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Beginning XNA 3.0 Game programming From Novice to Professional

Advantages: Depth of coverage, 3D and skeleton animation included.
Disadvantages: Writing style a little dour and dense

The title 'Beginning XNA 3.0 Game programming From Novice to Professional' seems a little incongruous. Beginner and Pro in the same title? It opens with target audiences, genres and the different roles in a game team. It also discusses game planning incl ...

ilaskey 25.03.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Beginning XNA 3.0 Game Programming - Jose Antonio Leal De Farias

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A good introduction to UI issues, but don't stop here!

Advantages: An entertaining and enlightening read for the newcomer to UI design
Disadvantages: Self-contradictory in places and sometimes impractical

I used to think Alan Cooper was a god, but time and experience have taught me otherwise. I still consider this book to be a good introduction to the topic of UI design in Windows(tm), but I am now able to spot its contradictory nature. While the ideas pre ...

malross 05.09.2000 · Read full review

Review of About Face - Alan Cooper

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Definitive History of Atari - part 1

Advantages: Definitive, detailed and well researched
Disadvantages: Sloppy editing

Having been a hardcore Atari nut since the late 70′s when the VCS came out then moving through the various 8bits (400, 800, 130XE, 800XL), STs (520 STm, 4160STe, Mega STe, Falcon) etc, I was looking forward to this book immensely. The authors are well ...

ilaskey 12.06.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Atari Inc Business is Fun - Curt Vendel, Marty Goldberg

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Great intro to C++

Advantages: Clear, concise and very easy to read
Disadvantages: The price of £18.99

This was the first book to do with I.T. that I have read. Having just started a Masters in the subject our first module was C++ and this was the recommended book. It's incredibly well written, everything is nicely spaced out and it is not an off-putting b ...

Deenie 12.11.2000 · Read full review
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Review of The Essence of Programming Using C++ - Douglas Bell

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Get With The Program

Advantages: Excellent guide to writing good code
Disadvantages: Case studies are tough to follow; very Java centric

I recently had a sudden and unexpected attack of motivation to learn stuff which manifested itself in the form of a newly purchased Safari Books subscription. Obviously with summer upon us the thing to do is invest money in something which requires time ...

Kordor 04.08.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship - Robert C. Martin

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