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    1. PM FASTrack: PMP exam simulation
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    1. PM FASTrack: PMP exam simulation software, Version 4.3
    by Rita Mulcahy, PMP
    list price: $299.00
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    Asin: 0971164789
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-05)
    Publisher: RMC Publishing, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 13452
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    RMC Publications, Inc. is please to announce its new version 4.3 of PM FASTrack, PMP exam simulation software, complete with updated questions and additional functionality.

    PM FASTrack is a robust exam simulation program that lets you discover the gaps in your knowledge before you take the PMP exam. It contains 1,300 questions - simulates the range and depth of questions that may be found on the PMP exam. This can't be found in a book.

    You can take hundreds of exams in 4 testing modes including Knowledge Area, Process Group and by keyword as well as a Super PMP Exam - the hardest questions.

    Apply and test your knowledge. The PM FASTrack software automatically scores your answers and gives you reports to help you analyze your progress. Questions are written and sorted like the PMP exam. ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy !
    I have bought lots of books in order to be prepared for the PMP exam. This CD, combined with Rita Mulcahy's book and the PMBOK, is the best combination I could find on the market. It forces you to think the "right" way and fully explains each answer to all the questions. Moreover, it is as close as possible to the real exam.
    I do not regret the investment made, as I passed the exam on the first attempt.

    5-0 out of 5 stars None Better
    If you want to get your PMP, I highly recommend this product and the asociated flashcards to help prepare for the test. There are many competing products from which to choose. But, none more complete and easily read than Rita's.

    Don't waste time, learn the PMBOK, buy Rita's suite of materials and blow the test away as I did!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD helped a lot.
    I just passed my PMP on April 9th. I can honestly say with out this cd I would have either barely passed or not passed at all. The questions are somewhat similar to the ones on the pmp. They are very challenging. For anyone that's interested I started off studying Kim Heldman's book along with using the PMBOK as a reference. I then moved on to Rita's PMP Exam Prep book and then ordered her pmp fastrack cd. That was basically my whole studying plan. I can't say exactly which one was the best or helped me the most. Kim's book I used for a solid foundation. Rita's PMP Exam Prep I used to get all the little tricks for memorization I would need. After that I knew I still needed to answer practice questions just to get me familarized with answering potential questions on the exam and that's were the PMP Fastrack CD came in. I didn't use any study group because that's just the type of person I am as far as studying. Some people may learn better in a study group though. Use whatever study method works for you. In short the cd was a tremendous ableit over priced cd. (I don't see how she can justify selling it for $300 seeing as it's really a very basic program written in some form of MS VBA) But the good news is you'll always find someone willing to buy it off you on ebay or this site so that'll soften the blow somewhat. I would give it 4.5 stars mainly because of the price but since I can't I'll round it up to 5 Good luck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Preparation Tool
    This is a very close simulation of the actual PMP test. By this I do not mean that you will see any of the same questions on the actual test, what I mean is that the questions will be of the same level of difficulty, phrased in similar terms, and covering the same subject matter in the same proportions. By taking many of the different practice tests I was able to pinpoint my areas of weaknesses, make them strengths, and then discover new areas of knowledge in which I needed work, slowly and steadily raising my grade with every practice test I took. To the credit of this method, I saw my grades increase by about 3 to 5 points with every test I took after studying, and the actual grade I achieved on the real test was just another point in the same upward slope.

    The real test is extremely grueling, a test of stamina, focus, and knowledge, and I found the practice tests to reflect this very closely. Four hours might seem like a long time to be given for a test, but clearly reading and correctly answering 200 questions in that time is no easy task. Even though I considered myself a good test taker and had passed many certification tests in the last couple of years, I could never have passed the PMP test without the use of this excellent simulation software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This works!
    Great way to make efficient use of your study time. The answers to each test question, along with a full explanation, is available with one click. The immediate feedback made it easy to understand why the answer was wrong so the mistake didn't happen again. This was much easier than going back after a paper test, looking at the answer key, and digging up the explanation in a text. Using the software and the PMBOK, I aced this test after about 35 hours of focused study over a period of 4 weeks. The wording of the simulated test questions was very close to the real test. I highly recommend this software ... Read more

    2. PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
    by Rita Mulcahy
    list price: $89.00
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    Asin: 0971164738
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
    Sales Rank: 2024
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Learn More. Study Less.

    The 4th Edition of the PMP Exam Prep is a Course in a Book and is used in 43 countries to help project managers pass PMI's PMP Exam. It contains not only sample exams but detailed review materials, games and exercises based on accelerated learning theory and insider tips. PMP Exam Prep was developed to help you learn more and study less - up to 70% less than using conventional study guides. It contains information about core concepts of project management, information on the PMP exam that is not in the PMBOK and helps you understand how the PMP exam is constructed.

    The 4th edition has over 100 pages more than the 3rd edition, 300 changes and much more information about the new area of professional responsibility. It focuses on the areas of the PMP exam where students score the lowest and contains tips about how to study and what to study. ... Read more

    Reviews (78)

    5-0 out of 5 stars PMP Exam Prep
    I used this book along with the PMBOK as my primary study references. I found the following to be true concerning this text:

    1) Great Layout: Each section is layed out according to the PMBOK's organization. This greatly assists the reader when referring from area to area.

    2) Solid Information: Rita provides information you need to know to be a solid Project Manager. In addition, she provides enough information to the level of granularity needed to pass the test. A key diagram I felt very helpful is her overview of the steps (in order) needed to go through the Project Lifecycle from Initiating to Closing. And at times, she lets you smile as you read :-).

    3) Practice Tests: I concur with a previous reader. The questions are more difficult in Rita's books than they are on the actual test. However, Rita's questions make you think through the process and promote a deeper level of understanding that is needed to answer the "simpler" questions on the PMP test.

    The only drawback of Rita's books are the lack of additional questions. A CD is provided that is sold seperately (Fast Track). I would have preferred a few more questions that the 24 demo questions for the price of the book.

