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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Truly an easy and enjoyable book.

Not much time is wasted in steps trying to teach someone on how to click here or create a text file.
The whole HTML subject is broken down into tasks: formatting, text, layout commands, and cascading style sheets. Then individual HTML commands or tasks are illustrated one to a page. The steps fall down the outside of the page and colorful illustrations line the page's inside. All pages feature step-by-step instruction, tips, troubleshooting advice. A good book for novices and a reference for experienced users. The books strength is the visual approach it includes with screenshots and code examples. The book takes an easy, visual approach to teaching HTML, using pictures to guide you through the software and show you what to do.
The book presumes no prior knowledge of HTML, making it the perfect introduction for beginners. I enjoyed the book and I hope you will too!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning XML, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Erik T. Ray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Well organized and thorough intro plagued with errors

This is a very good introduction to XML. The author provides good background explanations for the topics that need it and uses many good analogies and examples. Unfortunately there are many errors. Some of them are serious and obscure enough to confuse the intended audience. Do your self a favor - buy this book then visit the errata page listed in the preface. Make sure to read both the confirmed and unconfirmed pages. The editors need to be taken outside and pelted with donuts.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: 3D Game Engine Design : A Practical Approach to Real-Time Computer Graphics
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David H. Eberly
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book For The Serious

Not so long ago, I hated math. I've taken college calculus, etc. I hated it all! Now that I've started diving into the world of 3D, I love math. Some may feel this book is too math intensive, but I've found that a good background in math is really needed to develop a professional product. I give thanks to Mr. Eberly for filling an open gap. Most of the "this is a polygon" books will not teach you any math. I've found the book's descriptions and the provided code base to be very helpful. Once you are up to speed, I'm sure you will also.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Firebird Book: A Reference for Database Developers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Helen Borrie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As good as it gets

Usually database books make dull reading with outlandish
examples and endless stuff you never need. The Firebird Book
is a noteable exception . It is a very well compiled reference
book , which cuts through the crap and gives you what you need
in a clear and easily re-applicable manner. It is also a great
book to learn the in's and out's of the Firebird database.
The future for many companies around the world will be
Firebird rather than Mysql and this book provides the
knowledge needed to the interested community.
Firebird may still be the underdog of opensource databases
but with a bite like this, the others will soon be
yelping for help.