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


So far, i bought 5 directx books. this book, was the first one who realy helped me start writing my own 3D scenes. i love this book because its a small one (400 pages) and focuses only on important things. i always have the dilema when buying a new book: whether to buy a 1000 pages book or a small one like this one. i always pick the bigger one and i always seem to be wrong. you should always start withg small beginners books and continue to the larger ones.
anyway this book helped me alot and today im ready for the big ones.
one thing about the source code: sometimes it takes a lot of effort to run it under vc++6. personaly, after struggeling with the vc++6 compiler, i switched to vc++7 and everything was fine.
the book's web site is very good - very friendly. all your questions will be answered by the author and you'll find a lot of extra information.
Buy this book even though you have much larger books at same price. here you'l learn the basics of direct3d (version 9) with much less pain.
cheers!
adi barda israel



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is all U need to be a pro servlet programmer!


This is a very good book for beginner - intermediate.
I like everything about this book except that it seems Jason tilts more towards Java Web Server and gives undue importance to topics specific to JWS. For example, he explains Servlet Chaining which is supported on JWS, but not on other servers (like Apache JServ). And he doesn't care to reveal that Servlet Chaining is not even a part of Servlet specifications. Sad thing is that Jason (knowingly or unknowingly) tries to make us believe that it is a good feature. When I asked around, the general feeling that I got was that Chaining is a bad practice of writing servlets. I feel Jason should have stuck to general topic of Servlet programming. If he had, I would have given this book 5 stars.
Otherwise, I found this book very good. This book has already made me a pro in Java Servlet Programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
"Are beautiful paradoxes" are beautiful paradoxes.


Mathematical theories shape-shift like ice cream on a tin roof in Tijuana, time and space invert, and talking tortoises demolish record players-and that's the simple stuff. Its a tall drink for the casual reader, but those who've secretly yearned for more surrealism in their algebra or who won't look both ways before approaching the intersection of art, mathematics, and philosophy will be rewarded. GEB presents a view of mind mechanics, the nature of intelligence, and the challenges of creating both artificially that is at best enlightening, and, at worst, unparalleled in most readers' experience. Take five months off and tackle it.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Concepts of Programming Languages, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Robert W. Sebesta
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not bad, but not great.


The book was decent. We used it for an intermediate CS class on programming language concepts, and it did the job ok. I thought there was too much emphasis on the history of CS, and not enough on the actual concepts. Thankfully, I had an awesome professor and the class turned out great. Some weak points: lots of people seemed to have trouble with attribute grammars, the book's explanation was not good enough. And there were a few remarks about Java which were completely erroneous.