    The bottom line--I passed the test. My recommendation. Read the PMBOK and understand inputs, tools, outputs, and flow. Buy Rita's book to greatly enhance understanding. Then buy another book with additional practice questions as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly effective!
    First things first, I passed the PMP certification exam! I did not take any classes or workshops, I relied exclusively on the PMBOK, the 'PMP Exam Prep' by Rita Mulcahy, her practice CD, and the thick and not-so-effective 'Project management - a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling' by Harold Kernzer. I have to admit that when I first received the pricey 'Exam Prep' I was disappointed by its format (amateurish) and what seems to be, at the time, shallow content. I also felt that the sample questions were scarce and essentially designed to lure you into buying the practice CD. However as I started to study for the PMP exam I felt that the book was very effective and a much needed complement to the PMBOK. It went straight to the point, told you what was important to memorize and what was not, and gave you tricks. It rapidly became my 'cliff notes' for the PMBOK and was instrumental in helping me pass the exam. Bottom line it found that the book was surprisingly effective and despite its high price tag, it ended up being worth every penny. I would stronly recommend it to anyone who is preparing for the PMP exam.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book but not complete!
    A good project manager will take a balanced view of IT, learn the business and gain mastery of software development disciplines. Would recommend that project managers also consider reading books on enterprise architecture.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Highly overrated
    This book does present some material well. But it is more of an advertising teaser so you'll buy the whole kaboodle paying several hundred dollars. Or worse you'll be motivated to take her course paying thousands of dollars.
    PMP exam prep has definitely been a growing industry. The certification is by itself overly hyped up. Sometimes it all seems like a scam. One can pass PMP by just reading a bunch of prep books. Just because someone is a PMP doesn't mean a squat.

    3-0 out of 5 stars overhyped
    This is a good list but far overpriced considering the alternatives. Try Phillips! ... Read more

    3. The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web
    by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: 0321303474
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-18)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 104562
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    Book Description

    Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of thegraphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required). ... Read more

    4. Head First Design Patterns
    by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
    list price: $44.95
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    Asin: 0596007124
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1062
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    Book Description

    You're not alone. At any given moment, somewhere in the world someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. You know you don't want to reinvent the wheel (or worse, a flat tire), so you look to Design Patterns--the lessons learned by those who've faced the same problems. With Design Patterns, you get to take advantage of the best practices and experience of others, so that you can spend your time on...something else. Something more challenging. Something more complex. Something more fun.You want to learn about the patterns that matter--why to use them, when to use them, how to use them (and when NOT to use them). But you don't just want to see how patterns look in a book, you want to know how they look "in the wild". In their native environment. In other words, in real world applications. You also want to learn how patterns are used in the Java API, and how to exploit Java's built-in pattern support in your own code.You want to learn the real OO design principles and why everything your boss told you about inheritance might be wrong (and what to do instead).You want to learn how those principles will help the next time you're up a creek without a design paddle pattern.Most importantly, you want to learn the "secret language" of Design Patterns so that you can hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions his stunningly clever use of Command, Facade, Proxy, and Factory in between sips of a martini. You'll easily counter with your deep understanding of why Singleton isn't as simple as it sounds, how the Factory is so often misunderstood, or on the real relationship between Decorator, Facade and Adapter.With Head First Design Patterns, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking Decorator is something from the "Trading Spaces" show. Best of all, in a way that won't put you to sleep!We think your time is too important (and too short) to spend it struggling with academic texts.If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect--a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First Design Patterns will load patterns into your brain in a way that sticks. In a way that lets you put them to work immediately. In a way that makes you better at solving software design problems, and better at speaking the language of patterns with others on your team. ... Read more

    5. The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set
    by Donald E. Knuth
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    Asin: 0201485419
    Catlog: Book (1998-10)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
    Sales Rank: 14817
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Knuth's multivolume work, widelyrecognized as the definitive description of classical computer science, is now available in an attractive, boxed set. The three volumes included in this set have each been revised recently to reflect developments in the field. As earlier editions clearly demonstrated, they comprise an invaluable resource in programming theory and practice for students, researchers, and practitioners alike. Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth's work.Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while ordinary programmers have successfully applied his "cookbook" solutions to their day-to-day problems. All have admired Knuth for the breadth, clarity, accuracy, and good humor found in his books.

    See descriptions of each individual volume for more information. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Knuth's words on why assembly language
    Many readers are no doubt thinking, ``Why does Knuth replace MIX by another machine instead of just sticking to a high-level programming language? Hardly anybody uses assemblers these days.''

    Such people are entitled to their opinions, and they need not bother reading the machine-language parts of my books. But the reasons for machine language that I gave in the preface to Volume 1, written in the early 1960s, remain valid today:

    One of the principal goals of my books is to show how high-level constructions are actually implemented in machines, not simply to show how they are applied. I explain coroutine linkage, tree structures, random number generation, high-precision arithmetic, radix conversion, packing of data, combinatorial searching, recursion, etc., from the ground up.

    The programs needed in my books are generally so short that their main points can be grasped easily.

    People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird.

    Machine language is necessary in any case, as output of many of the software programs I describe.

    Expressing basic methods like algorithms for sorting and searching in machine language makes it possible to carry out meaningful studies of the effects of cache and RAM size and other hardware characteristics (memory speed, pipelining, multiple issue, lookaside buffers, the size of cache blocks, etc.) when comparing different schemes.

    Moreover, if I did use a high-level language, what language should it be? In the 1960s I would probably have chosen Algol W; in the 1970s, I would then have had to rewrite my books using Pascal; in the 1980s, I would surely have changed everything to C; in the 1990s, I would have had to switch to C++ and then probably to Java. In the 2000s, yet another language will no doubt be de rigueur. I cannot afford the time to rewrite my books as languages go in and out of fashion; languages aren't the point of my books, the point is rather what you can do in your favorite language. My books focus on timeless truths.

