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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book gives me an UNDERSTANDING of what I'm doing!

In spite of the assurance in the book's introduction "We don't assume that you know anything about programming or scripting" you need to have a programming background to get value out of this book. I know HTML and a little JavaScript, and I was lost by chapter 2. Chapter 2 has a ridiculously steep learning curve, along with important points left unexplained (for example brackets are used in one script, with no explanation for the significance of brackets, when they should be used, etc.)
I've always been a big fan of Peachpit Press's books - this is the first time I was severely disappointed by one. I felt like a complete moron by the time I got to the end of chapter 2. In spite of years of teaching college courses in business and graphics applications, I was beginning to think - "am I just too stupid to learn programming?"
And I agree with another reviewer here about the irritating style. It adds insult to injury.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Cartooning with FLASH (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Daniel Gray, Gary Leib, John Kuramoto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

I can't evaluate this book's value for an expert point of view, since I'm more of a beginer rather than an expert.
So, I must 5*-rate it just because it showed me just about everything I should know about animation, but also opens your doors to the world of Cartooning. This is not one of those Dogma-like books where the Universal Solution is the goal.
Here you can understand what's going on, and then give your best shot!
Sure I wouldn't mind a thing if Gary Leib would have 400 more pages dedicated to the drawing section, but at least I got myself a direction of what steps should I follow, since the amount of information in this kind of mean, is simply staggering (at least I think so).
Since I think a book never ends on it's last page, I didn't hesitate and got myself sharing some ideas and feedback with John Kuramoto via email... So, that extra mile gives the 5* status to the book.
I'm not saying this is the very best you can find, but it is the best I could find, and I recommend it.
Go for it! And if you don't like it at all, you can always cross the ocean and beat me ;-)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cg Tutorial: The Definitive Guide to Programmable Real-Time Graphics
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Randima Fernando, Mark J. Kilgard
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Book for Artists and Graphics Programmers

This is the perfect book for an artist who wants to get more technically involved with graphics development and anybody who wants to do graphics programming. Cg means C for graphics. It was specifically created to give programmers and artists greater freedom in graphics output. The code can compile to run on many operating systems including Windows, OS X, and X-box. The authors take you through the details of using the language to develop content. They also include exercises so you can test yourself and of great importance a CD.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

The business advice was banal; but it's easy and generally fun to read. At the same time I agree with a reviewer who said it's a poor source of recipies but it does subtly, eventually, stimulate you to think. Just 164 pages in a large typeface, most of it being anecdotes. Bring it to the beach.
Andy Grove is very into winning for its own sake. For example when listing various kinds of loss that can occur when a company goes into difficult straits (p. 124) he concludes with "perhaps the most wrenching, the loss of being affiliated with a winner." As an engineer, I was hoping to see a glimmer of joy in semiconductor products and technologies from the chairman of Intel, and didn't see it. The joy is all in being one step ahead of the competition.