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    1. 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
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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


    2. C++ Primer (4th Edition)
    by Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
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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


    3. Mastering Windows Server 2003
    by Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
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    Asin: 0782141307
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-07)
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    If you're a current or aspiring Windows administrator or consultant, look no further than Mastering Windows Server 2003 for the in-depth, comprehensive, unbiased, and highly readable (some would even say entertaining) coverage readers have come to expect from the leading Windows authority, Mark Minasi. Building on the solid foundation established over years of working with and writing on Windows products, Mark Minasi takes you where few have ventured within Windows Server 2003, Microsoft's flagship network operating system that provides a solution for file and printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized desktop application deployment, and rich collaboration between businesses, employees, and customers. Anyone evaluating or planning a deployment of .NET Server will benefit immeasurably from Mark Minasi's detailed discussion of Windows Server 2003 installation, configuration, and essential operations. Mark Minasi is a regular keynote speaker at major IT conferences across the country. His training seminars sell out months in advance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THEE Windows Server 2003 Manual
    This book more than met my need for learning Windows Server 2003. Our non-profit was looking to migrate from NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003, this book helped us plan it and execute it flawlessly. What is really helpful is all the examples of common mistakes so that I could avoid them. In this field there is little time to learn a new technology but this book made it possible for me to do so. The text is easy to read and in fact fun. Mark keeps it quite humorous yet focused. It is as though he is sitting there guiding you through all the steps. I also have his Windows XP Professional book and highly recommend it as well. It is a necessary part of any network administrators library, even replacing the ones you get from Microsoft.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Mark Minasi!!!
    This book is just amazing! As someone who is fairly new to administering Windows 2003 (um, and Windows 2000 and Active Directory), it has proved to be a GODSEND! This is THE book that I grab everytime I need to learn how to set something up. Mark has this incredible ability to feel like he is right in the room with me, looking over my shoulder. His explanations are great. And, I for one, am glad that I get LOTS of pages for my money. I didn't know the first thing about DNS, Active Directory or Windows 2000/2003 Server when I picked up this book and now my test domains are simply humming along. I picked this book up in a bookstore after reading bits and pieces at the bookshelf. I came out to the Amazon site to get the ISBN number for a colleague when I read some of the reviews. You guys are crazy. I've read a ton of technical books and none of them come close to this one, in terms of what you get for the money. And why on earth would you think that you should be able to print from the CD? What's the copyright good for, if I could print a copy out for all of my friends. I'm sure it took a lot of effort to write this book and I, for one, am willing to pay for it. I'm sold. Thanks Mark. You made my life much easier.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good
    I have Minasi's Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 Mastering books. I would recommend Mastering Windows 2003 to most but I would also recommend Windows Server 2003 Inside Out. Having both books is a Godsend. Windows Server 2003 Inside Out has become my goto book for the indepth stuff especially monitoring, maintenance, Active Directory, networking, printing. Inside Out has the best coverage of DNS, DHCP, and TCP/IP. Mastering is still my goto book when I have to deal with Mac to Windows support or Unix to Windows issues or NetWare to Windows. Mastering is good for issues with older OSs like connectivity to Windows for Workgroup clients.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best
    If you can read and understand this book, you know 2003 period!!! Don't let the bad reviews about the humor distract you. Yes IT is a serious business, but to say that humor in IT or in an IT book is unwarranted is just obsurd. If you are in this business with no sense of humor, well I sure hope we never cross paths.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you only want to buy ONE win server book, buy this one.
    Definately, outstanding book. I'm a Microsoft MVP on Windows and I think this book helped me a lot.

    When you read some other Windows Server books, you may find boring. That's normal because technical books are not stories. But, learn windows server by reading this book will not feel boring. It's not only a great book on technical view, but also a very interesting book.

    If you want to buy ONLY ONE windows server 2003 book, buy this one! ... Read more


    4. Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
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    Asin: 0596006187
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Photoshop is an essential, powerful, and sometimes a befuddling tool. Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One clears the fog, taking you from graphics newbie to Photoshop warrior, under the watchful, easygoing guidance of Photoshop master Deke McClelland. This full-color book, accompanied by nearly two hours of video tutorials on CD, is an up close and personal training experience. Deke's classroom approach takes you step by step through real-world projects that help you gain Photoshop proficiency. Along the way, you'll get a good dose of graphics theory, best practices, and tips for avoiding Photoshop disasters.This one-of-a-kind approach fills a gap in the available literature and delivers a unique learning experience. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars O'Reiley Grand Slam!
    I've been entertaining Photoshop "how-to" books since the big old "Classroom In a Book" version 3 and can only say that now I'm just as excited about Photoshop as when I got that first tutorial book. I've been through a lot of them since then, and nothing has ever done as much justice to this awesome program as Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One! Some of the things covered I knew, but the way those famliar things are unveiled are once again motivational. Not to mention the things I didn't know about. Software upgrades happen quite frequently, and at times we need upgrading as well. You owe it to yourself, if you are the least bit serious about this app, to work with it and reap the rewards for doing so.
    O'Reiley - (hint-hint) the one-on one series could be a good thing for numerous titles and series, I think. By series, I mean - - (for example) CSS One-on-One (beginner to intermediate), CSS One-on-One (intermediate to advanced), etc. Same thing with Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash etc. BUT ONLY IF - they are done with the same care, authority, and visually supportive print work, organization and attention to detail as Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One!
    Anyway, that's my review, way to go Deke! I'm in love with Photoshop once again!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
    I'm not sure if I can add much to the positive reviews so far. This is an excellent text - do yourself a favor and read all the reviews.

    For me, I really appreciated the sidebars and "Pearls of Wisdom" scattered throughout the text. In these, the author gives quick insights like; why one tool works better than another or a keystroke reminder or a technical definition.

    This book does much more than just tell you how to do something, it also explains why your image changes when using the various tools. In other words, it goes beyond just getting you from A to B. There are a million different ways to get from A to B in Photoshop, so it's nice to learn a few new ones to add to my current Photoshop knowledge.

    I use Photoshop basically for two things. Fixing up photos I've taken with my digital camera or scanned in from the family archives and creating images for my personal web site. I found the chapters about highlights, midtones, and shadows and color correction invaluable, especially when trying to fix up some old color pictures of the family from '70s. =)

    Excellent book, visually pleasing, highly recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best guide to Photoshop on the market
    O'Reilly has a knack of publishing really excellent computer books, and this knack is continued with Adobe Photoshop CS one-on-one. The book is published with colour examples throughout, and the author, Deke McCelland, also presents an included CD of video tutorials. These complement the book superbly.