    Therefore I will continue to use English as the high-level language in TAOCP, and I will continue to use a low-level language to indicate how machines actually compute. Readers who only want to see algorithms that are already packaged in a plug-in way, using a trendy language, should buy other people's books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive
    As Knuth himself says, it is impossible for any one person to keep up with all the research in computer science, but these 3 volumes do a remarkably good job of distilling the most important results and explaining them with mathematical rigor.

    Each volume contains 2 chapters. Ch. 1, Basic Concepts: mathematical foundations and a description of MIX, a hypothetical machine (now available in software emulations). Ch. 2, Information Structures: lists, trees, memory allocation, garbage collection. Ch. 3, Random Numbers: how to produce series of "random" numbers and test their statistical properties. Ch. 4, Arithmetic: algorithms for integer and floating-point arithmetic. Ch. 5, Sorting: both in memory and on disks or tapes. Ch. 6, Searching: sequential, binary, hashing.

    Despite the detailed coverage of the topics, which often involves esoteric mathematical notation, the author's lively style makes the algorithms and the main theoretical results relatively easy to grasp. If all you care about is getting a program to run, buy another book; but if you really want to understand how and why software works, there's nothing quite like this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My two cents
    Yes, using MIX is all wrong. Psuedo-code that's intuitively obvious would save
    us so much trouble. But, why not a "TAoCP in FORTRAN-90",
    a "TAoCP" in APL, a "TAoCP" in COBOL, a "TAoCP" in BASIC,
    a "TAoCP" in LISP, a "TAoCP" in ALGOL, a "TAoCP in Ada", a "TAoCP in C", a
    "TAoCP in Java", etc. ?? Think of the money to be made re-selling it in every
    possible langauge if there's a market for it? I might even do it myself and
    make some $. Actually, there's no need for a Visual Basic version, etc. because
    I/O, etc. is not the issue. This set is about art, about *algorithms*, so most of
    the high level language specific aspects are irrelevant (except for recursion,
    details like garbage collect, inheritance, polymorphism...). Equally irrelevant is
    worrying about efficient memory usage and the like. Today, memory, disk
    space, etc. are not scare resources. While (being from the old school) I don't
    believe in wasteful code, all people really want today out of algorithms is
    optimal speed. Time and CPU power are the only resources that is still
    constraints. Discussions about sort algorithms which optimize for anything
    else (memory space, etc.) are pointless if they aren't also the most time
    efficient. We don't care! Also, unless you work for the US Census or Social
    Security Administration, you don't care about hardware devices like tape drives,
    so those algorithms are just theoretical mind games. Anyway, please rewrite
    this set in a practical high level psuedo-code with time optimal algorithms
    only. But only the timeless (pun-intended) universally necessary algorithms
    that are always going to be useful. Stuff like searching, data structures,
    hashing, trade offs between techniques. In the future all people will want are
    parallel processing algorithms for distributed environments and perhaps
    eventually quantum computing algorithms for a language built on a CPU which
    only processes QBits. One final thing: wasn't there originally
    supposed to be 7 volumes and only these 3 were completed? What ever
    happened to the rest? Why were they abandoned? I guess I never heard.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Precisely, but let us keep our logic straight.
    From the review by Ekalavya Nishada: "It is true it uses MIX and does not cover the last 20 years of advances in computer science yet but if you cant understand MIX you have no hope of understanding the mathemtical analysis of algorithms in these books nor appreciate a quality book like this."

    But this is precisely the point! Indeed, w/o MIX you won't be able to really read TAoCP, right, but let us keep our logic straight. Do you need MIX for anything other than reading this book? Nope. Does it add anything to the subject matter? Nope (in fact, it detracts from it; C would be more illustrative and realistic.) Is learning it so easy as to make the issue unworthy of bringing it up? No, learning it will take quite a bit of effort. Yet it *is* a precondition to being able to read TAoCP. And, btw, it's not that MIX "doesn't cover the advances of the last 20 years" -- I suspect, it simply has nothing in common with reality, whether today or 20 years ago. Is it worth your time to dig into this piece of gratuitous esoterica simply in order to be able to read the book? Is TAoCP *that* great and indispensable? Everyone will decide on one's own, but personally I think not, not today -- there are now quite adequate alternatives that do not tax the reader unnecessarily. Life is short; its demands are many; not everyone's a tenured professor...

    (And to propose that the only alternative to TAoCP is "O'Reilly cookbooks" is a wild exaggeration: there are just as in-depth *yet readable* books to choose from. Twenty years ago, maybe this wasn't the case, but life didn't stop then -- our then-beloved books and us, we all have to face a threat of obsolescence ; let's not mistake our sentimental rememberances of the past for eternal verities.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for serious practitioners
    I was amazed to see some people dissing TAoCP. I came across these books 20 years ago when I was learning FORTRAN and Pascal. I did not understand much then but since then they have proved to be the best source for solving many sticky problems be it data structures oo sorting. It is true it uses MIX and does not cover the last 20 years of advances in computer science yet but if you cant understand MIX you have no hope of understanding the mathemtical analysis of algorithms in these books nor appreciate a quality book like this. If your intellectual curiosity extends beyond the O'Reilly cook books and you *love* programming, these books definitely belong in your library. A couple of hours of reading a section or two from these books is so stimulating! ... Read more

    6. The Photoshop Elements 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices)
    by Scott Kelby
    list price: $34.99
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    Asin: 0321269055
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-11)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 1034
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    Book Description

    If you're ready for an Elements 3 book that breaks all the rules, this is it, because it does something for digital photographers that's never been done before--it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It tells you, flat-out, which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

    This book is not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. It gives you the same settings used by some of the top digital pros, settings you can use today to get professional results you've always dreamed of.

    Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn't waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, setting your exposure, etc. and there's no talk which camera or printer to buy. It's all Elements, step-by-step, cover-to-cover in the only book of its kind, and you're gonna love it!

