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Real-Time Rendering Tricks and Techniques in DirectX (Premier Press Game Development)

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The last several years have seen some exciting advances in the field of real-time graphics. Starting slowly for beginning programmers, this book begins by reviewing recent 3D graphics developments and with an introduction to vectors, matrices, colors, and lighting. Then, it's on to rendering graphics! Learn various vertex and pixel shader techniques, discover how to use video as a texture, and get the scoop on several techniques for picking objects in a scene. Whatever your level of programming expertise, let this book serve as your guide to mastering the possibilities of real-time programming.

If you’re reading this book at home, good—because I have every intention of making this a book that you can use as a reference for a long time. If you’re reading this at the bookstore, then bring it home (they appreciate it if you pay first) because it’s terribly inconvenient to run to the bookstore each time you need to implement one of the cool techniques this book describes. When I taught a programming class, I told them, “I don’t know everything, but I know where to find everything.” Every good programmer has a couple of books that are good to refer to periodically. This is one of those books, but before we get to the good stuff, let’s get some basic introductions out of the way.

Who Is This Book For?

Simply put, this book is for you! If you’re reading this, you picked this book off the shelf because you have an interest in learning some of the more interesting parts of graphics programming. This book covers advanced features in a way that is easy for beginners to grasp. Beginners who start at the beginning and work their way through should have no problem learning as the techniques become more advanced. Experienced users can use this book as a reference, jumping from chapter to chapter as they need to learn or brush up on certain techniques.
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No Wonder You Wonder!: Great Inventions and Scientific Mysteries
No Wonder You Wonder!: Great Inventions and Scientific Mysteries

This book explores and explains scientific mysteries and principles, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor and an abundance of illustrations. Chapters are short, but give an understanding of technology and science not available elsewhere. Questions include:

• What holds a satellite up while it goes around the Earth?

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff

Braille edition of the popular bestseller. "Let go of the idea that gentle, relaxed people can't be super-achievers," advises Dr. Richard Carlson in his widely popular self-help book, DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. In 100 chapters--each only a few pages long--Dr. Carlson shares his ideas for living a calmer, richer life. This...

Grails 2: A Quick-Start Guide
Grails 2: A Quick-Start Guide

Grails is a full-stack web development framework that enables you to build complete web applications in a fraction of the time and with less code than other frameworks. Grails uses the principle of convention over configuration and the dynamic Groovy programming language.

This revised and updated new edition shows you how to
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Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F# (Professional Expertise Distilled)
Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F# (Professional Expertise Distilled)

Develop amazing applications for Windows Phone using F#

Overview

  • Understand the Windows Phone application development environment and F# as a language
  • Discover how to work with Windows Phone controls using F#
  • Learn how to work with gestures, navigation, and data access
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Exploring the Moon: The Apollo Expeditions (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)
Exploring the Moon: The Apollo Expeditions (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)

David Harland opens with a review of the robotic probes, namely the Rangers which returned television before crashing into the Moon, the Surveyors which 'soft landed' in order to investigate the nature of the surface, and the Lunar Orbiters which mapped prospective Apollo landing sites. He then outlines the historic landing by Apollo 11 in terms...

Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition (Beginning from Novice to Professional)
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition (Beginning from Novice to Professional)
Widely praised for its in–depth coverage of Drupal internals, bestselling Pro Drupal Development has been completely updated for Drupal 6 in this latest edition, and there are even more tricks of the trade to help you further yourself as a professional Drupal developer.

Assuming you already know how to install and bring a...

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