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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3ds max 6 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kelly L. Murdock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
3d studio max 6 bible

this book is for ever use, i have the bible for max 4,5 and i love it, its easy to read and the directions are clear and the book tells you every thing you need. i just ordered max 6 bible and i use max 6,this is going to be the best book you can get, this book makes all the other book look like Crap!! and i mean that i have several book for max 4,5 and the bible is the only one that i tell people to use. if your a teacher you have to get these books for your class you'll thank me later when you see the information you get from using this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# Programmer's Cookbook
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick, task-focused how-to's that work!

This book is in my favorite format for development titles: a "cookbook." When you have a specific application requirement to implement, check out this book first before you reinvent the wheel. Jones covers topics such as:
- delay signing an assembly- creating an animated system tray icon- performing screen captures- protecting files with symmetric encryption
and much more. The C# Programmer's Cookbook is already one of my favorites. Note that it is aimed more at the intermediate developer, but .NET coders at any level will find useful explanations from this excellent publication.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: iPod & iTunes Garage
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Kirk McElhearn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Notes from the author...

Hi, it's me, the author, checking in to add something to the info above.

First, I had to give the book a 5-star rating - but I'm sure you understand.

What I wanted to tell you, though, is that iPod & iTunes Garage is not only a great book, but it's always up to date. If you go to my web site (Kirkville: www.mcelhearn.com) you can download an update to the book. And as more new iPods are released, and more new features added to iTunes, I'll update the update. So even though Apple has released new stuff and added new features since the book went to the printer, you won't be left out.

So, if you go to my web site now (www.mcelhearn.com), you'll find an update that covers the latest iPod shuffle, as well as the iPod photo and the latest features in iTunes and in the iPod software.

In addition, I've got lots of articles on my site about using the iPod and iTunes, as well as articles on music and other subjects.

I hope you like the book!


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Left hanging

I normally don't like to purchase a book until I've thumbed through it at the bookstore first, but after reading the reviews given to this book, I figured this is one time I couldn't go wrong (this is one time I should have judged the book by its cover). I have minimal XML experience, with no real coding or design time with it under my belt.
My first impression on recieving the book was disappointment, as the cover read 'This Visual Quickstart Guide uses pictures rather than lengthy explanations'! Upon opening the book, I was rather disappointed to find this was true....fully 1/2 of the book (the innner half of the page, on almost every page) is filled with either white space, or code 'snippets'. No where in the book (though you can get it from the website, though that kind of defeats the purpose of my buying the book <g>) is there a full XML example, with DTD's, a Schema, or an XML Stylesheet. I was also disappointed by much of the text in the book. Too often text consists of '1. Type <?xml 2. Type a space 3. Type version="1.0" ?>', which, in my opinion (this is MY review isn't it?<g>) is a waste of ink. I should hope to think that most people are smart enough to follow a well commented example, and would prefer this than having to be hand-carried throughout.
I would have prefered to see more full blown examples, or even one FULL example in the book. Most of the topics covered don't go to far into depth, in examples (only snippets), or in coverage (about 1-2 pages per idea, such as 'Using Date and Time Types').
I recently purchased 'ASP in a Nutshell', from O'Reilly press, which accomplishes what it appears this book is trying to do with XML (and in my opinion, didn't pull off). I look forward to purchasing 'XML in a Nutshell' shortly.
This book would probably suit total beginners to XML, but I would recommend doing your initial research and learning on the web, and purchasing a more advanced book.