    Besides learning the inside tips and the tricks of the trade for correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You'll learn how to unlock the power of all the new Elements 3 features, including how to manage your photos using the new Organizer, how to use the new "pro tools" like the Healing Brush and the Shadow/Highlight controls, and how to master the new "Creation" section to take your photos to an entirely new level. Plus, you'll see it all step-by-step, in plain English, and you'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are, once you know the secrets.

    You'll learn:

    • The secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
    • How to incorporate the amazing new features of Elements 3 into your work today!
    • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how they do it!)
    • How to repair and restore damaged photos
    • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
    • Dealing with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
    • When to use Quick Fix, and when to do to it yourself (using our step-by-step methods).
    • The most-requested photographic special effects
    • and much more!
    • But besides all that, this book has a "secret weapon" that makes it the most important, most useful Elements book yet. The reason is this--although Elements 3 offers some digital photography features Photoshop CS doesn't offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS has, that Elements 3 still doesn't have (things like Layer Masking, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you'll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements.

      There's never been a book like it, and if you're a digital photographer using Photoshop Elements 3, this is the book you've been waiting for.

      ... Read more

    7. Professional Excel Development : The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft(R) Excel and VBA(R)
    by Stephen Bullen, Rob Bovey, John Green
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: 0321262506
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-04)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
    Sales Rank: 380271
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    8. The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers
    by Scott Kelby
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: 0321330625
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-18)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 239
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    Book Description

    Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS2 techniques for digital photographers.


    This major update to this award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that's never been done before–it 

    cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own 

    settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital 

    photographers and, best of all, he shows you, flat-out, exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That's why the previous 

    version of this book took the digital photography world by storm.


    But now, his new CS2, version is even bigger, even better, and exposes even more of the pros most closely guarded secrets, including a special chapter which shows, for the first time ever, step-by-step how to how to set-up Photoshop's color management. He does it by throwing out all the theory, all the techno-babble, and all the confusing charts and graphs and instead just shows you exactly what you need to do (and 

    nothing more).



    Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same 

    questions, the same problems, and the same challenges–and that's exactly what he covers in this book. You'll learn:


    • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter on, just this!)

    • The pros tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!

    • The step-by-step set-up for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you saw on screen

    • The retouching secrets of how the pros retouch portraits

    • How to process raw digital camera images (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features of CS2!)

    • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how easy it is–once you know the secret)

    • A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects • How to reduce noise, deal with lens problems, avoid halos, and more

    • How to show your work like a pro!

    • Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick "insider" tricks to send your productivity through the roof!


    If you're a digital photographer and you're ready to learn the "tricks of the trade"–the same ones that today's leading pros use to correct, 

    edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their wor; then this is the book for you.

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    9. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
    by ShonHarris, Shon Harris
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    Asin: 0072229667
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-17)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 3573
    Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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    All-in-One is all you need! This authoritative reference offers complete coverage of all material on the challenging CISSP exam. You’ll find exam objectives at the beginning of each chapter, helpful exam tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and photographs and illustrations. The bonus CD-ROM contains a testing engine with questions found only on the CD. This comprehensive guide not only helps you pass this challenging exam, but will also serve as an invaluable on-the-job reference. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Available in Market
    I enjoy reading this book very much. I believe that this book is the best so far in the market for CISSP and as an introduction and survey to provide a solid framework for the field, and especially for those to prepare CISSP. It is very well written as a summary (better and comprehensive than "The CISSP Prep Guide" by Krutz, et al) with the orignial and critical sources. My delight and best part of this book: for each topic the author kindly provides the web sites (for further study and reading).

    CISSP test is very general (generic, and not for a specific product or service) and thus a frustration. But that is what CISSP is about. For professional and marketable working knowledge, use this book as a framework, along with many other good books such as (1) Incident Response (by Mandia & Prosise) and (2) Hacking Exposed (2nd ed, by Scambray, McClure, Kurtz) or (3) Maximum Security (3rd ed, Anonymous), or (4) Counter Hack by Stoudis, to supplement the reading and case study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE definative CISSP study guide
    I've read most of the CISSP books out currently. The SRV books, Exam cram, prep guide, secured computing, and the first two infosecurity management handbooks. Out of all of them, this book is by far my favorite.

    Shon Harris presents the information in very easy to understand terms and uses vivid analogies which helped me retain more of the information. With the other books I found the reading quite dry and often caught myself losing focus. The All-In-One book was much easier to digest. Those of you who have read Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies should have a good idea on the writers style.

    Despite Amazon's information, this book comes in at 924 pages from the front to the glossary. While Chapter 12, Operations Security ends around page 840, there are almost 100 additionaly pages of interesting and relevant information. For the price I definately think this is the best buy around.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best could be better, easily
    This book, along with the CISSP Exam Prep Guide by Kurtz and Vines, provided me a great deal of insight into the 10 domains of computer security and it was instrumental in assisting me to pass the CISSP exam on the first try.

    No book alone can inform a candidate to the level of familiarity with this topic needed to pass this very broadly scoped exam. But, this book helped me put my 20+ years of IS experience into perspective from the point of view of the ten domains of computer security. It helped provide the context and framework for organizing and thinking about the issues, helped to sort-out and standardize my terminology, informed me in some areas where I was weak and provided pointers to additional resources to supplement my understanding.

    This book was helpful in spite of considerable shortcomings, including errors of fact, errors in logic, and an appalling number of typographical errors that must reflect a rush to publish and a lack of interest in quality control. Errors of fact included erroneous definitions of important terms, e.g., MTTR - improperly defined as the mean time between repairs rather than the mean time to repair. Some sample questions at the chapter ends included duplicate answers, and offered wrong answers as correct ones. While this occurred infrequently, it shouldn't happen at all. Without prior knowledge, the reader wouldn't know what was true and what was in error. The book was laced with exasperatingly trite examples that distracted from the theme development in the chapters. Moreover, many of the book's sections were far too wordy and could have been distilled or provided as an appendix for those who are interested in the tutorial material, e.g., over 150 pages on the telecom and security domain alone.

