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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

Many people have complained about the title, and yes, there is NO coverage of 3D game programming in this book. The articles on the CD don't really do that well, and as such I realize that people SHOULD be upset that this book has the words 3D in the title.
However, the book is, hands down, the greatest BEGINNER'S game programming book of all time. Have you gone through C or C++ books, have mastered the syntax, but are completely stumped on where to go now? BUY THIS!!! He starts you on basic Windows programming, teaching you the outer shell of any program and a small sample of Windows GUI drawing to get you up to speed enough to make you own Paint program. Then he spends a short amount of time on COM objects, giving the reader an essential basic understand of what DirectX objects are, and then spends over 600 pages explaining DirectDraw, DirectSound, DirectMusic, DirectInput, and basic physics models. This is the book that gets you from stumped to understand enough of DirectX to plunge into 3D programming, which can be taught by any number of books on the market, not the least of which being Volume 2 of this series, to be published January 1, 2002. This is the essential beginner's book to DirectX, despite the title. All you newbies (and me) need this book! Luckily I have my copy ;)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Distributed Algorithms (Data Management Series)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Nancy A. Lynch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
the only book of its kind

I finally found a very nice compendium of concisely described distributed algorithms. The book is highly readable and I look forward to more books from the author. If you work with distributed systems or software problems, buy this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I purchased Dreamweaver MX a couple of weeks ago and needed a book to fill in the 'blanks' that the manual doesn't cover or explain to the depth that I wanted. This book is a perfect addition to learning the features of this application.
The fact that this book is published by O'Reilly was an added bonus.
Great job by David McFarland!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It Is A good Guide

It is a great guide if you really intend on passing the game and getting the full experience and actually enjoying it.