3.0 out of 5 stars
Too detail for overview, too shadow in practice, Jan. 27 2001
I'm half way through this book. This is a very nice and comprehensive book to overview the history,future and competition development environment. But ,redundantly and redundantly, you will find the same description repeated and repeated all over the book (that's why 1142 pages). With more than 400 pages devoted to VRML, what you can learn is just very introductory, though the explanation is very clear but reduntant. To my frustration,most of the specificaions you need to know are not listed in this book. Instead you need to logon its web site to find out.
Though it's quite comprehensive as far as the overview is concerned, it's not worth spending your time through more than 1100 pages to just learn a introductory skills. If you need practical real-world skills, look somewhere else, just like me.