    The sample test S/W included informative questions, but was unwieldy, error-filled and did not permit the user to suspend the exercise until later nor did it provide for printing the Q&A's in any useful way.

    All in all I believe the book was a considerable help to me. If you can get by the multiplicity of errors and deal with the frustrating sample test software, it could be a helpful tool in preparing for the CISSP exam.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good CISSP reference.
    Good reference for CISSP. Easily comprehensible material.

    BTW, curious to know, has anybody taken CISSP exam, and not passed?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for General Knowledge, Bad for Exam
    I read this book and almost memorized it. I found it to be way to detailed for the CISSP. The CISSP poses questions that are vague and open to interpretation. If you are studying to pass the CISSP, you should probably use the book published by ISC2 (located on their Web site.) ... Read more

    10. Apple Training Series : Mac OS X Tiger (Apple Training)
    by Robin Williams
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    Asin: 0321330226
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 271078
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    If you want to tame Mac OS X Tiger, but you want to do so in the comfort of your own home, this Apple-certified guide makes it possible! Now you can use the same curriculum that Apple uses at its own stores and training centers, but at your own pace and in front of your own computer! Best-selling author Robin Williams uses her trademark friendly teaching style to reveal exactly what you want to know: What's new in Tiger, what's great about it, and how can you get the most out of it fast! Focused lessons take you step-by-step through practical, real-world projects that teach Mac OS X Tiger inside and out. Covers everything from upgrading your Mac to Tiger and customizing and troubleshooting your system to all of Tiger's new goodies: configuring the spoken-user interface, audio and video messaging with multiple people at once, a Dashboard full of Widgets, the innovative Spotlight Search system, the enhanced Safari RSS browser, and more. ... Read more

    11. Beyond Bullet Points: Using MicrosoftPowerPointto Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
    by Cliff Atkinson
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    Asin: 0735620520
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-02)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 1167
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not only Beyond Bullet Points...Beyond PowerPoint too!
    Caution!The information presented in this book has applications far beyond PowerPoint.If you read this book you may find yourself inspired to think outside of the "text" box.You may think of innovative ways to use this information to become a better salesperson, a better organizer or a better communicator in general.

    At least, that was my experience.

    I recently used the principles in Cliff's book to organize the 3-year cirriculum for my company's new corporate university.Using the story template ensured that each course was tied to the strategic goals of the company.I just wish I had discovered his book at the beginning of the project!By the way, my "meta-story" template is posted on Cliff's blog at sure to check it out!

    I've also used the story template as a guideline for writing a letter (to convince a client to see something my way) and to structure a talk I gave in church recently.

    I'm even convinced that the principles in this book can be used for non-persuasive presentations (i.e. technical training, informative presentations, etc.) and I plan to prove it.I'm working right now on re-vamping several of my technical training classes using this approach.I've written several of the story templates, and I can already see the improvement!

    Order the book!Visit the blog!Get ready to change the way you communicate!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Not
    For those wanting the add FX to their PP presentations - this isn't the book.The PP stuff is 101 level.For those looking for a format for their presentations - this offers one.Will it fit all, or even most, circumstances?Not in my experience of coaching business presentations for 20 + years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop putting your audience to sleep!
    I can't count the number of boring bullet point presentations I've sat through in my life. Unfortunately, my audiences probably say the same thing! With the help of Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, hopefully my audiences won't have to endure yet another boring bullet point presentation.

    If you are looking for a book to teach you PowerPoint or looking to transform yourself into a PowerPoint "power user" look elsewhere. If you want to learn to develop effective presentations that engage your audience and not put them to sleep, Beyond Bullet Points is a great book.

    The book presents Cliff Atkinson's three step approach to presentations: Focus, Clarify and Engage. The method is based on story telling with a few twists to compensate for the complex nature of presentations.

    Chapter 1 starts with a fictional presentation which the book will transform from a boring bullet pointed presentation to one that engages the audience.

    Chapter 2-3 (focus) guides the reader as Cliff describes the process of writing the script for the new presentation.

    Chapter 4-6 (clarify) builds upon the previous chapters as the reader is guided through the process of clarifying the presentation's ideas.

    Chapter 7 lays out the groundwork to create an engaging script that will certainly bring life to your presentation.

    Appendix A summarizes Richard Mayer's excellent research on multimedia learning.

    Appendix B discusses Cliff's excellent tool, Beyond Bullet Points Storyboard Formatter.

    While PowerPoint is used as the tool in presenting Cliff's idea of storyboarded presentations, the concept is certainly beneficial to anyone that uses alternate tools.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has transformed my business
    I am a professional speaker and workshop leader. People have always told me I am good. But now I look at my presentations and think, "I cannot believe I used to present this garbage and people responded." The ideas I got from this book have completely transformed my business.

    That may sound like a lofty claim but let me explain. I have never met Cliff Atkinson. Didn't know him from "Boo" before a month or two ago. I saw Cliff's book mentioned on a blog I read and began reading some of his posts. They were very useful and had a lot of great ideas. When this book was released, Cliff made an offer to do a makeover on a few presentations so that he could publically show people the results on his blog and in the discussion forum on his book site. When I saw that, I jumped at the chance.

    My sales presentation drives the majority of my revenue. Why wouldn't I? If I could make it better, great. If I didn't like the result, I could always stick with what I had been doing.

    Like it? Wow! The transformation has been amazing! You can see for yourself. Go to his blog and you can see my entire makeover process or you can see just a few before and afters in some of Cliff's blog posts. Look for Kim's makeover. I think you will agree the difference is truly amazing.

    But it didn't stop there. What Cliff is really teaching is a structure for presenting information. Storytelling is one of the most powerful communication tools out there. I was a good story teller - but my stories weren't tight. They were not concise. The Beyond Bullet Point approach gives my audience exactly what they need to keep them interested and answer their questions - no more, no less. It puts you in their shoes.

