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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3ds max 6 Animation: CG Filmmaking from Concept to Completion (Consumer)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Barrett Fox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book by far......


Creating 3D animation is an extremely complicated proposition and Barrett Fox's take on CG filmmaking is the best book by far on this complicated process. "3DS MAX6 Animation-CG Filmaking from Concept to Completion" not only covers the basic step by step process of producing your CG film it also delves into the finer points of how to make your production more successful on an artistic level. This is the best presentation of how to marry the technical and creative sides of your project into a final polished film that I have yet come across. And believe me I have read most of them!
Another thing that's sets this book apart is that it goes through the creation of a particular project rather than a grab bag of unrelated scenes that comprise the examples in most CG how-to books. This really clarifies the work flow needed to produce your project in a logical and expedient way. Add to this the 3dmax, image, and animation files that are included on the enclosed CD-ROM and you have a comprehensive window into the CG filmmaking process that is worthwhile to digital artists from beginning to advanced. This is a great book and well worth the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Wonderful perl reference for programmers


This book DOES assume you already know how to program. If you're starting completely from scratch, this probably isn't the book for you. But if you know C or some other language and want to pick up perl with just the fundamentals, read the first couple chapters of general info and then just start playing. The function references in this book are great.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf CD-ROM
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: O'Reilly & Associates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Reference


Putting aside the CD-Roms, the alpha layout of the book itself is wonderful and just what I was looking for. Very concise and and again the book itself is worth the money. It is made to be used as a resource and a reference. I wish other books were laid out this way. After spending hrs and hrs looking thru books I finally found my first choice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great writing by Simon Singh


I also read Simon Singh's book on the Fermat theorum, and I think he has an excellent very readable style of writing. He certainly makes code writing very, very interesting. No doubt at all that this is a five star book for me -I'm eagerly awaiting the next topic that Simon tackles.
On the really (really) picky side, I would have expected to have seen some more questioning and possible lines of attack on the PGP system -especially after the entire book seems to be devoted to pointing out that after many ciphers were considered unbreakable they were eventually cracked.
Hats off to Simon Singh again.