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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; Pap/Cdr edition (17 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584502754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584502753
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Book on Advanced MEL 26 May 2003
By Mark R Wilkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having helped write "MEL Scripting for Maya Animators," I cracked open "The MEL Companion" wondering if I was going to have my lunch eaten.
What I found, to my pleasant surprise, was an interesting, well-written book that picks up with more advanced MEL examples at about the level that my book left off. "The MEL Companion" is heavy with examples... don't expect a lot of involved discussion of how MEL fits into Maya.
The examples, though, are substantial, production-quality code that implement reasonably advanced techniques with comprehensive explanations of how they work and where they could be pushed farther.
If you're a beginner, I suggest you get some experience with simple MEL before cracking this book open, but if you've done some scripting and want to become an expert, this is the book for you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
How did the editor of this book keep his job? 9 Feb. 2005
By Brendon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While this book was VERY hard to follow ( I'm a pretty technical guy when it comes to 3D) i WAS able to follow it most of the time. What really pisses me off is that it is a programming book and just about every page has a syntax error of some kind or another. Really mad about the fact that just as you think you're getting it there's a not always so obvious syntax error that the author and the editor and the publisher all missed!I spent more time troubleshooting the authors oversights then i did learning anything - WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? nobody buy this book until they fix all their little screw ups.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 2 Jun. 2003
By "chriskazmier" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After having the chance of both meeting David and looking over the book, I have to agree with my co-author Mark and say that I found it a great well rounded book about the Mel language. From some soild sections on basic computer graphics concepts with Mel all the way to some advance scripting examples. I would have loved for this book to have been out when I first started scripting Mel. Both the book and David are class acts!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Full of errors 29 April 2007
By Robert Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's ironic in a sad way that a programming book be filled with syntactical errors and painfully obvious the author didn't bother to proof read, let alone run, his code. I am a newcomer to MEL, but have been programming in other languages (C, C++, Python, Java) for ten years; I feel I've taken a step backwards insofar as my MEL progress is concerned. No one involved with this book has put forth the required effort and as such has done the MEL community a disservice

If the code weren't rampant with errors, this would be the best MEL book out there. As it stands, it's the worst. At the very least, the publisher could have released the errata on their website as others have done.

I recommend David Gould's "Complete Maya Programming" series as an excellent replacement. There's a reason this book is so inexpensive when purchased used. Don't waste your time.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Keep Looking!!! 18 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have never purchased a book that has so many errors in it! Most of the script in the book and the CD will not execute. Plus the printed script does not match the script in the CD. The CD has VERY little info--to be exact, 18.9 Meg...The CD also has many missing key scenes and scripts. For an example if you were trying to create the "grass" project. My advice to you is: Go and buy other MEL books because you'll need it to decipher this project or another projects in this book. Try the animation chapter. It has 14 pages of script that is NOT included on the CD, type at your risk! I would get more specific but that would require me to write a book. I can't believe the people at CHARLES RIVER MEDIA puts out this [stuff]! This book is[n't worth the money].Try reading MEL Script for Maya Animators by Mark Wilkins and Chris Kazmier. It's a much better book with the exception of chapter 18. They even have a web site for errata. And the author will acknowledge your emails.
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