    I took Cliff's story structure and began to apply it in other areas. I have not only put it to work in other presentations, I tried a little experiment. I wrote one of my sixty second radio spots using Act 1 of Cliff's story structure. It began airing this week and right out of the gate it looks like it may be one of the best pulling ads I have ever run.

    But it didn't stop there either. I have been working with an ad agency to develop a positioning statement (some would call it a tag line) and a jingle. We had been going back and forth on the positioning statement. Nothing popped. After I finished the story template I used for the sixty second spot, I sent it over to the creative guy at the ad agency and we instantly knew we had a positioning statement. It came naturally right out of Cliff's story structure.

    So that is my story. I have never posted a review on Amazon before. I am an avid reader but I have no time to post reviews. For this book, I made time. I give this book my highest recommendation, which I will also do to readers of my newsletters and blog. I hope it is as powerful for you as it was for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book teaches some essential writing skills!
    This book is the most pragmatic book on developing presentations, not just PowerPoint presos. It borrows from the craft of Hollywood that knows how to capture our attention, keep us entertained and influence us in more ways than we realize. The book is based on proven techniques used by the greatest storytellers for centuries and the author has boiled this down into a few principles that are easy to remember and use.

    I have already employed the techniques and I see a huge difference; my colleagues say so! Get this book and you will be guided to think a lot more critically about your audience, your message and more importantly your desired outcome. The Word template provided at the author's website is an awesome power tool, once you understand the concepts. ... Read more

    12. Excel 2003 Bible
    by John Walkenbach
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    Asin: 0764539671
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 2428
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    * The most comprehensive guidebook available on the most popular spreadsheet program, fully updated to include all-new "X" features
    * Written by the leading Excel guru known as "Mr. Spreadsheet," John Walkenbach, who has written more than thirty books and 300 articles on related topics and maintains the popular Spreadsheet Page at
    * The definitive reference book for beginning to advanced users, featuring expert advice and hundreds of examples, tips, techniques, shortcuts, work-arounds, and more
    * Covers expanded use of XML and Web services to facilitate data reporting, analysis, importing, and exporting information
    * Explores Excel programming for those who want advanced information
    * CD-ROM includes all templates and worksheets used in the book, as well as sample chapters from all Wiley Office "X" related Bibles and useful third party software, including John Walkenbach's Power Utility Pak
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a Reference...
    The book is really a Bible... A lot of useful information for people that are beginning to use this spreadsheet. I also believe that this book could be a great asset for those who have a good understanding of the tool. It's easier to find a solution in the book's index than looking for it on the help feature of the software. I really have to recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Guide for Advanced and Simple Applications
    I usually avoid books about Microsoft software because I can usually muddle through and figure out what I want to do. If in doubt, I seek out a twelve-year-old who knows the answers. But this week I had a desire to create a unique chart for a client, and decided to see if Excel would help me make the chart. I had the good fortune to run across Excel 2003 Bible at the library, and took it home to skim. Within 45 minutes I had all the answers to my questions, and found a way to create a better chart than I had originally planned to make. That was well worth my time. I'm sure that I would never have found the alternatives on my own that the book pointed me to.

    Intrigued by the help I got, I went back and read the simple sections as well. I was impressed by how thorough all of the material is. You are given many different ways to accomplish the same task, along with the pros and cons of why to go one way versus another. I also appreciated the many graphics in the book to show what the screens look like.

    The book is also backed up with a CD to run simulations and a web site where you can get more help.

    If you think you may ever want to do advanced applications of Excel, I strongly encourage you to read this book. I particularly liked the charting and analysis sections.

    As I finished this book, I realized that I usually employ Excel to get tasks done faster . . . and hadn't given much thought to how to complete them better. I suspect that much data could be made more usable and valuable for me and others if I think about how to employ all of Excel's tools in advance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Walkenbach show you how to make the most out of Excel!
    Walkenbach's Web site is awesome ( should check it out! But I still find just about every one of his Excel books too valuable to pass up. This one is perfect...but I also love Excel 2003 Formulas. Office 2003's XML capabilities really intrigued me, and the Excel 2003 Bible didn't disappoint in helping me find out what this mean for me and my business. Walkenbach just shows how to make the most out of Excel more than any author I've been able to find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Material
    Purchased the Excel 2003 Bible to brush up on my spreadsheet skills. It covers everything from the basics to advanced in an easy to read format which is easy to understand. Also comes with an eBook on CD that I have used more than the paperback. Quick information at the click of the mouse. Superb. ... Read more

    13. Linux Kernel Development (2nd Edition)
    by Robert Love
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    Asin: 0672327201
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-12)
    Publisher: Novell Press
    Sales Rank: 2590
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    The Linux kernel is one of the most important and far-reaching open-source projects. That is why Novell Press is excited to bring you the second edition of Linux Kernel Development, Robert Love's widely acclaimed insider's look at the Linux kernel. This authoritative, practical guide helps developers better understand the Linux kernel through updated coverage of all the major subsystems as well as new features associated with the Linux 2.6 kernel. You'll be able to take an in-depth look at Linux kernel from both a theoretical and an applied perspective as you cover a wide range of topics, including algorithms, system call interface, paging strategies and kernel synchronization. Get the top information right from the source in Linux Kernel Development.

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    14. C++ Primer (4th Edition)
    by Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
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    Asin: 0201721481
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-14)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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    This new edition of C++ Primer, a favorite choice for a first C++ book, has been greatly improved with the latest and greatest on C++, stressing the built-in language features of the C++ Standard Library. For this new version--weighing in at a massive 1,237 pages--Stanley Lippman, a well-known C++ expert, teams up with Josée Lajoie, who has helped define the C++ international language standard. The new material is excellent for programmers who want to get the most out of new and advanced features in the language.

