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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
For beginners, not for experienced people

This book is very well written for beginners. But if you are more experienced game developer, forget about this book. I was looking for 3D isometric engines and I found only 2 pages of general recommandations I already knew. Another very disappointing thing is dependance on DirectX. What about OpenGL? I do not want to be the next slave of Microsoft. Another problem is you don't find anything about 3D in this book. OK, let me also say some positive thinks. Nice surprise was the chapter about AI. Of course, it is absolutelly trial, but nicely written. If the author plans to write a new book my suggestion is: concentrate only on some topics - graphics, data structures, AI and write it for more advanced developers. For beginners you have already written enough books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Now I know how

I'm a VB programmer who never did anything serious with C++ or Java, and I thought that it would be nice to start using something else besides VB, so I bought this book.
Now I can write full, complex windows applications without any problems, thanks to this book. From the first page to the last all the expalnations are clear enough, the examples show how things are done, even of the more advanced topics, of course if you want to be an expert in XML, ADO .Net, and ASP .Net, you will need to get more books on those subjects, but this one will give you the basics to tackle the more advanced stuff.
I really don't know if more experienced C++ or Java developers would benefit from this book, but for me it was the best book I've purchased so far.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft .NET Distributed Applications: Integrating XML Web Services and .NET Remoting
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well-written, everything you want to know about distr. apps.

I bought this book both to help me study for a certification exam and to broaden my understanding of distributed app dev. Like many, I am very experienced with non-distributed Web and Windows apps using VB.NET and am not as strong in many of the subjects covered in this book. Through the half of the book I have read so far, the author introduces and explains new, complex topics at a quick but understandable pace and with solid code examples. Many technical books tend to be written disjointedly with lots of grammetical mistakes, like they were hurried to print too soon. This is well-written. And it covers almost every topic that I need to understand for architecting real distributed applications.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE book to have for web development

The biggest benefit, in my opinion, is how this book clearly defines what works on which browser (ie,nn) and how. If you do cross-platform web development this book will make your life a whole lot easier and keep you from ripping your hair out. An indispensible reference, period.