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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: After Effects in Production: A Companion for Creating Motion Graphics
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!

This is an excellent book, and a great compliment to Creating Motion Graphics with AE. This is a jam-pack book of tutorials. The content is excellent, and it covers everything from basic to advance. I only wish there is more them :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Deluxe Learning Edition--Version 2003 (Pro-Developer)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Starting Point!

Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Deluxe Learning Edition provides everything you need to start developing powerful applications for the new .NET platform.
Although finding and reading a good Visual Basic book is an excellent start to ones Visual Basic career, I cannot over emphasize how important it is to get ones hands on a copy of the Visual Basic software/compiler. With both the book and Visual Basic .NET software you can quickly become comfortable with the Visual Basic Development Environment by typing in some of the source code in the book and test running it for yourself. Eventually, when you feel comfortable with your knowledge of Visual Basic you can begin writing and running your own programs. Visual Basic .NET Deluxe Learning Edition will allow you to do just that.
This book/software package comes with an excellent Visual Basic .NET book from Microsoft Press. The book is titled, "Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step". This is an excellent beginner VB.NET book which will allow you to quickly begin creating professional Visual Basic applications for the new Microsoft .NET platform. Second, and most importantly, a copy of the Visual Basic .NET Standard Edition software/compiler on CD-ROM is included. As I mentioned above, a copy of the software/compiler is essential to mastering any programming language. The only way to truly master Visual Basic .NET is by eventually writing and testing your own applications.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A densely written and detailed textbook - not for beginners

At nearly 900 pages you do get value for money.
Silberschatz and Galvin have written a hefty textbook which takes both concentration and time to work through. It cannot be read without some basic knowledge of computer systems architecture and is not a 'progressive' book i.e. chapters can be read individually to gain understanding of specialised aspects of OS. Major plus points go to the authors for the detailed explanations of real operating systems in common use. For those wanting general knowledge, try another OS book, maybe Englander's?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MDX Solutions: With Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: George Spofford
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
*** MDX Solution didn't have the solutions ***

The book provides an excellent tutorial & reference to MDX which is today's default lingua franca as OLAP query language. George does a great job in bringing home MDX and developing solutions using MDX. I recommend this book and also the other title from George & Erik Thomsen on Microsoft OLAP solutions which is as well a excellent book on building OLAP solutions with Microsoft Analysis Services. The other salient feature I wish to emphasise is the author - George Spofford as been kind enough to answer email queries from readers on the subject matter. Erik Thomsen and George Spofford are gurus in the Microsoft Analysis Services. The best thing I found about the book was the authors not only bring out the strengths of analysis services but also its limitations. This helps somebody embarking on implementing analysis services be aware of its limitations and workaround those limitations. In all I give 5 stars for the book there are not many honest authors out there. My only request to the authors is now since the next release of Microsoft SQL Server - Yukon is due for release is next 3 months and Yukon will be another major landmark in SQL Server and Analysis Services technology with several major features slated to debut in Yukon it would be highly appreciated if the authors post appendix chapters on new Yukon features as and when it comes on their web site which will be a great benefit to existing owners of their books.