's chock full of real life projects. This book avoids the boring beginners stuff and gets right to the pratical problems.
The book contains just enough humor to remind you that this stuff should be fun - and it is. Follow along with Mikkel Aaland's projects step by step and develop a keen sense of the the power of Photoshop Elements.