    The author covers the major features in Photoshop, but usefully also explains when you should you a specific feature rather than another one. For example, he usefully suggests that the 'Brightness/Contrast...' option can result in pretty awful results, and explains how to change brightness and contrast in a more satisfactory way. The result is that anyone with this book will quickly move from being an amateur user of Photoshop who just gets by, to being an expert who knows how to get the very best results.

    The book is very practical, and not a dry run-through of the toolbox. McClelland uses examples - like removing scratches from a scanned image or improving the focus of a photograph - that may well make the reader load up their own pictures half way through a chapter to experiment. The text is very readable, and broken up well with headings.

    This is quite possibily the best guide to Photoshop on the market. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful and useful book...
    To say I am "graphically challenged" would be an understatement. For whatever reason, I just have a hard time envisioning what I can do with images and colors. To help solve that issue, I got a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS one-on-one by Deke McClelland. In short, this book is packed.

    The book is organized into the following 12 lessons: Open and Organize; Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows; Correcting Color Balance; Making Selections; Crop, Straighten, and Size; Paint, Edit, and Heal; Creating and Applying Masks; Adjusting Focus; Building Layered Compositions; Text and Shapes; Layer Styles and Adjustments; and Printing and Output.

    Each lesson starts out with an "About This Lesson" page, which gives you an idea of what you're going to cover. It ends with a "What Did You Learn?" exercise where you match the concept with the description. And in between is the excellent material on how to do what it is that's being covered. Interspersed throughout the text are "Pearls Of Wisdom" which are short 5 to 10 line sidebars that explain a concept or a slant on the material that you may not have realized. And McClelland doesn't just explain how to do things, either. He goes into the concepts behind how graphics and color work, such as how to read a histogram or the difference between 8 vs. 16 bits per channel. So when you get done with the book, you should have a greater understanding and appreciation for the art of graphical manipulation.

    But you're not done yet. The book comes with a CD that includes video lessons that follow along with the book, as well as the files you'll need to do the exercises. Unlike most CDs that are included in a book, this is one that actually enhances the value of the material instead of just allowing the publisher or author to charge more for stuff you may never look at.

    On the aesthetic side of things, the book is really stunning. High-quality paper and beautiful colors on the examples. The only flaw I can mention is that my copy must have gotten a bad batch of paper at the printers. A small number of pages are flawed (ingrained folds) and a couple of the graphic screen shots are blurred to the point of not being able to read the text. Even with that, there is nothing that takes away from the usefulness and quality of this effort.

    If you use Photoshop and want to learn how to utilize it to the fullest, you owe it to yourself to check out this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Basic photoshop use from end to end
    This book is organized as lesson plans, which is great if you like that sort of thing. I don't, so while I will try to be fair I am a little biased.

    Lesson plans aside I would say the book is a cut above the average. It gives ample space to the philosophy and doesn't just concentrate on technique. There is value in understanding why something works and not just the key combinations.

    There are lots of helpful hits. The examples images are great. Though some turn out a little cheezy after too much digital work. The chapters are pretty consistent throughout, no one topic stands out as either getting too much attention or too little.

    If you want a book on basic Photoshop use from end-to-end you should seriously consider this one. There are lots of books on Photoshop out there, but this one has O'Reilly's attention to detail, fine writing and editing. ... Read more


    5. Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
    by Charles Petzold
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    Asin: 157231995X
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-11)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 15279
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    "Look it up in Petzold" remains the decisive last word in answering questions about Windows development. And in PROGRAMMING WINDOWS, FIFTH EDITION, the esteemed Windows Pioneer Award winner revises his classic text with authoritative coverage of the latest versions of the Windows operating system—once again drilling down to the essential API heart of Win32 programming. Topics include:• The basics—input, output, dialog boxes• An introduction to Unicode• Graphics—drawing, text and fonts, bitmaps and metafiles• The kernel and the printer• Sound and music• Dynamic-link libraries• Multitasking and multithreading• The Multiple-Document Interface• Programming for the Internet and intranetsPacked as always with definitive examples, this newest Petzold delivers the ultimate sourcebook and tutorial for Windows programmers at all levels working with Microsoft® Windows 95, Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT®. No aspiring or experienced developer can afford to be without it.An electronic version of this book is available on the companion CD. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid book on windows programming
    This book is excellent for learning windows programming. To the reviewer who complains about no c++ examples, the author clearly states in the first few pages of the book that his intention is to give an understanding of windows programming based on C and the underlying win32 API, which is the fundamental knowledge required for windows programming. Other OO architectures such as MFC can be very useful but hide from the programmer many details which can be important for someone trying to learn how windows programs work. Also, the complaint about no asserts in the book .. well, again, the author mentions in the book that he left them out (in most places) because it makes code less readable, and students are less likely to read and understand a long program full of error checking.

    Be warned, this book is huge, 1500 pages. Its not a book for those looking for a quick introduction to windows programming. Its intended to give an in-depth knowledge of windows programming and it does a very good job at that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book on the Win32 API
    This book is great for anyone who wants to learn Windows programming using its native API. It is very readable and requires only a basic knowledge of C, so it is an excellent tutorial for beginners, but there is enough meat in it that it is quite useful for advanced programmers as well. The author explains everything clearly, thoroughly, and accurately. The numerous example programs he uses to illustrate his concepts are well-written and free of bugs.

    The book is peppered with occasional historical asides. If you can't stand historical asides, you may be frustrated, but it's understandable that a guy who's been programming Windows for 15 years will have a few stories to tell.

    The book has excellent, awesome, unbeatable, all-that-almost-anybody-would-ever-need coverage of: window procedures and messages, keyboard and mouse input, fonts and character sets/Unicode, the GDI (including mapping modes and metafiles), dialog boxes and child/MDI windows, palettes and bitmaps of all kinds, menus and resources, timers, and printing.

    The book has very good coverage, without going into the really advanced details, of: DLLs, multithreading, MIDI and wave audio, Winsock, and internet functions.

    Notable omissions are: registry functions, file I/O, COM/OLE/ActiveX controls, Setup applications, the Shell (links, namespace extensions, screen savers, WinHelp), and the common controls (toolbars, sliders, tree views, property sheets/wizards, list views and header controls).

    Despite its omissions, this book is well worth its money for anyone who wants to learn (or learn more) about the Windows API.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is what you are looking for.
    This is an absolutely golden book. Don't be intimidated by the page count or the title - this book is actually a very easy to use ground up tutorial in Win32 programming. He starts out talking about the basics and then slowly moves into more advanced topics.

