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WebGL Beginner's Guide
WebGL Beginner's Guide
by Diego Cantor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Get started using WebGL, load and display objects using shaders!, 1 Oct 2012
This review is from: WebGL Beginner's Guide (Paperback)
If you have wanted to start learning any kind of OpenGL, WebGL is a great way to start learning. This book provides a lot of information about using WebGL, from just introducing the canvas tag, to actually loading models from Blender in obj format, picking geometry using the mouse and ray tracing, and even using shaders in your WebGL application.

If you have used OpenGL or OpenGL ES before, a lot of the techniques will be very familiar. If you haven't he starts off at the beginning, explaining everything thoroughly, and as long as you have programmed before, and hopefully have used Javascript, you will be able to start creating WebGL apps using modern techniques. The advantages of using WebGL include not needing to compile anything, so any text editor is all you really need(although I would recomend at least using notepad++), it uses Javascript, so has a relatively low barrier of entry for more novice programmers, and it's viewable on the web- so you could upload it to your website for everyone to be able to check out.

If you know some Javascript, and are interested in adding anywhere from simple 3d, up to enough to create a small 3d game, this book would be able to get you started, and confident with using WebGL.


UDK iOS Game Development Beginners Guide
UDK iOS Game Development Beginners Guide
by John Preston Doran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource to learn to start creating games using the Unreal Engine AND deploy to iphnes/ipads., 1 Oct 2012
The unreal engine is a professional engine, made available to everyone. Getting started with it can be a real challenge, but this book walks you through creating a game step by step. Starting with first creating a room with lighting, to moving on and creating an outside, sky dome, buildings, enemies and AI, you'll understand the basic tools, and how to start using it to create your own game! The book touches at least on a little of everything that you'll need, custom models and textures, and the two types of scripting available to you. It also shows you hopw to deploy to your idevice for testing, as well as troubleshooting, ending with instructions for actually submitting your game to apple for approval on the app store.

If you've been looking to start with the UDK, this is a great resource. If you'd also like to learn how to deploy that game to idevices, then this book would be perfect for you.


Inkscape Beginner's Guide
Inkscape Beginner's Guide
by Bethany Hiitola
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go from knowing nothing about vector drawing to a confident, well experienced user!, 1 Oct 2012
Inkscape is a vector drawing program, much like Illustrator, but free AND open sourced. This book is very detailed, assuming you know knowing of vector drawing, and possibly of any kind of digital drawing. It starts out very slow, describing what vector graphics actually are, how to install Inkscape, ect. Then it actually allows you to explore the interface by small little projects, such as basic drawing tools, starting to modify objects, using layers, and stylizing text. Towards the end, it starts touching on topics most well experienced vector artists use on a daily basis, or haven't even discovered yet, such as using filters to stylize your objects, different options for stylizing text, and making custom looking text, as well as manipulating nopn-vector images inside of inkscape, and even using the XML editor to directly modify the SVG, which gives you an intro into how shapes are actually stored, which can of course be used by different programs (such as HTML5's `canvas' tag), due to it being an open format for vector graphics.

If you're new to creating art working with a computer, new to vector drawing, or even want to transition from Illustrator to Inkscape, this book will get you from clueless to experienced in no time.


Opennebula 3 Cloud Computing
Opennebula 3 Cloud Computing
by Giovanni Toraldo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for setting up your own cloud datacenter using Open Nebula 3!, 1 Oct 2012
If you have been looking into understanding, and seeing how to setup your own cloud solution, this is a great book. The book starts with an overview of OpenNebula, then into all the different things you'll have to consider when starting, and setting up Open Nebula. You'll learn how to everything up, what hardware you should consider, and how to install extra applications that it easier to interface and use OpenNebula, as well as how to administer and manage your datacenter, once it is setup.

If you have been interested in cloud computing, and would like to see how to set it up using an open source solution like OpenNebula, this will be a great book to get you setup and working.


Runescape Gold Strategy Guide
Runescape Gold Strategy Guide
by Harrison Lesley A.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.18

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to runescape, or having trouble getting as much gold as you need? Then this book will get your quickly started, making money, 1 Oct 2012
As someone who had spent quite some time in World of Warcraft, starting at the beginning, and slowly going through quests, earning small amounts of gold, only to find better ways later on, I found this book very helpful for RuneScape. You can skip all the time of trying to figure out the intricacies of the game itself, which will sometimes slow down, and even ruin your experience as you become frustrated.

The author provides information about the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of using a free vs. paid account, so you can decide early on which is the right one for you, and what won't be included in the free version.
The book goes into different choices you can make that will affect how well you earn gold, such as choosing between the many gathering skills, artisan skills, and which things you should buy vs. craft, and how to decide.

