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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Passable, but definately not for gurus


I have to agree that this appears to be the dummies book with some added filler. I own both, and now it looks like I will wait for the Volume II he talks about constantly in this one, where he will actually start to address some of the 3D programming and some advanced topics. 3D should have been left out of the title on this one.
My advice: If you own his Game Programming for Dummies, don't waste your money, if not, buy this as a starting point.
Also: Am I the only one who is tired of 20% or more of most programming books covering Programming 101? Over 200 pages on basic Windows programming in this one. 200 more pages on topic would have been better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Interface Design for Programmers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Basic theory in Human Interface Design. Nothing new.


If you're a beginner in the world of Human Interface Design, this book is for you. If you're a programmer looking to make his/her program more user-friendly, this book is for you. Otherwise, for anyone else, the theory and concepts are basic at best. I'd recommend tracking down the long out of print Apple Computer "Inside Macintosh" series of books as they are more detailed and written by some of the pioneers of Human Interface Design.
The one redeeming point here is the quality of the screenshots. Very impressive indeed and help to get the point across. Otherwise, you may find this book an entertaining read, but not something you'd learn a great deal from.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows 98 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful, accessible, and reassuring


Last year I switched from Mac OS to Windows 98, and after reading the paltry scraps of instructional material that came with my expensive new system, I hurriedly bought a few books to supplement all that I didn't know. This homely book turned out to be the most useful one. It is full of good information, patiently and compassionately conveyed. The entire "Dummies" series is burdened with chaotic graphics (little dartboards, hand icons with strings tied around a finger, checkmarks, a little man) and a schoolbus look for the books' covers. If you like a book to look good on the shelf (always a nice plus) you will have to make a cover for this one. Highly recommended, though, for the neophyte Windows user.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I live by this book


I just graduated college and got a job doing web development. This is a great book to learn ASP if you already have some background with ADO and Visual Basic.
This book covers some advance concepts, like creating COM with Visual C++ (blah, I hate C++, I had a hard time with it in college).
This book has helped me with cookies, disconnected recordsets, recordsets, accessing databases, UDA, COM, DHTML, and so much other stuff.
I like this book alot. It is a good place to go if you get stuck or if you can not find your answer on the web.