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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great practical book about Struts


Absolutely great practical book about Struts 1.1.I can see it used as a tutorial as well as a reference. Easy to read and well-organized. Includes very useful diagrams and clarifications. Covers some of the evolvement of Struts 1.0 into 1.1. Warning: this is not a J2EE book. I would strongly suggest getting acquainted with servlets and JSP beforehand.This is not a book about software architecture either. In fact, most of the design questions covered are lacking depth if not directly related to Struts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed Computer Forensics (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Davis, Aaron Philipp, David Cowen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Another hacking exposed remix


Hacking exposed books are begining to all look the same to me, and this is an excellent example of that. This is an OK book if you do not have many/any of the others in the series, but I do not recommend it if you do. There is a lot of overlap.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art Of Maya: An Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics
Publisher: Maya Press
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for concepts, low on procedures.


First off, if you have the second edition, there probably isn't enough new in the third edition to require the purchase. Noteable additions include features from Maya Unlimited, more on effects, mental ray, and longer production notes (industry profiles) section. The physical size has also been reduced, so it's less of a coffee table book and more of a practical reference book.

For those considering this book for the first time... "This book is designed to give you a conceptual understanding of how Maya works" as stated on page 5. In this capacity, the book succeeds. If you're looking for a how to book or projects to work though, this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for an introduction to 3D in general, then read on...

The book gives a firm foundation to begin understanding 3D with Maya, but most of the concepts presented are applicable to every major 3D modeling/animation program. It helps if you have at least played with Maya, but it is not required. It provides a good overview of modeling, texturing, rendering, effects, and animation. The entire book is packed with sample images and screen shots, which greatly clarify the concepts in the text. It is also full color throughout (which makes the price here exceptional).

In all, a great introduction to 3D concepts and terminology.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent organization


Good points:1.Excellent book organization, good and short subsections2.Excellent code examples - sweet and short and illustrates the concept well.3.Excellent explanations 4.Explains various methods to do a certain thing and tells of the pros and cons of each method.
Bad points:1. Some of the sections/code need not be repeated in the ADO section as it is obvious. This can help in reducing size of book.2. Visual basic code instead of C#3. No visual .net studio explanations