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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VRML 2.0 Sourcebook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Andrea L. Ames, David R. Nadeau, John L. Moreland, David R. Nadeau, John L. Moreland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent and thorough guide to hands-on VRML


Although a 600+ page book may appear daunting, the VRML Sourcebook is written so that after the first couple of chapters, you can jump around, reading the chapters you want or need, and skipping others until you need them. It's a great single book reference, as a beginner can use it, but unlike many beginner guides, it's complete and thorough. You won't outgrow it, or find that anything important's been left out.
If, like me, you are new to 3D computer worlds, it may be hard to follow the concepts and language syntax just from reading the book. Once you start working with it, however, the basics become clear, and the book becomes a great reference. Since the entry requirements are so low, there's no reason not to try out the hands-on examples or create your own worlds. A free VRML browser, some of which are included on the CD, a text editor (WordPad or vi will do) and this book is all that's needed to get started writing VRML!
One typo note: page 547, the Collision node starts with "Collision" not "Group".



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Business of Software : What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Michael A. Cusumano
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good foundation for understanding how the SW biz works


Cusumano's book is a clear and straighforward read into the basic issues that any software company should consider at their inception and as they mature.
Cusumano lays out the basic relationships between products and service very clearly - and he explores the pitfalls involved with good detail from the companies that he has advised. In this early portion of the book he also offers some very useful metrics to help provide financial sanity checks. There's an interesting "historical" chapter that follows the development of the industry, and then he delves into SW development best practices - which appears to be his particular forte. There's also a good chapter on the start-up phase sprinkled with sage advise.
My copy is full of margin notes and has already been transformed into a powerpoint presentation to share with our team.
All in all I found the book gave me a solid foundation from which to consider the SW biz. It's too easy to lose your sense of direction in this industry. Cusumano's book is like a glowing compass that illuminates the common sense dynamics driving this business. Enlightening, useful, well grounded in examples - and well written.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Fortran 90/95 for Scientists and Engineers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Stephen J. Chapman, Stephen Chapman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best programming book...


As an engineer and a professional I have been using programs for well on 20 years now. Having used a range of languages for different tasks I finally came back to Fortran, a langage I had not used since college.I have found the book excellent in every respect both as a tool to re learn the language and as a reference work. The organisation of the book and the presentation is excellent.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have for .NET savvy developers


i've always been a fan of Jeff Richter; i make sure i go to his talks/conference whenever he's in town(Chicago). his discussion of the clr is really a mind-opening for me. i've heard him one time talked about assemblies and manifest on one of his seminars and this book really helped me digest those notes i wrote. like my title said, it's another must have! Thanks Jeff and i hope you continue to write more books. Goodluck to you.