    As always it's important to know what a book is NOT. This book is not a tutorial for writing windows applications, nor does it discuss MFC or most of the common methods used today for rapidly producing computer programs. This is not REALLY a reference book on win32 either.

    Instead it provides a tutorial-style documentation for the monstrous win32 API at its most fundamental levels. This book sets the standard for all other code written for any modern version of windows. It addresses real world issues and real world solutions to those problems (such as the chapter dedicated to making unicode friendly programs), as well as some historical issues (the difference between wParam and lParam).

    No manual is without its flaws. This book is a bit too braod spectrum in the detail levels. There are places in the book where he will delve into details that you could care less about, and there are points that he will put in two or three sentences and assume you understand, although you may not.

    Despite this, this book is essential to everyone writing code for Microsoft Windows (ANY version). You needn't read it cover to cover, but readiny section I (about 1/3 of the book) is essential. My one wish is that this book came in three volumes, if you haul it between home and school/office it gets to be buronsome. That's about all I can really complain about with this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars outdated
    This book will be outdated soon, wait for the 6th edition. There are also much more concise books on the market that teach windows programming.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A bit out-dated, Wait for a newer edition
    I think this is a excellent book if you want to learn Windows 98 programming. I think the book is not worth $40 because the book is 6 years old, and the material you learn will be outdated soon. Since Microsoft is going to release Windows Longhorn which will include Avalon, the book will slowly become obsolete. I suggest waiting for the sixth edition that will most likely be released when Windows Longhorn is released. ... Read more


    6. Programming C#
    by Jesse Liberty
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    Asin: 0596006993
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
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    Jesse Liberty's Programming C# provides an adept andextremely well conceived guide to the C# language and is written forthe developer with some previous C++, Java, and/or Visual Basicexperience.

    It's no secret that many computer books are pretty muchdevoid of an authorial personality. This title is a winning exception.The author is able to weave in clever examples (using such topics ashis own long experience in computing, his dog, Star Trek, etc.)without being coy or getting in the way of presenting real technicalinformation. Liberty's wide experience in computers and general writingskill shows, as he is able to draw on a wealth of examples to move histext forward.

    These are a couple of goals at work in ProgrammingC#. First, it's an excellent language tutorial, certainly one ofthe smartest and best available guides to C# as a language. Earlychapters explore basic and obscure language options using inheritance,delegation, interface, and the conventions in C# used to implementthese techniques. The middle part of the book turns toward the .NETFramework itself, with two useful (and somewhat introductory) chapterson both Windows Forms and Web Forms, for standalone and Web-basedapplications, respectively.

    Later sections crank up the technicalknowledge again with several advanced topics on understanding .NETassemblies and deployment in detail, as well as "reflection" APIs thatallow .NET programs to essentially modify their code at run time. (Onetechnique, reflection emit, which literally writes bytecodes, willdefinitely interest expert readers, though it's unlikely mostprogrammers will need to do this.) Final sections look at the .NETstream classes (rivaled only by Java's for complexity). Liberty looksat basic file and network I/O as well as how objects get serialized andmarshaled both for SOAP and Web services and "normal" .NETremoting.

    The author's sure hand here in navigating the difficultwaters of C# and .NET makes for a relatively concise text that ischock-full of useful information on C#. Filled with notably clever andinventive examples, this book is possibly this veteran computerauthor's best title to date, and it's sure to be a noteworthy resourceas experienced developers tackle C# for the first time. --RichardDragan

    Topics covered:

    • Introduction to C# and the .NET platform
    • A "Hello World" example in C#
    • Tutorial to C# as an object-oriented programming language (typesand variables, operators, namespaces, and preprocessor directives)
    • Defining classes in C# (including static members, finalizers,overloading, and read-only fields)
    • Inheritance and polymorphism implemented in C#
    • Operator overloading
    • Structures in C#, interfaces, arrays, and indexers
    • Built-in .NET collections, strings, and regular expression support
    • Structured exception handling
    • Delegate and events
    • Introduction to programming with Windows Forms
    • ADO.NET database APIs (including basic XML support)
    • Quick introduction to Web Forms and ASP.NET used with C#
    • Introduction to Web services (SOAP, WSDL, and Discover servicesdescribed)
    • In-depth guide to .NET assemblies (including metadata, versioning,private and shared assemblies)
    • C# support for attributes and reflection (including reflection emittechniques)
    • Marshaling and remoting (with and without SOAP)
    • Threads and synchronization
    • Tutorial to C#/.NET streams (including basic I/O techniques, Webstreams, and serialization)
    • COM and .NET interoperability
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    7. Design Patterns
    by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
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    Asin: 0201633612
    Catlog: Book (1995-01-15)
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    Design Patterns is a modern classic in the literature of object-oriented development, offering timeless and elegant solutions to common problems in software design. It describes patterns for managing object creation, composing objects into larger structures, and coordinating control flow between objects. The book provides numerous examples where using composition rather than inheritance can improve the reusability and flexibility of code. Note, though, that it's not a tutorial but a catalog that you can use to find an object-oriented design pattern that's appropriate for the needs of your particular application--a selection for virtuoso programmers who appreciate (or require) consistent, well-engineered object-oriented designs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, and still applies
    This book helps those less-experienced with OO design to see the true power of OOD, most notably polymorphism and decoupling. I thought I understood before, but I now have a much better understanding of the usefulness of interfaces and upcasting, and why composition is often a better solution than implementation inheritance.

    I chose to read this book while I was learning Java. For me, it worked well to read one pattern per day and try to get the most out of it. Reading several patterns back to back will likely get exhausting for most. The presentation of the book is very conceptual and academic. Even ten pages of reading may fill your head for a while. So be warned that you will not likely knock this one out in a couple sittings!

    This book also provides the reader an education on the importance of patterns in general. Although the current world of web services and stateless objects will deemphasize the usefulness of some of these "classic" patterns, the IDEAS layed out in this book (interfaces, layers of indirection, etc.) will hopefully help all of us discover next generation of patterns.

