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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great description of how COM works, and why


This book starts out with a simple C++ class called by some other code, and works to encapsulate it into a component, basically implementing COM from scratch. This really lets you understand how it works and why. It's well written and does a good job describing all the details.
As others have mentioned, this is not a book about ActiveX, OLE, ATL, or any of that, and it doesn't pretend to be. This book just describes COM, the basis for those technologies. If you want to really understand what's going on with COM, I highly recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ColdFusion MX Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Adam Phillip Churvis, Hal Helms, Charlie Arehart, David Churvis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The one Coldfusion MX book you need!


Back in the day, the only CF books available were the WACKs by Ben Forta. They quickly became the 'must have' books for any serious CF developer, largely because Ben is...well, he's Ben...but also because there was very little competition. As CF has grown in popularity, other publishers have released CF books...but none have ever seriously challenged the WACKs...
...until now. The MX Bible will undoubtedly be regarded as the premiere CF reference. Unlike so many others, this is definitely NOT a simple regurgiation of the docs. The authors are all very well known, respected CF developers who are obviously teaching from their own (real world) experiences...not simply expanding on existing documentation. They explain what works and what doesn't...and why.
This is not really a book for beginners (IMO)...but anybody who's been using CF for at least 6 months or so will find this to be an invaluable, ALL INCLUSIVE (cf, homesite/studio, XML, XSLT, SQL, triggers, stored procs, fusebox, etc) resource that should never be far from the keyboard.
You won't find this much (quality) information anywhere else for close to this price. Do yourself a favor, and make a small investment that will yield huge returns.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating the Art of the Game
Publisher: New Riders Games
Authors: Matthew Omernick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome


This book was awesome. It was an excellent step by step, how to.

Matt was really knows his stuff. The illustrations are great. If you want to get into gaming art this is the book for you.




Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essentials of Intellectual Property (Essentials Series)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Alexander I. Poltorak, Paul J. Lerner
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Financial Controller


This book helped me utilize the best strategy for using Intellectual property to the needs of my business. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is serious in knowing how to use their companies IP in augmenting their benefit.