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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Windows In A Whole New Way


I'm only thirteen and I love this book! Charles Petzolds Fifth edition of his windows programming book was even better than the first four! If you'd like to know how Windows works, then get inside the code for its programs and decipher them with this book. The programs demonstrate the many possibiities in windows programming and teach you how to do it yourself! This book is worth its weight in gold (which, with the hardcover, is about 4-5 pounds)! An improvement from the fourth edition is the chapter on networking possibilities at the end of the book, but then leaves you hanging. Another improvement is the amount of coverage on bitmaps, metafiles, and device-indepent-bitmaps.A must buy for a C programmer!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Financial Modeling - 2nd Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Simon Benninga
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
HMMM, We didn't discuss this at KFBS


Fascinating work. Should be used in a course at your local B-school. Sit down, read it and enjoy, you may learn something that you will use one day.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Combinatorial Optimization : Algorithms and Complexity
Publisher: Dover Publications
Authors: Christos H. Papadimitriou, Kenneth Steiglitz
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A classic


This is just a note to mention that athough Amazon has dated this book as published in 1998, it is actually around 15 years old. By the way, it's a good book, but I didn't find it an easy read, especially the first half. One needs to already have a foundation in linear programming and optimization to digest it. A previous reviewer who said that every programmer should read it was being unduly exuberant, presumably because it happened to hit his particular spot. Most programmers don't need combinatorial optimization and for those who do there are some good alternative books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft DirectShow for Digital Video and Television
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Mark D. Pesce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excatly What I Was Looking For.


This is a great book. It covers all the specifics of DirectShow and helps you get going on some pretty complicated projects.
What it doesnt do is go into any media specific problems that you may want to do (like VBI or CC Decoding) but it will help you get your hand on the approrpiate stream.
It focuses mostly on capturing AVIs from various devices and provides more support than the MSDN site.
Some of the examples in the book don't work easily and take some convincing (even after i resolved the hard coded include & link paths problems in the example code on the included CD. FYI--install the DirectX SDK in its default directory to save you much time). Moreso, the provided 'Direct Show Filter Wizard' just didn't work at all.
I am running .NET 2003 and its obvious .NET 2002 was out during the writing of this book. Though I feel the samples shouldn't be outdated so quickly. At the least, there should some updated samples for download (which I could not find at the time of writing this review).
That said, the book did answer all my questions (regardless of the included sample problems) and is definatly the book to get for DirectShow programming and describes the mystery that is the MSDN documentation.