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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Experience XSI 4: The Official SOFTIMAGE XSI 4 Guide to Character Creation
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Michael Isner, Aaron Sims
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great overview of a production process


This book helps you to understand a production process from start to finish. it's well written and easy to undestand. What I like a lot that it doesn't try to teach you every feature of a software, but it really focuses on the specific task you need to master in order to finish a project. The chapter about scripting is worth the money alone, especially if you are intersted in the topic but don't have yet a big understanding of it. Also the additional material that you can download is very helpful.a really great book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Maximum Wireless Security
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Cyrus Peikari, Seth Fogie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A complete guide on wireless topics!


This book is great! My employer has had me researching wireless networks for some time now and this book has outlined the necessary information for me to get going on a deployment. The examples are clear and easy to understand, and a good portion of the tools they talk about are included on the CD. This one has definitely found a home on my book shelf!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2000 Formulas
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worthwhile


This is a tuff book to write because the topic (IMHO) only justifies half a book. I was going to give 3 stars, but on second review decided that he really did a good job in covering the topic. If you want to learn a lot about Excel without messing around too much in VBA (there is some) then this book is for you. It's not just a rehash of the help files.
The book is intermediate level and is meant for study, not reference. If you're patient, and spend time with it, and you're not already an expert (i.e. you don't spend the majority of your day in Excel) then you'll benefit.
I do have one small peeve. In both this book and his other VBA book, Walkenbach has actually encouraged people to use complex "megaformulas" that are in his words "impossible to decipher or modify" because other people will be impressed with your abilities. This is ridiculous. Experienced programmers whose work affects other people, understand that readability is critical. An intentional megaformula is akin to writing a whole program in one subroutine, and it separates a freshman wannabe from an educated developer. Walkenbach should know better than to encourage this.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
remark on essays and preface


I have been working RDBMS for more than 10 years and with SQL Server for more than 5 years. I have not seen a book in SQL server which explains exactly how internals of SQL Server is implemented. There are lots of SQL books out there which are nothing but the repeat of SQL books online. This books stand out from the crowd. First 400 pages of the book talks about the windows OS, which crucial to understand SQL Server internals since the database engine lot of OS features. I like this author's straightforward style and the sample programs are excellent in demonstrating the concepts. I would strongly recommend this book for anybody interested in understanding SQL Server beyond its syntax. I wish I had an opportunity to study this kind of book few years back.