Besides teaching different ways to earn gold based on time, he also teaches other useful information, such as how to prepare and go through dungeons, getting the most money through trading, and even how to avoid scams that you are likely to come across.

Overall, if you are new to MMORPG's, or just looking to earn gold faster than you're used to, this is a comprehensive book to get you started, and succeeding in Runescape.


iPhone Location Aware Apps by Example Beginner's Guide
iPhone Location Aware Apps by Example Beginner's Guide
Price: £19.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of knowledge on creating location based (GPS) apps, and tying into to well known API's, 1 Aug 2012
If you have been interested in creating applications using that tie into your iPhone's GPS, this book provides many great examples.
The book starts with an introduction to GPS terms, but quickly transitions into examples for creating "Hello location" apps using many tools, including Xcode, PhoneGap, Titatanium Appcelerator, and several more, so you have a choice which tool you prefer. The book goes over the Core GPS functions, and then into tying your app into well known API's to introduce more functionality to your app, without needing to try to code everything from a blank template. The API's it includes are the last.fm API, MapKit for including maps in your apps, the Weatherbug API, foursquare and many more advanced topics, such as getting the direction, and storing and recieving events from a SQLLite database.
The book has so many different ideas, and different API's related to GPS functionality, that you could find ideas to fulfill almost any of your GPS related app ideas.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in making an iphone application that they would like to tie into any location based mechanics that they might be interested in.


Moodle Gradebook
Moodle Gradebook
Price: £12.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive introduction to using the gradebook in Moodle., 1 Aug 2012
This review is from: Moodle Gradebook (Kindle Edition)
If you have used Moodle before, but would like more detailed help using the gradebook, this book is great. This books starts with an introduction to the gradebook, but quickly covers more advanced topics, such as using your own scale for grades, using letter or words instead of simply percentages, and many other advanced grading methods.
Even though the book doesn't cover every possible function in the gradebook, it provides a comprehensive walk through on doing most anything you would want to do.
If you have used Moodle, and want to become well versed with using the gradebook, this book would be a great reference.


Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide (Community Experience Distilled)
Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide (Community Experience Distilled)
Price: £12.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book introducing the Edge "HTML5" authoring tool, 1 Aug 2012
If you have been interesting in moving from creating content in flash, to creating content in "HTML5" that can be viewed on any standard web browser, this book is a great introduction to Adobe's newest tool.
For a veteran of Flash, it compares the two side by side, showing what Edge can currently create (circa mid 1990s Flash). The book introduces and shows the new interface, teaches you how to work with tools and the timeline, as well as adding interactivity to your HTML5 based content. The book does a great job of showcasing Edge's strengths and weaknesses compared to using Flash.
I found this book to be a great introduction to the Edge platform, and would think anyone that currently develops Flash content, or has been interested in getting into interactive web development would find interesting and useful.


The Game Jam Survival Guide
The Game Jam Survival Guide
Price: £7.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for preparing for almost any game project, 1 Aug 2012
While although this book specializes on giving advice from different experienced game jam developers, anyone looking for advice on creating games, how to manage everything that needs to be done, and how to prioritize and maximize their time on their project would find this extremely helpful.

It covers pitfalls that any game developer will run into, such as having to cut mechanics due to time, focusing on doing a few things very well vs. lots of things not as well, counting in time for things you might not have planned on, such as adding sound, packaging your game to distribute before the deadline, and planning on things usually going wrong.

Aside from avoiding pitfalls, he also introduced you to resources to improve the speed at which you can create games, such as free sound sites, resources for finding game frameworks/engines, and the best ways to prepare for a game jam (which contrary to what it sound like, does not mean starting from scratch after the game topic has been announced).

I would recommend it for anyone interested in participating in a game jam, building their own game, or interested in what goes into creating a game, and the types of things you'll have to plan on, and ways of avoiding pitfalls which may keep your game from being completed.


Unreal Development Kit Game Programming with UnrealScript: Beginner's Guide
Unreal Development Kit Game Programming with UnrealScript: Beginner's Guide
Price: £14.81

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great amount of information for working with Unreal scripting!, 2 May 2012
I am a beginner to Unreal scripting, and had not realized how involved it could be. This book helps you with setting up everything you need to get started, installing the UDK and external programs for script editing/compiling, and setting up a project.

The book appears to be aimed more so at beginners, with information about basic programming types, functions and states, albeit how to use them in UnrealScript. It does include some more advanced concepts, such as working with multiplayer, but it's primary purpose is to give a good base for learning how to use UnrealScript.

Overall, it contains a ton of information on using UnrealScript, and would be useful for any looking to become very familiar with it.


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