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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The first chapter worth the price of the book


This book explains COM in such detail that it is essential for anybody who wishes to consider themselves experts in this technology.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Frank D. Luna
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The almost perfect intro book to D3D


If you know C++ at a reasonable level (meaning pointers , references structures and classes don't scare or confuse you)this is book is a very good starting point in your directx quest.It has the advantage of not spending hundreds of pages on windows programming details or even worse on GDI like the many LaMothelian game programming series books...but it gives you a little framework in which to work with and it explains how it works and why.Subject coverage is very good, and you will get explanations and working code on interesting subjects like terrain renedering and mesh loading and manipulating and a bonus of a couple chapters on pixel and vertex shaders. Now this is definitely what I would call advanced topics.. but even if you are a beginner it is nice to read about them just to figure out what these mysteriously sounding entities are ;)My only grudge with this book is that it is quite a little one.Lenghtier explanations and a few more examples would could really benefit the beginner.. especially since like for many books of this kind the author is more a programmer than a technical author or tutor so the writing style is pretty much like: here are the basic points about the theory and here is the program I wrote to show you how it works. So you won't get much from this book if you don't dig a lot in the code. The difference with many other similar book on the market is that the author gives you at least some good assistance into it.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Introduction to C#


This book has been my best guide in learning the ins and outs of Windows Forms programming. Petzold leaves out the designer in the IDE but for good reason: to give you an in depth understanding of the underlying framework. He does a thorough discussion, particulary with the features of the GDI+, and the examples are easy to understand and to adapt for your own experimentation. If you are learning and expecting to program in Windows Forms this book is an absolute must have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Find It Online, Fourth Edition : The Complete Guide to Online Research (Find It Online: The Complete Guide to Online Research)
Publisher: Facts on Demand Press
Authors: Alan M. Schlein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great resource for online information


FIND IT ONLINE does a great job identifying online resources. It is particulary strong in the area of public records and government resources. The chapter on Government Pubic Records Online contains a detailed listing by state. This alone is worth the price of the book.