    My only wish is that they would come out with a new edition of this book that:

    a) Documents code in Java (those not knowing C++/Smalltalk may struggle)

    b) Chooses less technical examples (e.g., a pattern demonstrated on a payroll application instead of a compiler subsystem)

    c) Updates to the current version of UML (although the current modeled documentation is not bad)

    d) Provides new patterns that help people with wireless, Internet, web services, stateless objects, etc.

    e) Changes the tone to be a little less academic (this is really just a nitpick)

    All in all, this was a very useful book and was worth the brain strain it required to read and grasp it's concepts. It has aged well despite being written prior to the WWW becoming a household word.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All programmers should read this book
    Design Patterns
    This book is a classic computer science text. This is probably the one computer book that every computer programmer and software developer should read. It will definately have an immediate impact on the code you write. Unlike most computer books, which have a shelf measured in months, this book has lasted the test of time, and will likely be relavent for many years. (At least as long as object-oriented programming languages are used!)
    This book uses C++ and Smalltalk to code the examples, but don't worry about that. There are plenty of books that are basically "rewrites" of this book using Java or other langauges, but it doesn't matter what language your programming. I recommend this book over any other patterns book because these guys invented the subject. The patters can be programmed in any language, and you don't have to be a C++ or Smalltalk expert to understand them.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fall asleep while reading this book
    There is nothing new here for an experienced developer. It MAY be useful for fresh graduates but I am not sure. It would be more appropriate for designers to come up with real patterns that solve real problems, not just follow patterns stated in this book, which are mostly over-kill or far away from real world. Can't understand why so many people gave it high ratings, and even more people talking about patterns with so much proud.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Changes The Way You Think
    After a few years of OOP, a co-worker of mine suggested I read this book. After glancing through it for a few minutes I knew this book was full of content that would make me a better problem solver. Without even knowing it, I was using patterns explained in this book. By reading this book though, I was able to make my problem solving skills better. I looked at writing software a whole different way after reading this book. For example, the "Proxy" helped me make sense ofo the NSProxy class in AppKit, and as a result I was able to make better sense of distributed objects. Anyone who does any sort of software development NEEDS this book. I recommend having two, one for the office and one for home! :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will change the wake you develop software
    When I first saw this in the bookstore, I didn't really know what to make of it. Intending only to glance quickly through it, I found myself immersed in the new and exciting world of design patterns.

    The first 70 pages or so of the book take you through the creation of MS Word type of word processor showing you the patterns used to achieve its design. The rest of the book serves as a reference for the 24 design patterns, and includes small examples, as well consequences of each pattern.

    If you have not yet studied design patterns, then I suggest you begin with this book. You can not survive in a true development environment without them. ... Read more


    8. Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
    by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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    Asin: 0131483986
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-04)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 40905
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    The Deitels' groundbreaking How to Program series offers unparalleled breadth and depth of programming concepts and intermediate-level topics for further study. The books in this series feature hundreds of complete, working programs with thousands of lines of code. This edition is completely up-to-date with The Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.5. Now includes topics such as autoboxing, enumerations, enhanced for loops, static import statements, variable-length argument lists, and much more. Presents each new concept in the context of a complete, working program, immediately followed by one or more windows showing the program's input/output dialog. Enhances the Live-Code Approach with syntax coloring. Provides Helpful Programming Tips, all marked by icons: Good Programming Practices, Common Programming Errors, Error-Prevention Tips, Performance Tips, Portability Tips, Software Engineering Observations, Look and Feel Observations. Includes CD-ROM with every book that contains JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.5, Netbeans, Apache Tomcat, JCreator LE version, jEdit, jGRASP, BlueJ, MySQL, source code for all the book's examples, and Hyperlinks to valuable Java demos and Internet resources. A valuable reference for programmers and anyone interested in learning the Java programming language.

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    9. iMovie HD & iDVD 5 : The Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596100337
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1174
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The latest versions of iMovie HD and iDVD 5 are, by far, the most robust moviemaking applications available to consumers today. But whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker eager to take advantage of the full capabilities of these applications, don't count on Apple documentation to make the cut. You need iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, the objective authority on iMovie HD and iDVD 5.

    Even if you own a previous version of iMovie, the new feature-rich iMovie HD may well be impossible to resist. This video editing program now enables users to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of HDV camcorders, along with standard DV and the MPEG-4 video format. iMovie HD also includes "Magic iMovie" for making finished movies automatically. The feature does everything in one step--imports video into separate clips and adds titles, transitions, and music. The finished video is then ready for iDVD 5, which now includes 15 new themes with animated drop zones that can display video clips across DVD menus, just like the latest Hollywood DVDs.

    This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue not only details every step of iMovie HD video production--from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs--but provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.

    iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual includes expert techniques and tricks for:

    • Capturing quality footage (including tips on composition, lighting, and even special-event filming)
    • Building your movie track, incorporating transitions and special effects, and adding narration, music, and sound
    • Working with picture files and QuickTime movies
    • Reaching your intended audience by exporting to tape, transferring iMovie to QuickTime, burning QuickTime-Movie CDs, and putting movies on the Web (and even on your cell phone!)
    • Using iDVD 5 to stylize and burn your DVD creation
    iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual--it's your moviemaking-made-easy guide. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Like the new iPhoto 5 Missing Manual, this one is in full color as well.

    What I liked best about this book is that it spends a majority of the time discussing how to take better shots, how to give the editing a more polished look, and generally how to improve your finished product.Along with showing you how to use iMovie, the book goes over when and why (or why not!) to use the varioustransitions and special effects.Always with an eye toward "professional techniques".

    All told, a must have book on iMovie HD.

    One thing I was looking for but couldn't find was some discussion on iMovie HD vs Final Cut Express HD - what the differences are, why I would use one or the other, when to upgrade advice, etc.

    Oh, yeah - the information on iDVD is also great - plenty of tips and tricks on getting the most out of iDVD.Once you get great looking movies, iDVD makes putting together a great looking DVD a snap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent technical and content coverage
    This is an excellent guide to both of these applications. What I find particularly appealing is that the book doesn't just concentrate on the tech. It also teaches you about how to shoot good video and edit it well. So you can learn both the technique and the technology from a single source. That's the way it should be, and it's what makes this book so different from the rest.

    Of course all of the basics are covered. The graphics are possibly a little overused. But that's ok for a walkthrough book. The use color throughout certainly adds to the appeal. The writing is solid. It's not so funny as to be distracting or too clinical as to be dry.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very refined product
    The prolific David Pogue has come out with another book. This one explaining iMovie HD and iDVD, while supposedly bemoaning the lack of an official Apple printed manual. He goes into how Apple offers a very affordable digital movie editor to the general public. Not as intricate as Avid and its ilk, but far less expensive. En passant, iMovie (and this book) is another testament to the continued efficacy of Moore's Law, as massive functionalities become available at ever lower prices.

    iMovie is rather refined. Even in little things like how it periodically touches base with Apple's website, looking for a newer version of itself. If it finds such, then it offers you the choice of letting it download and install that version. For those of you who have struggled with finding out about, getting and installing other software updates, then you can appreciate this feature of iMovie.

