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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Real-Time Rendering (2nd Edition)
Publisher: AK Peters, Ltd.
Authors: Tomas Akenine-Moller, Eric Haines
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent 2nd edition of a classic

I recently came across a copy of this book that my friend bought. I own a copy of the 1st edition, which was in itself a classic and definately recommended reading.
I was so surprised to find this 2nd addition such a worthy purchase to someone already familiar with the first. The topic updates are fabulous and very essential.
This book covers everything, introducing real-time rendering very well in an easy to read manner. I very much enjoy the numerous algorithms described in simple terms or even psuedo code.
This book is great for budding game graphics programmers. A must buy!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book = passed test

I purchased this book, read it and went through all the questions and passed on the first shot. Plain and simple. Being new to security, this is what I needed to really learn the content. This book did exacly what it said it would do, help you learn some entry level security content, pass the entry level security+ exam from comptia, and give you a fundamental background so that you can then move on to much higer level certs like the CISSP.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Cocoa Applications : A Step by Step Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Michael K. Mahoney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth the effort

I've been meaning to learn Objective C, Interface Builder and Project Builder for years. From back in the days of Rhapsody, and before when I'd bought books on NextStep programming. Always intended to do so, that is, until I received this book at Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. And now after typing my way through the book's source code, I'm comfortable with Objective C's oddball syntax, understand how to wire up an application in Interface Builder and have confidence I'll soon be making quality Cocoa applications of my own. I've already started writing a freedb client.
Obviously, it would be nice for me if the book explored network programming or the IOKit, but it concentrated on the fundamentals which nearly all applications share: windows, menus, drawing, printing, preferences, clipboards, documents, icons, etc. I can figure it out from here.
So get off the fence, it's time to learn Cocoa.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PERFECT for the real world

"The examples that come to mind are his organizational trees. Who cares about that?" I do! Our company has a hierarchical structure with imperfections. His examples cut the number of queries we use in half and allow flexibility for future expansion.