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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managed DirectX 9 Kick Start : Graphics and Game Programming
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Tom Miller
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good start

First off, if you don't have a firm grasp of C# and the .NET Framework, at least in a basic sense, this book isn't for you. I think the cover and intro make this obvious, but people forget to read those sometimes!

That said, I doubt I'll ever have to write DX9 code myself, but as someone that likes to play with code not involving a financial application in his spare time, this is a beautiful introduction to the platform. You can do some really neat things without a lot of experience. If you want to make something dance around in a window on a Windows machine, get this book. Then graduate to bigger picture graphics theory (a place I have no desire to go).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise Coverage of Exam Goals

I give this book 5 stars because it does what it sets out to do -- allow you to pass the Network+ exam. If that's your goal, this is the book for you. If, however, you are looking to ace the exam and gain real-world applicable knowledge, you'll be better off augmenting this material with another book.
For study, I used only this book and the "Network+ Training Guide" by Mike Harwood (not knowing that this book is an abbreviated version of that one -- which is definitely is), along with 6+ years in the IT industry to score an 873 out of 900 on the Network+ exam.
So although most of the material presented in this book was review, I found myself thinking, "oh, yeah -- that was covered in one or both of those books" for 95%+ of the questions that I encountered on the exam.
In short, if you've got some experience in IT and just want a book that'll give you an outline of what's expected of you on the exam, this is it. If you need a little more in-depth information, "Network+ Training Guide" by Mike Harwood is for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Dell has been one of the most admired companies in the recent years especially when one speaks of effeciency in the supply chain. I was looking for strategies and operational details on how really Dell suceeded in making this happen. While the book clearly brings outh the core beliefs at Dell, the details I was looking for are missing. Mr Dell, I am sure that you will read this review- Please come out with " Direct from Dell -2 -A closer look at our Operations" . I am glad that the proceeds from this book are going to charity.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Serial Port Complete
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson, Jan Axelson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good mix of PC and Embedded

The hardware details provides a good detail of general techniques and parts. However the software sections leave much to be desired, c'mon Visual Basic? Really great for beginners and novices, experts are best to save their money.