    The authors still introduce the basics of C++, including data types and pointers, but quickly move on to stress how to get the most out of the built-in features of ISO-standard C++. Throughout this book built-in support for the C++ Standard Library, such as container classes like vectors and maps, and other standard features, such as the string class, are integrated into a tried-and- proven basic-language tutorial.

    The major new features of C++ (templates, name spaces, and run-time type identification) all get their due. The result is an authoritative guide to basic and advanced C++ in a clear and readable style, with plenty of short, practical examples throughout the text. The book includes exercises--some quite challenging--for every section: a perfect choice both for self-study and the classroom. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

    15. The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition
    by Lora D. Delwiche, Susan J. Slaughter
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    Asin: 1590473337
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: SAS Publishing
    Sales Rank: 9696
    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    Getting started with SAS is easy with The Little SAS Book. This friendly, easy-to-read guide gently introduces you to the most commonly used features of SAS software plus a whole lot more! The book has been revised to include concepts of the Output Delivery System; the STYLE= option in the PRINT, REPORT and TABULATE procedures; ODS HTML, RTF, PRINTER, and OUTPUT destinations; PROC REPORT; more on PROC TABULATE; exporting data;the colon modifier for informats.

    You'll find clear and concise explanations of basic SAS concepts (such as DATA and PROC steps), inputting data, modifying and combining data sets, summarizing and presenting data, basic statistical procedures, and debugging SAS programs.

    Each topic is presented in a self-contained two-page layout complete with examples and graphics. This format enables new users to get up and running quickly, while the examples allow you to type in the program and see it work! ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars For absolute beginners
    I own almost every introductory book on SAS in print, and this one is used the least. The most use it gets is when someone who has absolutely no experience with SAS comes to me for help - then I can loan this book. It is very easy to read and assumes no knowledge of SAS. It has a few tips that are hard to find in other books at this level, but otherwise falls short.

    What you will find here is a tutorial on the basics of the SAS/Base package, how to read in data, and a few basic procedures. It covers this material well, but it is not enough unless you are taking a course and have another resource such as lecture notes to do anything really useful. It does not really cover SAS/Stat. I have used the book as the text in a course I taught, as supplementary to my lecture notes. If I taught the same course again, I would choose a different book, such as Cody. The Little SAS Book is a nice book to get started, but will not be the only book you need.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you use SAS, BUY THIS BOOK!
    This is a great book for beginners as well as for, contrary to the opinions of some of the other reviews, more advanced SAS users/programmers. I've done a lot of SAS programming and have access to the big and expensive technical manuals on SAS as well as other books on SAS programming. Despite having access to massive tomes on SAS, I almost ALWAYS turn to the Little SAS Book, 2nd ed., when I start programming. Let me put it another way: If I was stranded on a desert island and, for some bizarre reason needed to do SAS programming, had to take along one book on SAS, I would choose the Little SAS Book over any of the bigger manuals and books on SAS.

    By the way, while this book has not been updated since 1996, from my experience, it still works very well with the latest SAS version (ver. 8). Hopefully, the authors will come out with a 3rd edition.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Totally Awful - Do not purchase!
    In both my undergraduate and graduate university career, I would rarely sell my old textbooks after I had completed a class. I usually beleived that I would need to refer back to the text if I wanted to apply what I learned in class at a later date. This book was the one notable exception. It was sold the day the class that required it ended. It is too simplistic and too full of fluff to be at all useful. It may provide someone with enough information to complete a project/assignement for a very basic class, but is not advanced enough to be useful to someone in a real world situation. In fact, if the authors were a little more efficent all the material in the book could be covered in about 10 pages. As an alternative, I would recommend SAS Programming by Example by Cody and Pass. That book assumes no previous knowledge of SAS and is appropriate for beginners. However, it has a lot more substance than The Little SAS Book.

    Also, such a "little" book is not worth $30. Unfortunately, SAS has always charged top dollar for its products and most of the books about SAS are expensive as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Quick reference book & beginner's guide
    This book works with all versions of SAS and I found it a useful reference. It explains to you how to enter and manipulate your datasets in SAS. Also brief description of PROCs and options with each PROC. Each topic is in a separate page and all contained in about 2 pages at the most. So do not expect so much details on these procedure but if you happened to forget a syntax line, grab this book's index and the reminder is there for you. I recommend it to all SAS users.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for beginners
    This is a must have for beginners. I work in a firm where even the experts refer to this book from time to time. This book is not intended to explore advanced topics for the advanced user, but I promise that it will provide a great foundation for new users ... Read more

    16. Guild Wars : Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
    by Prima Temp
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    Asin: 0761548904
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-07)
    Publisher: Prima Games
    Sales Rank: 529
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    17. Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit: Special Promotion Edition
    by Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
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    Asin: 0735614717
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 880
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    A powerhouse, seven-volume reference providing information and tools for managing and optimizing Windows Server 2003—straight from the Microsoft Windows product team. ... Read more

    18. Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
    by Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
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    Asin: 0471056693
    Catlog: Book (2000-10)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 41994
    Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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    The first edition, published in 1973, has become a classic reference in the field. Now with the second edition, readers will find information on key new topics such as neural networks and statistical pattern recognition, the theory of machine learning, and the theory of invariances. Also included are worked examples, comparisons between different methods, extensive graphics, expanded exercises and computer project topics. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Duda, Hart and Stork's "Pattern Recognition"
    The original book by Duda and Hart has been the bible of the machine learning community. In recent years there has been a spate of books aspiring to that mantle. For the most part, these have suffered from being too close to the subject of statistical inference in its current incarnation. One suspects they will quickly grow dated, as the current machine learning fads-du-jour pass.

    In contrast, the revised version of the book, ably sheparded by David Stork, stays true to the vision of the original. It elaborates the fundamental issues underlying machine learning in a clear manner, with a keen eye for the broad perspective. The reader should be aware though that in order to make the text extremely accessible, some of it is misleadingly simplified, and some crucial references are left out.

