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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OpenGL(R) Programming Guide: The Official Guide to Learning OpenGL, Version 1.2 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mason Woo, Jackie Neider, Tom Davis, Dave Shreiner, OpenGL Architecture Review Board
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly recommended


This book is the definitive reference for OpenGL programming, both as a reference for the experienced OpenGL programmer and for the experienced programmer with no real 3D experience. The book has good explanations and plenty of pictures and diagrams that give a novice a clear view of 3D programming in OpenGL. Highly recommended for those wanting to get a deep understanding, but not a beginners book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managed C++ and .NET Development: Visual Studio .NET 2003 Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Stephen R.G. Fraser, Stephen R. G. Fraser
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Do not recommend if your using Visual C++.net Standard


I thought the the first chapter on the overview of the .NET frame work was very good. When I got to the 2nd chapter on managed C++ basics, the book refered to using a command prompt window provided by Visual Studio.NET for compiling programs. I could not find any reference in how to display that window using the Visual C++.net Standard edition.
So if you dont want to shell out the money for Visual Studio.NET, then do not buy this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
It doesn't matter what I say here


The reviews I've read on this book can provide some decent information when read en masse, but they don't seem to be individually relevant.
For every person that enjoys this book for its thoroughness, there will be another that hates it for its style or choices of examples. For every person that calls the mathematics too difficult, there will be some genius grad student at one of the Caltechs of the world who will say "you just don't like it because you don't get it."
No matter what kind of student you are, your professor for graduate E+M will probably decide to assign this book anyway. My case was bad because we tried to "cover" the book in a single semester. Still, there's enough in this book to give a two-semester E+M student fits.
My only concern, personally, regards the message the book sends. Others have lauded Jackson for his physical insights, but after sludging through all the mathematics and a number of problems, students might get the message that this is really math and not so much physics. For something like E+M, perhaps that is a productive message to send, but for students like me, sensing that message can be disappointing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally a C Book that I can actually complete


After trying to learn c++ several times (and failing), I finally got this book on c. I finished the book and it is fantastic. It gave me the solid understanding I needed to help me understand other books on c++. It's not that hard when you have the right teacher.