    Sometimes though, Pogue lets slip a remark that may totally bemuse a non-American reader. As when he describes that iSight as being the size of a Hostess Ho-Ho. Come again? Someone reading this book in Chennai or Wuhan will be befuddled by this piquant Americanism.

    iMovie is shown in the text to be easy to use. At least after you have read the book. But there is one trait that Pogue accurately calls a blessing and a curse. Emptying the trash might not free up any space?! If it has portions of clips, but not the entire clips. This is one of those features that can cause much gnashing of teeth. ... Read more


    10. C++ How to Program (5th Edition) (How to Program)
    by Harvey & Paul) Deitel & Associates
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    Asin: 0131857576
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 5863
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    With over 250,000 sold, Harvey and Paul Deitel's C++ How to Program is the world's best-selling introduction to C++ programming. Now, this classic has been thoroughly updated! The Deitels' groundbreaking How to Program series offers unparalleled breadth and depth of programming concepts and intermediate-level topics for further study. The books in this series feature hundreds of complete, working programs with thousands of lines of code. Deitels' C++ How to Program is the most comprehensive, practical introduction to C++ ever published-with hundreds of hands-on exercises, roughly 250 complete programs written and documented for easy learning, and exceptional insight into good programming practices, maximizing performance, avoiding errors, debugging, and testing. The updated Fifth Edition now includes a new early classes pedagogy-classes and objects are introduced in Chapter 3 and used throughout the book as appropriate. The new edition uses string and vector classes to make earlier examples more object-oriented. Large chapters are broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces. A new OOD/UML ATM case study replaces the elevator case study of previous editions, and UML in the OOD/UML case study and elsewhere in the book has been upgraded to UML 2. The Fifth Edition features new mini case studies (e.g., GradeBook and Time classes). An employee hierarchy replaces Point/Circle/Cylinder to introduce inheritance and polymorphism. Additional enhancements include tuned treatment of exception handling, new “Using the Debugger”material and a new "Before You Begin" section to help readers get set up properly. Also included are separate chapters on recursion and searching/sorting. The Fifth Edition retains every key concept and technique ANSI C++ developers need to master: control statements, functions, arrays, pointers and strings, classes and data abstraction, operator overloading, inheritance, virtual functions, polymorphism, I/O, templates, exception handling, file processing, data structures, and more. It also includes a detailed introduction to Standard Template Library (STL) containers, container adapters, algorithms, and iterators. The accompanying CD-ROM includes all the source code from the book. A valuable reference for programmers and anyone interested in learning the C++ programming language and object-oriented development in C++.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars C++ How to Program
    Your teaching material is fantastic!I have used it many times.Even difficult concepts are explained in a manner that is easy to understand.In addition, it is very through, well written.Your materials makes my job so much easier, the instructional slides are awesome!


    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent C++ book
    I used this book for a course in C++ programming. I was more or less a beginner in programming and I found this book to be extremely user oriented and friendly to master the concepts. There are not only lots of examples but also lot of explanation therein. For intermediate programmers, perhaps the book may seem verbose but beginners will really enjoy it. Each chapter also had "Common Programming Errors", "Performance Tips" and "Software Engineering Observation" which I felt was really cool. I focused on "Common Programming Errors" section to make sure that I avoid pitfalls. Using UML diagrams consistently throughout the book made it very easy to understand some complicated concepts. Overall I am very satisfied with this book and I give it 5 stars. If you are a beginner and need to learn C++ quickly and thoroughly, look no further!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a well written C++ programming book.
    In the past I found myself wanting to learn C++ and have succomed to the "Learn C++ in X amount of day's/hours" trap.I was left with a shaky understanding of the fundamentals, and the barest of introduction's to object oriented concepts (which is essential to the understanding of C++.)How to Program C++ 5/e on the other hand left me with a thourough understanding of the material and gave me wonderfully thought out exercises at the end of each chapter which cemented the concepts in my memory.Many of the exercises were so interesting that I found myself spending far too much time experimenting with different ways of solving a problem, instead of reading the next chapter.There are lots of C++ programming books out there that promise to teach you this complex programming language in just a few days.Save yourself the time and money and stick with the best, Deitel & Deitel.I know you will be glad you did.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Rather lengthy and verbose for introducing concepts
    While the book may be about the only game in town for learning C++ the authors have a tendency to present lengthy sample programs with a lot of other things going on besides the concept they are trying to demonstrate. The best way to learn programming is to do programming but the first examples should be very short,very concise, and to the point. The introductory examples should distill out any non-pertinent information which makes this book a difficult read at times.

    A good way to learn is to actually type in the code without just pasting it from the CD. Many of the intro examples in the book are several pages long and discourage the reader from making the attempt.

    We use the book in a class I am taking but the instructor gives short, concise, (AND EFFECTIVE) sample programs to introduce concepts. This has proven to be very effective in learning the many facets of thingslike pointers. This book jumps right into the thick of things and its hard to see the point of things. Because of this we RARELY use the text in class and rather build upon the code samples presented in class. Students tend to use the book as a reference, not as a primary source.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Updated c++ necessity
    I've bought so many c++ books in the past.Mainly, they were old, decrepid old pieces of work that I found onlinein order to save money.Granted, I did learn c++ (and well I might add), but my biggest problem starting off was using an up-to-date compiler with older c++ programs.

    There were little things that would set me off, because I was new to programming altogether, and I had no idea why the source code wasn't working.However, with this book, it has examples for

    visual studio.net 2003

    edition, and is fully recognizably the best book for the best compiler.

    This book was worth every cent, and, trust me, I'd rather pay 80 dollars anyday and get something that workds rather than spending hours trying to figure out why a program isn't working.Fantastic job Dietels! ... Read more


    11. iPhoto 5: Missing Manual
    by David Pogue, Derrick Story
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0596100345
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-25)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1239
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Our Missing Manual is hands-down the bestselling book on iPhoto. And now, updated to cover Apple's newest release, iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual comes fully loaded--and in full color--so you can exercise all the power, flexibility, and creativity of the stunning new iPhoto 5.

    Some of iPhoto 5's fifty new features are tiny nips and tucks, such as menu rewordings, quiet refinements, and secret keystrokes that take most people days to stumble through. Others are big-ticket overhauls aimed at both power users (RAW-file import and editing, color correction sliders, real-time histogram) and everyday shutterbugs (nested file folders, individual-photo control in slideshows, and a completely rewritten book-layout kit). Additional improvements include a robust search feature (similar to that of iTunes) and the addition of "objects" for slideshow and book projects (using objects, you can manipulate images without affecting pictures in your master library).

    iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual covers them all with the scrupulous objectivity, clever wit, and technical wisdom you count on from David Pogue along with the Mac and digital photography expertise of Derrick Story.

