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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Bit Rushed, but Still a Great Book!


While there are errors, and more errors, it remains extremely valuable. I think he could have skipped the Win32 section, and pushed the reader to Charles Petzold, nonetheless overall very valuable topics (especially the physics modelling, math algorithms, and others). The book is worth its weight in gold, especially since MFC is not used (There is a truckload of overhead from hell). I am patiently waiting for Volume II. One more thing, Andre' thinks he is funny, but he's not.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
mastering windows server 2003


An excellent book all around. I believe that Mark tells us in the forward of the book that this is essentially a revised edition of the Windows 2000 book, which is somewhat true. This book sits on my desk open to one chapter or another pretty much all the time, as did the previous version and the version before that. I have been running a Windows 2000 Active Directory for about a year now after about a year's worth of planning and I consider myself to be fairly proficient. Yet, there are very few days that go by when I don't need to refer to Mark's book. I purchased the Mastering Windows Server 2003 book to prepare for my upgrades and found that it isn't *just* the Mastering Windows 2000 Server book along with the changes in Windows 2003. Instead, I found that LOTS of the material has been updated. In fact, material that has been the same for two or three editions has now been updated. I needed some real detail on an NTFS problem that I was having, and found a completely revised file system chapter. It is obvious to me that a lot of effort was put into making this edition even better than the last one was. I've yet to regret staying current with the new editions of the book and this one is no exception. Nowhere else have I found as complete a volume on the workings of Microsoft's server OS and all of its pieces in such a readable and easy going format. The book has a great writing style and the CD sure comes in handy. The volume stays on my desk in the office and the cd stays in my case. Together they have made my job so much easier!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Still using for UNIX admin


This is a great learning book. It has many good examples. However, I was in two classes that tried to expand on the examples. It took excessively long to find small syntax problems. If you are used to "c" you can make one-liners with out using those curly brackets (braces), in perl you do not find out that this does not work until you try to run the program. Keeping with that thought this book is of very little help to anyone that does not already know UNIX scripting and concepts. In addition, if you are doing CGI and want pictures, there are some here.

On the positive side the book shows several good sites you can go to for detailed help. And maybe I am hoping for too much as the description of the purpose of perl is:
"Perl is designed to assist the programmer with common tasks that are probably too heavy or too portability-sensitive for the shell, and yet too weird or short-lived or complicated to code in C or some other UNIX glue language."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ultimate reference


Granted it is not a book for beginners or dabblers, but it shows you the subtle differences of JavaScript that will definitely separate you from the amatuers. Great reference in times of great need.