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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Game Coding Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Mike McShaffry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wealth of Knowledge


In a way this is sort of the 'Code Complete' of game programming books. The LaMothe books are pretty decent, but he doesn't always distill the content very well. You end up with 25 pages describing what you could in about 5. On the other hand, McShaffry really shows his experience by PACKING this book with tons of useful info. Even if you just randomly picked one page a day to read and digest, your bag of tricks would grow exponentially. This is quite good - not necessarily a beginning programming book, but if you have a couple years of experience, you'll get a lot out of it. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Delphi 7
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Marco Cantu, Marco Cantù
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Too much snippets but kinda good overall


This book is probably the most exhaustive material on delphi programming...it contains at least 300 examples scattered throughout 25 chapters..apparently though this book is full of code snippets that had me printing code on paper just to get through one chapter(and a chapter contains an average of 15 examples chapter 2 had 19 examples and Chapter 7 had 33 examples)that by the time you finish a chapter youll be exhausted...me on my part it got me on spending at least 20 minutes printing codes on paper due to all the snippets of the examples on this book..the chapter on Client/Server Programming with dbexpress is kinda cloggy....since it presented a convoluted approach to dbexpress..and in order to be able to atleast understand the examples specifically on triggers and stored procedures you should have at least read the TEACH YOURSELF INTERBASE documentation kit that came along with interbase...this chapter focuses more on Interbase Express rather than DBExpress so it kinda makes the substance of the chapter incoherrent...For People wishing to dig deep into DBExpress i suggest ya read another book...DELPHI/KYLIX DATABASE DEVELOPMENT by ERIC HARMON
The examples specifically on creating triggers is erroneous:

Create trigger set_cust_no for customers
before insert position 0 as
begin
new.cust_no = gen_id(cust_no_gen, 1);
end

cantu forgot about the termination statement issue on trigger statements on SQL Servers he should have written

set term ^;
Create trigger set_cust_no for customers
before insert position 0 as
begin
new.cust_no = gen_id(cust_no_gen, 1);
end^
set term ;^

if ya wanna go up to speed in the book i suggest reading(Chapter 2,3,5,6,7,8,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22)
Chapter 2 focuses more on the object oriented programming on delphi on the class level

chapter 8 focuses on oop on the form design level

Chapters 13 - 19 focuses on database programming

Chapter 20 - 22 focuses on Simple object access protocol, XML and internet and server-side programming using sockets and TCP/IP

overall the book has not one complete code...everything is a snippet which would ultimately eat away a lotta time..youve gotta download the code on www.marcocantu.com and use a printer. In conclusion youll end up spending more money printing the codes than buying this book...But still its the best book around on delphi..but youve gotta be extremely patient and determined if ya wanna learn delphi programming because a chapter of this book will get you very very exhausted



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The JFC Swing Tutorial: A Guide to Constructing GUIs, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kathy Walrath, Mary Campione, Alison Huml, Sharon Zakhour
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent reference!


OK, the book is available online from Sun's Java website. Also the book as a hybrid of hytertext (with underlined 'links' everywhere) and a regular book is not well-organized. Nevertheless, I found it a useful reference. The code examples are very useful. The companion CD provides various Java documentation and the other 2 Java Tutorials. The book and CD are great for people who prefer portable references or don't have high-speed connection 24 hours a day. There just aren't many (or any) good Java Swing books and this is one of the better ones.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Radio Network Planning and Optimisation for UMTS (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Jaana Laiho, Achim Wacker, Tomas Novosad
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very informative , Well-presented but ....


This is one of the best books I've seen and read on 3G matters. Not recommended for those people who are not technical enough (or who hates) to go into the details of mathematical formulas. This book starts with presenting the architecture of UMTS networks and goes on to describe each of the components of a UMTS network (from user equipment up to the core network). Written by people who actually work with Nokia (one of the companies in the world who are at the forefront of UMTS development).
This book can be very helpful to UMTS network planners but it's VERY LIMITED on the subject of optimisation. If you're looking for a book on UMTS (WCDMA) optimisation, this book will not suffice but the subjects of network planning (with and without GSM) are very well covered. Nonetheless, this book is highly recommended !!! 4 stars!