    Their authoritative guide starts out with a crash course on digital photography, complete with tutorials on buying a digital camera, composing brilliant photos in various situations (including sports photography, portraits, nighttime photography--even kid photography!) and making digital movies. iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual then launches into every detail of iPhoto, from camera-meets-Mac basics to storing, searching, and editing; from sharing your digital photography with the world (via customized slideshows--complete with iTunes soundtrack, if you like--prints, photo books, email, the Web, and even your network) to exporting to QuickTime and iDVD. And don't forget iPhoto "stunts," such as building custom screen savers and desktop backdrops; exporting pictures; making the most of plug-ins, add-ons, and beef-ups; using AppleScript; and managing files with backups, CDs, and photo libraries.

    iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual gives you everything you need to become the digital photographer extraordinaire you want to be. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid iPhoto walkthrough
    This is a solid book on iPhoto that walks through all of the basics, and throws in a few advanced tips. What I particularly like are the sections that cover how to take better photos in the first place and the sections that cover basic digital photography. That's important because the photography is an end-to-end process where iPhoto is just a piece.

    Excellent use of images and screenshots. Solid writing a good production value. Highly recommended for people looking to make iPhoto a central part of their digital photography workflow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars iPhoto 5 The Missing manual
    The book is a voluminous compendium which is at the same time concise in its handling of individual topics. I'm sure it will answer every question you could possibly have about iPhoto. The included Applescript Tricks are a super bonus - especially the one to Do Photoshop Action. At this price it's a no brainer.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very handy for the amateur photographer
    Well, if you aren't a professional photographer, then you're an amateur one (or possibly, as my wife likes to remind me, an immature one).I'm assuming if you're thinking of picking up this book it is because you've already got iPhoto 5 and are a little mystified by some of the features.I've been using iPhoto from the beginning and it only gets better - as well as more complicated - with each release.

    If you don't already have a book on iPhoto - this is the one to get.I have the iPhoto 4 Missing Manual (and love it) as well - if you're still using iPhoto 4, you can still get this book as 90% of the information is still relevant.This book takes all the great stuff from the previous edition, adds color (that's reason enough to get this book, in my opinion) and goes into detail on the new features of iPhoto 5.

    The book goes beyond just a "how to" on iPhoto.It spends a few chapters going over digital cameras and the basics of taking good pictures.The information on iPhoto covers details that will satisfy both the beginner and advanced user.From simply importing and arranging your pictures to using AppleScript, iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual is hard to beat.

    4-0 out of 5 stars broader scope than Photoshop
    Catching the wave! As digital cameras and cameraphones have become common, so too has the need to handle an ever increasing inventory of photos. Which is why Apple offers iPhoto 5. The book shows how Apple has refined iPhoto into a coherent and easily used package.

    There are tips on taking these digital photos and for editing a photo with various enhancements. But of the book's 14 chapters, only one is on actual editing. These capabilities of iPhoto are adequate, but clearly inferior to Photoshop. iPhoto's emphasis is different. It focuses more on handling or managing large numbers of photos. Especially in making your own website of these. Plus doing the printing of photos.

    You have to admire Apple for what they've done here. Adobe's Photoshop dominates digital image editing. But rather than trying to fruitlessly match Photoshop, feature for feature, Apple broadened the scope of digital image usages to include the above tasks, and then went after a new customer base. Where Photoshop had no dominance. ... Read more


    12. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596006152
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Pogue Press
    Sales Rank: 672
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    With new material on practically every page, the latest update of David Pogue's best-selling title offers a wealth of detail on the all of the changes in Apple's Mac OS X 10.3, aka "Panther". Written with humor and technical insight characteristic of the Missing Manual series, the new edition covers everything from the all-new Finder to iChat AV--Apple's exciting tool for video conferencing. The book also deals with features under the hood, such as the Terminal and networking tools. Pogue, the renowned New York Times computer columnist, tackles his subject with scrupulous objectivity--revealing which new features work well and which do not. An authoritative book that will appeal to novices and experienced users alike. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Writing
    This is the third iteration of "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual", by David Pogue. It updates the contents to cover the new features and elements of OS 10.3, known as "Panther" which is touted as having 150 new features. I've already described the previous editions as representing the best of software manual writing and this edition continues that excellence.

    The format, structure, and graphical features are the same as the earlier editions, although this volume is a bit larger, at 763 pages, including index. All the important and most popular features of Panther are covered comprehensively, including the new Sidebar navigation feature, the Exposé application "launcher", FileVault encryption, the return of the Labels feature, and fast-user switching. The new applications are covered here also, like the built-in fax program, iChat AV, and the Font Book font manager.

    Pogue is best when he provides power-user tips and discloses hidden or little-known features of Panther. The nearly-obscure ColorSync control panel now illustrates gamut spaces in color profiles, for example, and he describes "Pixlet", a new video codec which is a lossless highly efficient video compression tool (supposedly designed for use by Pixar employees and associates only).

    Other little-known tidbits include descriptions and insights to some of the Developer tools on the XCode Tools CD . There is an OSX version of Simple Text which includes a sound-record feature, not available anywhere else in Panther or in OSX applications, with the exception of iMovie. A special feature is the addition of mini-manuals on Safari and the iLife applications - iMovie, iPhoto, iChat, and iTunes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pogue delivers again
    If you have read any of the Missing Manual book series, particularly ones by David Pogue (on OSX 10.1&2, iMovie, iPhoto, Switching to the Mac), you might expect this OS X Panther Edition to cover all aspects of Apple's newest operating system in depth, to offer plenty of tips not only about what the system and its programs do but why you might want to use them, to provide tips about undocumented features, to suggest additional resources including books, web sites, and news groups, and to employ a writing style that is clear and humorous without being condescending or smug. That's a lot to ask of any book, let alone a computer manual. Pogue delivers all of it. Maybe that's why he's "the #1 bestselling Macintosh author" (back cover). In fact, if all you want to know is whether to buy this book--and you do need a manual if you expect to learn how best to use your Mac--, here's the answer: yes.

