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Introducing Fractal Geometry
Introducing Fractal Geometry
by Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A non-technical look at fractals and why we should care, April 14 2001
This book was very interesting. It takes a look at fractals and their basic geometric properties and gives a fairly extensive history from their discovery to their current use today. This book is not technical at all and could be read by almost anyone. The best part about this book is that it offers numerous reasons for why we should care about fractals in the first place. It offers an argument that nature is naturally based on fractals and that an understanding of fractals is essential to understanding nature. The book has a comic on just about every page making it an enjoyable and quick read.
Some of the not-so-great aspects of the book are that it is almost too short, not quite technical enough, and has grammatical errors all over the place. I read this book in one sitting and it left me wanting to know more. It makes up for this, however, by listing several books about fractals and chaos theory for you to move on to after reading this book as well as telling you the level of expertise one would need to read these other books. The grammatical errors in the book are numerous. It makes me believe that no one proof read this book before it was published.
Overall, this is a great book to start learning about fractals with. If you are a math whiz, then perhaps you might want to look elsewhere for a more formal introduction to the mathematical properties of fractals, but for the layman, this book is great.

Essential C++
Essential C++
by Stanley B. Lippman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 41.59
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to brush up on C++, fast!, Jan. 23 2001
This review is from: Essential C++ (Paperback)
This crash course in C++ covers all of the important aspects of the language in around 250 pages. The book touches on most of the standard language and even some STL. Also, it uses the standard C++ library which a lot of older books on C++ fail to use. Without the standard library, C++ is just another C. However, when you use the standard library, the distinctions between the two languages is clear.
This book is very good when used in conjunction with Lippman's other book, "The C++ Primer," which is hands-down the best and most readable book about C++. However, "The C++ Primer" is more in-depth and almost 1300 pages, so this book is much more attractive for those who don't have a lot of time to dedicate to learning C++ the old fashion way. One warning about this book, however, is that if you don't know how to program in at least one other programming language besides C++, then this may not be the book for you. This book is very fast paced and spends all of it's time going over syntax rather then sematics. But for the experienced programmer, there is no faster way to learn the essentials of C++.

Java I/O
Java I/O
by Elliotte Rusty Harold
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable and very complete, Jan. 19 2001
This review is from: Java I/O (Paperback)
For anyone who knows Java's core language and wants to know more about the many ways to perform I/O in Java, then look no further. This is the best book available on the subject hands-down. It covers all aspects of I/O, including encryption, zipping, and networking as well as big discussions on the basics such as console and file I/O. This book is very readable as well in that the author saves the book from being as boring as a book covering I/O can be. All in all, it's worth every penny.

Quaternions and Rotation Sequences: A Primer with Applications to Orbits, Aerospace and Virtual Reality
Quaternions and Rotation Sequences: A Primer with Applications to Orbits, Aerospace and Virtual Reality
by J. B. Kuipers
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written text, Jan. 10 2001
This is a very well written book in that it is very easy to understand, all of the concepts are explained clearly, the chapters section-off the topics nicely, and it very readable despite the technical nature of the subject. I found every page of this book to be very interesting. The author includes some historical notes on the origins of quaternions and why they are so important. There's nothing quite like learning an interesting class of mathematics in which you are told right off the bat why you should be interested.
This book is great for those who dabble in computer graphics. I do game programming as a hobby and I find that all my resources use quaternions from time to time. I picked up this book not knowing anything about them and found myself with all the information and motivation that I needed all in one place. I highly recommend this book to all who are interesting in quaternion mathematics.

Linear Algebra & Its Application Revised with CDROM
Linear Algebra & Its Application Revised with CDROM
by David Caldwell Lay
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable text, Jan. 10 2001
I used this as the textbook for an undergraduate course in Linear Algebra. It was by far the most reader-friendly math book I've ever had the pleasure of using. The book explains Linear Algebra in plain, easy-to-read english. Each section of each chapter is very clear and to-the-point. The examples are helpful and well-placed in the chapters. I attribute getting an 'A' in that class to this text.
One word of advise however... the study guide for this text comes in handy at numerous points of the book. It's not needed, but strongly advised. Other than that, the book is great! I only wish that I had a calculus book that well written.

Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design
Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design
by Scott Meyers
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable tips for writting good C++ code, Jan. 9 2001
Reading this book is about the best favor that you could do for yourself. Every page of this book is filled with sound advise on how to improve everything from your style of programming to the methods in which you use to get the job done effectively. This book is worth every cent I paid and has changed the way I code in C++. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about writting efficient and effective C++.

C++ Primer
C++ Primer
by Stanley B. Lippman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very complete book on C++, Jan. 9 2001
This review is from: C++ Primer (Paperback)
This book does a very good job of explaining the facets of the C++ programming language in detail, but, at the same time, in plain english. I do have to say that the order in which the author chooses to present some of his topics is a bit peculiar, but if this isn't your first object-oriented programming language, then you should have no trouble adjusting. Very complete and a heck-of-a-lot more readable then "The C++ Programming Language."

Programming Windows (5th Edition)
Programming Windows (5th Edition)
by Charles Petzold
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the Win32 API, hands-down, Jan. 8 2001
This book is by far the best book ever written on the Win32 API. If you are trying to avoid MFC and want to program for Windows the old-fashion way, then look no further. Actually, even if you do use MFC, you can still benefit from knowing the Win32 API as you can make calls to it from MFC. Charles Petzold has been there since the beginning of Windows and remains the true authority on learning to program for Microsoft Windows.

Programming Windows with MFC, Second Edition
Programming Windows with MFC, Second Edition
by Jeff Prosise
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on MFC programming hands-down, Jan. 8 2001
If you are looking to learn how to program for Windows using the MFC library, then this book is a must have. This book is the ultimate reference, and therefore is also very useful to those who already program in MFC. The only problem with this book is that it is so long and detailed that it is very hard to read straight through from cover to cover. Therefore, I recommend "Programming Microsoft Visual C++ 5th Edition" as your main book to read while learning. That book is much easier and covers more ground. However, it's not even close to being as detailed as this book is. That is why I recommend reading "Programming Microsoft Visual C++" and, when you find a topic that interests you, find out more of the details in this book. Together, they make a great team. But, if you are only going to get one book on MFC, make it this one... it is the best on the subject, hands-down.

Inside Visual C++
Inside Visual C++
by David Kruglinski
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn MFC and VC++, Jan. 8 2001
This review is from: Inside Visual C++ (Paperback)
If you are trying to learn Windows programming using the MFC library, then this book is a great place to start. The book covers a lot of material and discusses how to put Visual C++ to work for you in the process. This book does, however, move fairly quickly. It is easy to follow and understand, but it sometimes skips some details that may be of interest. Therefore, I recommend using this book to learn MFC, but also have a copy of Jeff Prosise's "Programming Windows with MFC." Prosise's book is hands-down the best MFC book on the market, but it is so detailed that it is hard to read it from cover-to-cover. So, when you read this book and feel like you want to know more about the topic you just read, look to Prosise's book for more information. The two books make a great team.

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