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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Physics for Game Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David M. Bourg
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
feet per second per second?


While mathematically a good start and interesting in places. The book has one major failing point. (Not counting the completely black image of black particles on a black background.)
The US, Burma (or whatever they demand we call it this year) and Libya are the only places where such cryptic units as *slugs*, feet, pounds, mi/h and psi are used.
If you think in Metric, like most of the world, you will be wondering why you wasted your money on this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cool and informal


This introductory book on Electrodynamics is one of the coolest and informal books I have ever read in my student life. I have used the book as an undergraduate and I still use it even now in my post-graduate study. The physical insights offered by the author in almost all the chapters are invaluable and interesting.Problems in Electrodynamics can be mathematically very demanding, but the book stands on it's own feet and the mathematical background required to use the book is more or less sufficient. The exercises are well thought-out /collected,but a major source of irritation is the lack of solutions or even answers for that matter. Dr Griffiths should understand that an elementary treatise such as this is used by a good proportion of the student community (who do not always have contact with a good teacher) for self-study. Such students need someone to hold his hands and be led into such an interesting area of classical physics. Moreover, when Landau can offer offer solutions to the problems in his Course of Theoretical Physics, Dr Griffiths shouldn't mind giving hints and solutions to the problems. If the author doesn't want to share the solutions in the textbook, a solutions manual should be sold in the market. However, a solution manual is available,from the publishers, but only for teachers who should be able to solve the problems on their own. Even many teachers have privately admitted the problems are beyond their capacity without suitable hints. So, how can the author expect students to solve most of the problems on their own? I have seen many students not following the book, precisely due to lack of solutions , and due to that I can only give four stars out of five. Also, the author needs to dispense with the idea of introducing new concepts in the exercises. But if one forgets that, I would say, the book is surely raccommended to beginners and a good book to start with before graduating to Jackson.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Expert Techniques (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Milburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Digital Photography Expert Techniques


What a great book! I learned so much! This author is a keeper!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ASP.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Try again, Microsoft Press...


Having read this book cover to cover for an informal class on the job and having used previous 'Step By Step' books (Visual Basic) I have a decent perspective on what to expect from such a title. It seems the book attempts to be part reference (Ok, ALOT reference), part instructional/how-to, but does't do a particularly good job of either. I didn't find an example worth going to my machine and working along with until at least page 250.
My only thoery is that they wanted to release a book as early as possible with the release of ASP.net and rushed to put something in print using the reference sections as filler so the book looked thick enough. This edition just isn't up to the quality found in the later versions of VB's Step By Step series. If you want to learn ASP.net from the ground up, look elsewhere - just my $.02 .