    Here's a short list of reasons you'll want this book. Apple claims Panther has 150 new features, but Pogue says this is actually an undercount (2), and says about his book there's not "a single page that hasn't changed since the last edition" (7), which covered 10.1 and 10.2. While reading the book, I marked over 50 new features that are important to my workstyle, but in the interests of brevity, these are the ones most likely to appeal to all users. Panther has a new sidebar to complement the dock (18-20); Filevault can encrypt and decrypt your account transparently (363-66); window management is much easier with Exposé (124-28); servers and shared folders--even from PCs--appear automatically in the sidebar (18, 22, 397); Safari is improved and installed as the default browser (640-51); Text Edit can open and save Microsoft Word format, though not footnotes, unfortunately (311); Image Capture can work over a network, and can control scanners and web cams (275-76); Preview works much faster and can search and copy text from PDF files AND can open raw Postscript files, which means they can be saved as PDFs that can be printed at clear resolutions on cheapo inkjet printers (297, 435); print dialog boxes now offer saving as pure Postscript (427); color labels for files/folders are back from OS 9 (74); all menus, dialog boxes, and the dock now can be controlled from the keyboard (18, 138); Digital Color Meter can grab color values from images and web pages (316); Font Book allows you to form sets that you can turn on and off as needed (436-42); the calculator finally acquires scientific capabilities, a "paper" tape, and performs conversions (263, 331); Disk Utility now offers the option to clone a hard drive--good news for people in charge of Mac labs (317-18), and it can burn multiple sessions on a CD (340); faxing is now built in (431-35); GIMP-Print is included, a Unix collection of print drivers for scads of older printers (421); Virtual Private Networking to connect to corporate networks is much improved; Mail has at least nine major improvements, including seamless cooperation with Microsoft's Exchange Server; iChatAV is free along with a free iChatAV account at .Mac is (615-16).

    Oh, and the default volume format for hard drives is journaled (692) for better troubleshooting, and for security Panther redoes group designations for user accounts (407, 511) and adds a master password that sits between administrator privileges and root (365, 376). If anything in that last sentence is foreign to you, that's another reason to buy this book. Also, Panther permits scheduling of print jobs (427)--a big boon on networks--and of unattended startup and shutdown (241). It even includes the ability to Zip and unZip files (94), and to clone your .Mac iDisk on your hard drive (564) for greater speed. Overall, it's also faster than previous versions.

    The book now contains mini-manuals for iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes, even though the Missing Manual series has book treatments of each. Of course, the Panther book skips all the tips, tricks, and resources for these programs, but it has enough to get you going successfully. And the appendixes include installation (A), troubleshooting (B), and "secret keystroke list" (F).

    Also, the book is fun to read. Pogue's style faintly resembles that of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry. For example, in his discussion of AppleScript Studio (216), his aside is "ASS for short--how did that one get past Marketing?"

    All is not perfect, however. Grammar snafus occur about one per 100 pages (!) and of five factual errors, only one (583) is really confusing because it refers to a picture that doesn't exist in the text (although what you're supposed to see has just been explained clearly). And two discussions confused me: about Firewire networks (390ff) and about command-line (Unix) file searching (518). But another benefit of the Missing Manual series is that once I've reported these miscues to Pogue, they'll be incorporated into subsequent printings of the book. Pogue pledges (9) to keep the book current with Apple's continuing updates of 10.3 (this printing [11] covers through 10.3.2), and to keep errata lists--along with much of the software mentioned in the book--on the website (www.missingmanuals.com). My previous experience with six other books in this series suggests that Pogue will indeed keep book and web site updated.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I would actually give more than 5 stars for this!
    You know what? English is not my first language, but I speak it fluently. For people like me it is quite annoying when the writer is using "synonyms" option in their word processing program every time just to look coooool... Here:
    1. When I saw this book I said when I opened the package - "Oh my God!" It was huge!
    2. I opened it, and instantly felt a deep feeling of appreciation for an ease of use. David - thank you for valuing MY TIME!
    3. It is funny in many places! What a relief!! Entertaining and useful at the same time.
    4. It explains everything! C'mon! I was reading some picture manual recently and it was really hard! I got lost after Chapter 1 (with all cool looking pictures around)...
    5. Just buy it - trust me, it's worth every dollar you invest.
    And finally....
    Mac Rules!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Easy to Understand Computer Book
    I reference this book again and again, in fact it's been able to answer all the questions I've had with Panther. If only I had found out about this book as soon as my Dad upgraded my iBook, it would have saved many a headache!

    My problem with most computer "how to" books is that I either can't understand them or they are written for "dummys". This book, however, is written in an easy to follow style and uses simple language.

    I recommend this book to anyone who has upgraded to Panther, is thinking of upgrading to Panther, or may some day in the future upgrade to Panther. It's just that good!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another home run from David Pogue
    I'm pretty experienced with OS X, but I knew there were a lot of changes with Panther, so I figured this book was a good buy. I've read previous "Missing Manual" stuff by Pogue (as well as some of his other books) and went into this one expecting no less.

    And I was not disappointed.

    I've been using Panther now since November, and picked up this book at the same time. And it still sits on my desk as a reference, because I haven't been able to commit all the tips and help to memory. This is also a pretty good book for users new to OS X, but as an experienced user, Pogue points out all the little tips and tricks that make OS X a dream to use. ... Read more


    13. C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
    by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
    list price: $92.00
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    Asin: 0130384747
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-12)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 16078
    Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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    With nearly 250,000 sold, Harvey and Paul Deitel'sC++ How to Programis the world's best-selling introduction to C++ programming. Now, this classic has been thoroughly updated! The authors have given this edition a general tune-up of object-oriented programming presentation. The new Fourth Edition has a new code-highlighting style that uses an alternate background color to focus the reader on new code elements in a program. The Deitels' C++ How to Program is the most comprehensive, practical introduction to C++ ever published -- with hundreds of hands-on exercises, roughly 250 complete programs written and documented for easy learning, and exceptional insight into good programming practices, maximizing performance, avoiding errors, debugging, and testing. This new Fourth Edition has an upgraded OOD/UML case to latest UML standard, as well as significant improvements to exception handling and operator overloading chapters. Features enhanced treatment of strings and arrays as objects earlier in the book using standard C++ classes, string and vector. The Fourth Edition retains every key concept and technique ANSI C++ developers need to master: control structures, functions, arrays, pointers and strings, classes and data abstraction, operator overloading, inheritance, virtual functions, polymorphism, I/O, templates, exception handling, file processing, data structures, and more. It also includes a detailed introduction to Standard Template Library (STL) containers, container adapters, algorithms, and iterators. The accompanying CD-ROM includes all the code from the book as well as essential software for learning C++. For anyone who wants to learn C++, improve their existing C++ skills, and master object-oriented development with C++. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE book for learning C++ programming.
    First thing I noticed was code examples. I cannot tell you how much easier this will make it for novice programmers to have the color coding. It makes deciphering [what I'm sure for them is alien text] so much easier. Next, the focus on Object Orientation at the end of each chapter is a crucial element most other titles leave out. Most C++ books teach you the syntax, but not the design procedure. This is akin to being taught how to make a brick, but not how to build a house. The information here is presented in a clear, systematic fashion. There is some C coding presented, but this is not made the focus of the text. Last, but certainly not least, the freebie Visual Studio is a nice touch, since this is such a popular compiler, get familiar w/ its enviornment, and some of the other cooler features it offers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best C++ book ever written!
    Quite possibly the absolute best C++ book ever!

