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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Games in Java
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
Authors: Bret Barker, Laurence Vanhelswue, David Brackeen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for learning game programming w/Java


I have practically every book on learning game programming with the java language and this is the first one that doesn't start out with half the book being a java tutorial. The authors are very knowledgeable on the subject and go over 2d and 3d programming, pathfinding, ai, ... This is the kind of book i want when i buy a book on game programming, not a java tutorial (there are enough tutorials already). I highly recommend this book and can't wait to start developing my own games.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just the facts Ma'am


And lots of hands on practice! I actually thought this book was well written and quite concise. Because exam prep books must cover a wide range of topics I feel the author did an excellent job explaining the many subjects needed to prepare for the test.
I actually learned quite a bit from the samples in this book, but I did spend some time really analyzing the code. My suggestion is to type it in yourself. Don't just load it from the CD and run it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server Reporting Services
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Turley, Todd Bryant, James Counihan, George McKee, Dave DuVarney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
AweSome Book


This book is not only a great introduction to Reporting Services, but has increased my knowledge of both XML and the .NET data access technologies. Most of the examples were in both languages. I found this to be helpful since my company is migrating to C#.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Voice & Data Communications Handbook (Standards & Protocols)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Regis J. Bates, Donald W. Gregory
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best introductory communications text I've seen.


I purchase and review a large number of technical books from the fields of voice and data communications every year, and I can easily state that this book is one of the best introductory texts I've encountered. The authors have chosen a wide range of topics to discuss, but they never lose sight of the importance of providing a reasonable depth of coverage for each topic.
Similiar texts I can recommend include "Systems and Networks" by Ray Horvak and Mark Miller, Newton's Telecom Dictionary, by Harry Newton, and for a more sophisticated review of communications: "Emerging Communications Technologies" by Uyless Black and "Enterprise Networking: Data Link Subnetworks" by James Martin