    The book is clearly written, and should be understandable by any technically trained undergraduate or graduate student. All in all, a joy to have on one's shelf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars not exactly a revision
    The 1973 book by Duda and Hart was a classic. It surveyed the literature on pattern classification and scene analysis and provided the practitioner with wonderful insight and exposition of the subject. In the intervening 28 years the field has exploded and there has been an enormous increase in technical approaches and applications.

    With this in mind the authors and their new coauthor David Stork go about the task of providing a revision. True to the goals of the original the authors undertake to describe pattern recognition under a variety of topics and with several available methods to cover each topic. Important new areas are covered and old but now deemed less significant are dropped. Advances in statistical computing and computing in general also dictate the topics. So although the authors are the same and the title is almost the same (note that scene analysis is dropped from the title) it is more like an entirely new book on the subject rthan a revision of the old. For a revision, I would expect to see mostly the same chapters with the same titles and only a few new chapters along with expansion of old chapters.

    Although I view this as a new book, that is not necessarily bad. In fact it may be viewed as a strength of the book. It maintains the style and clarity of the original that we all loved but represents the state-of-the-art in pattern recognition at the beginning of the 21st Century.

    The original had some very nice pictures. I liked some of them so much that I used them with permission in the section on classification error rate estimation in my bootstrap book. This edition goes much further with beautiful graphics including many nice three-dimensional color pictures like the one on the cover page.

    The standard classical material is covered in the first five chapters with new material included (e.g. the EM algorithm and hidden markov models in Chapter 3). Chapter 6 covers multilayer neural networks (a totally new area). Nonmetric methods including decision trees and the CART methodology are covered in Chapter 8. Each chapter has a large number of relevant references and many homework exercises and computer exercises.

    Chapter 9 is "Algorithm-Independent Machine Learning" and it includes the wonderful "No Free Lunch" theorem (Theorem 9.1), a discussion of the minimum desciption length principle, overfitting issues and Occam's razor, bias - variance tradeoffs,resampling method for estimation and classifier evaluation, and ideas about combining classifiers.

    Chapter 10 is on unsurpervised learning and clustering. In addition to the traditional techniques covered in the first edition the authors include the many advances in mixture models.

    I was particularly interested in that part of Chapter 9. There is good coverage of the topics and they provide a number of good references. However, I was a bit disappointed with the cursory treatment of bootstrap estimation of classification accuracy (section 9.6.3 on pages 485 - 486). I particularly disagree with the simplistic statement "In practice, the high computational complexity of bootstrap estimation of classifier accuracy is rarely worth possible improvements in that estimate (Section 9.5.1)". On the other hand, the book is one of the first to cover the newer and also promising resampling approaches called "Bagging" and "Boosting" that these authors seem to favor.

    Davison and Hinkley's bootstrap text is mentioned for its practical applications and guidance for bootstrapping. The authors overlook Shao and Tu which offers more in the way of guidance. Also my book provides some guidance for error rate estimation but is overlooked.

    My book also illustrate the limitations of the bootstrap. Phil Good's book provides guidance and is mentioned by the authors. But his book is very superficial and overgeneralized with respect to guiding practitioners. For these reasons I held back my enthusiasm and only gave this text four stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Text and Reference Tool
    If you think that some method such as SVM is the "holy grail" of machine learning and pattern recognition and are interested only in an in-depth coverage of that specific tool, this book is not for you. If, however, you want to understand the basic concepts and methods employed by a broad range of researchers and scientists, I highly recommend buying it.

    The book covers a broad range of topics in pattern recognition. Its explanations are lucid, and its illustrations are helpful. The book is well-written and well-organized. When using this book as part of a low-level graduate course, I was not particularly impressed. Recently, however, I have found myself frequently going back to the book to refresh my understanding of the basic idea of some topic. I recommend PC as a companion text for a course in pattern recognition. I also recommend purchasing the book for private use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Pattern Recognition
    This book is full of useful algorithms, as well as the theory behind them. The explanations are good, although they sometimes require reading them several times to fully grip what is going on and why it works (but this is the case with many useful algorithms). This is a must-have for pattern rec work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely The Best
    Everything You ever want to know about the subject for intermediate .
    Handbook of industries methods and algorithms for advanced .
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    19. CISA Exam Cram 2 : Certified Information Systems Auditor
    by Allen Keele, Keith Mortier
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    Asin: 0789732726
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-16)
    Publisher: Que
    Sales Rank: 885013
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    Want an affordable yet innovative approach to studying for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) 2005 exam? CISA 2005 Exam Cram 2 is your solution. You will have the essential material for passing the CISA 2005 exam right at your fingertips. All exam objectives are covered and you'll find practice exams, exam alerts, notes, tips and cautions to help guide you through your exam preparation. A CD also provides you with a video introduction to the exam and complete explanations of answers to the practice questions from Certified Tech Trainers (CTT). As a special bonus, you will receive $75 in discounts on CTT products and services. For your smartest, most efficient way to get certified, choose CISA 2005 Exam Cram 2.

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    20. Newton's Telecom Dictionary, 21st Edition: Covering Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technology, The Internet, Fiber Optics, RFID, Wireless, and VoIP
    by Harry Newton
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    Asin: 1578203155
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
    Publisher: CMP Books
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    This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 675,000 copies sold. Featuring 500 new terms plus hundreds more updated and expanded entries, the 21st edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT dictionary, and includes wireless, broadband, VoIP, RFID, and fiber optics terms.

    Packed with over 22,400 definitions, it explains technical concepts in non-technical language that anyone can understand. It's used by more leading technology companies for training and employee orientation than any other text.

    Four bonus sections include: Harry Newton's favorite money-saving tips for telecom, computing, and more; what happens when telecom services are suddenly free?—a vision for this business in the 21st century; how you should orient your precious telecom budget in today's tight times; disaster recovery planning to protect your computing and telecom resources.

    Most dictionaries are updated every ten to twenty years. Not this one. Newton updates this dictionary every day and issues a new, expanded, improved and updated edition every ear. This edition is current as of Spring 2005.
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