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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphics Programming with GDI+
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mahesh Chand
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Kudos ..

I've to start with saying "great work" to the author who has compiled a great book with many real world code samples. I've been looking for a book on graphics programming which discusses the basics of drawing process in .NET and this is where I found full satisfaction.
Briefly, Mr. Chand starts the book with introduction of GDI+ for a beginner as well as from a GDI developer's perspective. Chapter 2 definitely is the smartest and cleanest chapter. Its a tutorial with explaining how the whole drawing and rendering process works with flow charts and images.
Later chapters just get better and better. Chapter 3 is all about the Graphics class, its members, and how to use the in applications.
Chapter 4, 5, & 6 are dedicated to brushes and pens, colors, font, text, rectangles and regions. Its unbelivable how author has discussed every little detail about these objects. How about 45 pages on just pens & brushes?
Chapter 7 and 8 are dedicated to Imaging and Advanced Imaging (over 100 pages). Again every little details are covered.
I personally found Chapter 9 the most useful. This chapter discusses advanced drawing and some of the topics are detailed discussions about containers, line caps and styles, graphics paths, metadata of images, blending - alpha blending and color blending and so on.
Chapter 10 is all about transformations. Transformation of font, text, images, paths, and even color. Wonderful.
Printing perhaps does not belong to this book but its again one of the great chapters in this book. Over 100 pages dedicated to printing and you will find every single object followed by sample code.
I havn't used next chapters - which are DEVELOPING WEB APPLICATIONS using GDI+, Best Practices, GDI Interop, and Exceptions but I am not these are some bonus to the reader.
OVERALL, a PERFECT BOOK you need to learn any thing defined in System.Drawing and other drawing namespaces.
All chapters are follwed by a real world practical example such as writing your own PaintBrush, TextEditor, Image Viewer, Printer Dialog and so on.
Try it and you will find yourself very satisfied. I sure did.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not written very well

A good book for a resource but certainly not as a tutorial on C++, simply because I feel the writing style is unorganized and boring.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NOT everything you need

If you are looking for a good book to study prior to taking the Network+ exam this is the one. I scored an 873 the first time. I read this book over and over and over in a 4 week period, made plenty of notes, highlighted pertinent info., and passed the test. I didn't bother using the cd-rom. Checked out maybe 2 or 3 of the questions and didn't bother with it again. I also went to techexam's website and tried there practice questions which also helped out and also bought TestPrep software from TechSkills which helped out too.
If you are going to buy any book to prepare for the Network+, don't waste your money compiling a collection of books for the test. This is all you need. Also recommend TechSkill's testprep software. They give you an overkill of prep questions that do a great job of preparing you for the test. Don't waste your time with the cd-rom that comes with this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Information Systems for Healthcare Management, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Health Administration Press
Authors: Charles J. Austin, Stuart B. Boxerman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

I paid $97.00 for this newly released book. Pages 23-54 are missing and I have little time to deal with a complaint and return process. In skimming the book, it gives a basic intro, overview of computer hardware/software, data management; applications, project management, and future directions. This information is available in less expensive textbooks.