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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Theory of Fun for Game Design
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Raph Koster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A milestone book

A thoughtful, entertaining book that distills years of experience and research from a great, practical game designer. Koster explores the fun of games from many angles such as personal experience, academic research, anecdotes, and cognitive neuroscience.

The core of the book establishes the role of games, why games are fun or boring, the elements of beauty and delight,
and the beginnings of a framework for the critical analysis of video games.

Along the way, Koster provides a justification for video games as practical teaching tools, a viable and important medium for art, and a legitimate part of our culture. This is both a presonal response and a quiet return salvo in the war against video games.

The writing style makes it approachable to casual readers or game designers. Read it light or heavy - every other page is a thoughtful cartoon, interwoven with the rich text. This makes it read like two books carefully spliced together. In a good way. As a software professional working in the industry, I especially appreciated the comprehensive end notes.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
And it's also a "leave-it-unsaid" jewel.

Lots of information is conveyed with excellent editing making this book a very fast read. But AT&T's 6-year opposition to distributed processing is as appropriately treated -- without comment -- as the telegram sent by Senator Edward Kennedy's office to Boston-based BBN Corportation when the latter landed ARPA's contract for the Interface Message Processor: Congratulations on your contract to build the "Interfaith Message Processor." This book's a beauty.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Single Sourcing : Building Modular Documentation
Publisher: Noyes Publications
Authors: Kurt Ament
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
not what I expected

This book is a style guide, with guidance like, "When introducing small sections that contain subsections, use itemized lists rather than sentences"; "Begin optional steps with a clear visual and verbal indication that they are not mandatory"; and "When listing commands, follow the capitalization rules on which your product is based." The beginning and end of the book provide a shallow discussion of single sourcing, but much of the book is style guidance like this. Maybe I'm missing something, but what does that have to do with single sourcing? I sure don't understand these 5-star reviews and encourage you to flip through the pages of this book before buying so you know what you're getting.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: W. J. Gilmore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

This book is great!
Altough its 1st edition and there are a couple(about 10) code
mistakes(In the whole 738 pages) - This book is the right one
for you if your'e already know PHP in the mid-expert way.
This book looks a bit like a refrence book only its alot better.

This book covers all of PHP5's newest including SQLite, Advanced OOP, New ERROR handle and much more!