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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OpenGL SuperBible (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Richard S Wright, Benjamin Lipchak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Truly from Beginned to Intermediate

1173 pages of everything you need to know about how to program in Open GL and it's extensions in areas like shading. This is the third edition of this book, and like Microsoft's software, with the third release it's finally come together pretty well. It starts off with a pretty good introduction. I like that. So many computer books seem to leave out the first twenty pages that should describe just what it is that we're trying to do here.

After it says what we're trying to do, then it talks about where Open GL came from, why it came at all and where it's going. It starts simple with a program that's only about six lines of code. From there it gets as complex as you want to go.

Covers of computer books often say something like "For Beginning to Intermediate Users." It's rare that I find that this is true. Usually the books are too short to start out simple enough and then take it far enough to truly cover the intermediate lefe. This one does.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWSP Certified Wireless Security Professional Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-200)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another Great Book...just one question though!

I spent many, many hours going over the CWSP Official Study Guide. I feel like Devin Akin did an awesome job of authoring it. This book was developed to help people attain the Certified Wireless Security Professional certification but I use it whenever I need a definitive answer on questions related to wireless security.
A ton of research was put into making sure all types of wireless security products were covered and I think you'll benefit not only from the challenge of the CWSP exam but also from the knowledge you'll gain while studying for it. I can certainly vouch that undertaking this complex subject has definitely helped my career in the IT industry. Getting the CWNA and CWSP certifications could do the same for yours.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
More Care Required

I knew of Joe Celko from his contributions to database-related magazines and had great expectations of this work.
However, while there is much in the book that is worthwhile, I found it terribly sloppy, not only in the practical solutions supplied but in all aspects of the book. Nearly every sample piece of code, even quite short snippets, has a bug in it; the descriptions of the problems he is attempting to solve and the explanations of the solutions are full of unstated assumptions; and much of the general text is imprecise or vague and skims over areas that could do with more detailed explanations. Some parts I have read several times over without being able to make any sense of them.
In fact, I have come to the point where, if a section of text or a practical example seems wrong or difficult to follow, I don't know any more if it's Joe's fault or mine.
To Joe's credit, I can say that I have corresponded with him and he was quick to reply and was willing to continue the discussion when I followed up. He generally comes across as a "great guy", and he did accept my criticism of the solution he'd given to a problem and produced a satisfactory alternative, but every point I made to him had to be explained in detail and I still felt at the end that he wouldn't get the solution 100% right when he incorporated it in his book.
One section of the book that I found absolutely fascinating was a short description of the standardization process of the Western or Gregorian calendar. It was mostly irrelevant to the topic of the book but fascinating nonetheless. There are other gems scattered throughout, he has a good list of references and I have found he has made several points which I could quote to support my postion in arguments in standards committee meetings, but I feel that it would take as much more effort to get the book right as it has take already to produce it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pointers on C
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Kenneth Reek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I am going to buy a copy for my own, and you should, too!

OK. I confess. At the moment I write this review, I don't actually own a copy of this book. After reading previous reviews on this title, I borrow it from the public library. And, ... it is even better than I expected! Allow me quote a paragraph from the preface: "... In my ten years of teaching a college-level course on C programming, I have yet to find a book that covers pointers the way I would like. ..." Well, same here! And finally, this book fulfill the empty space.
Although some exercises are a bit too "academic", overall, this book uses its unique way to explain some most confusing concepts in C, which is awesome. Enough talking, I am going to buy a copy for my own and I suggest you do the same.