    The book covers everything from the very simplest concepts (starting off with the standard "Hello World"-type program that explains that statements must end with semicolons, the use of curly braces, that every program starts execution at the main function, and so on) up to topics such as templates, pure virtual functions, polymorphism via base class pointers to derived classes, structured exception handling, and more.

    One of the best things about this book is that it EXPLICITLY teaches you good programming practices, all the way through. Some C++ books meant for beginners try to teach you the language and don't even bother to try to teach you how to write programs correctly. Not this book. Time after time they tell you the proper method of writing code, as well as explaining why it should be done that way.

    Also, the authors practice what they teach (and preach). For example, chapter "X" explains how to create templates, then when chapter "Y" creates a generic data structure, like a stack or queue, the authors do so using templates. Some other books teach you something in one chapter and then seem to forget it even exists.

    Also, at least the version I have, comes with a Visual C++ 6.0 compiler (its a learning edition or something, not the full version. But who would expect that anyway?).

    It's a pretty hefty price compared to many other C++ books. But, not trying to sound too much like an "infomercial", this is probably the only text you will ever need for C++ programming. So you save money by buying this one text instead of buying two or three that each does only a part of what this book does.

    Oh, let me clarify something. This book does a pretty comprehensive coverage of ANSI/ISO Standard C++, the subject of the book. It does not teach C++ .NET (but, the same authors do have another book for that!).

    Finally, I ran across this book when tutoring someone in a college C++ programming course. So even university professors recognize the worth of the text.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The clearest reference I know
    This book is well organized, and gives clear, readable descriptions of the whole C++ language - and that covers a lot of area.

    There's a lot of thud factor here, well over 1K pages. A lot of that is taken up with sample code and with programming advice that seems to help beginners. If you just want a language handbook, that's way more than you need or want. I tolerate it, though, because of the clarity of the rest of the presentation.

    (If my emphasis on clarity seems excessive, that's because you haven't experienced Stroustrup's "stream of conciousness" style.)

    This book gives only minimal and incidental descriptions of the standard C/C++ libraries, the STL, and all the other necessaries of the C++ world. Well, you can't have everything. Not if you want to be able to lift the book, too. This picks a topics and covers it - you'll need additional references for the rest.

    This does what I want: it gives me the language, all of it, without requiring a linear search through the whole text. Until I find something better, I'll use this for my C++ reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I have 5 books on C++, but this was by far the best. It was easy to understand, clearly written, and very thorough. Each time a question started forming in my mind, I'd find the answer in the next sentence or paragraph. No book will ever be a "one stop shop", but this one comes pretty close. If you need to teach your self C++, I'd highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good place to start.
    I used this book for my first college programming class and still use it as a reference today. It starts with basic procedural programming and quickly introduces objected oriented programming with an interesting elevator simulation. It provides full programming examples unlike many other text books. The colorful code highlights and icon coded notes enhance learning and make this book a joy to use. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn C++.
    I have only one beef with this book. The binding doesn't hold up well to constant use. I have large sections of pages falling out of my copy. To be fair, I have used this book a lot, but I have also tried to take good care of it to no avail. At this price, I think Dietel should provide a hardcover with a solid binding. ... Read more


    14. HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
    by Elizabeth Castro
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    Asin: 0321130073
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-17)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
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    It's important for anyone who creates Web sites--even those who rely on powerful editors like Dreamweaver or GoLive--to know HTML. The World Wide Web Consortium rewrote HTML as a subset of XML (dubbing it "XHTML 1.0") and the allowable code will eventually be stricter. Tags that are being phased out are labeled "deprecated"--current browsers can still handle them, but if you want your site to keep up with future browsers, not to mention conform to accessibility requirements, you will want to get on top of XHTML.

    Of course, Elizabeth Castro manages to write books that not only speak to those who are already fluent in HTML, but are good for newbies too. She makes it a breeze to create sites that are visually stylish and technically sophisticated without the expense of buying an editor.

    Among the topics covered in her new book, HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: using the (relatively newer) structural tags (like doctype and div); correctly using older tags (like p and img) that have been modified in XHTML; writing XHTML so that formatting is done by the style sheets; writing those style sheets (cascading style sheets, a.k.a. "CSS"); creating a variety of layouts; and dealing with tables, frames, forms, multimedia, a bit of JavaScript (including mouseovers), WML (for mobile device displays), debugging, publishing, and publicizing your site.

    As with all Visual QuickStart Guides, this one features clear and concise instructionsside by side with well-captioned illustrations and screen shots that show both the source code and the resulting effect on the Web page. The index is extremely detailed, making this a great reference.

    Also great for reference are the outstanding appendices. The first is an extensive list of tags and attributes, indicating which are deprecated and/or proprietary and on which page they are discussed. A similar appendix shows CSS properties and values; given the future of Web coding, this chart alone is worth the price of the book. Other handy charts cover intrinsic events, symbols and character Unicodes, and an expanded color chart that goes way beyond the virtually archaicWeb-safe palette. All of which makes this a definite must-have for every Web designer's bookshelf.--Angelynn Grant ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Really is a Visual Quickstart Guide
    This HTML guide is one of the best programming books I have been so fortunate to purchase. Within a day, I was able to write simple HTML to create my own pages. As a web-consultant, I keep this book in my briefcase as I often use the book as a resource during prototyping so that I can develop effective web pages for my clients.

    So many programming books have are difficult to read or are poorly written. Many times the author doesn't pay very close attention to the examples in the text so when one attempts to follow the examples the code is simply wrong. This is NOT the case with this book. The examples are easy to follow and you walk through each example step by step.

    The book is an excellent primer for those new to programming and HTML. The book provides many code samples whether it's developing forms, or writing basic pages or even learning how to create tables. One of my favorite features of the book is that Appendix D lists all of the tags with cross-references to the full code examples in the book! This is a valuable resource in and of itself.

    If you're new to programming and the web and you want to take the first step and learn HTML, this book is a great resource.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Beginners!
    I knew *nothing* about HTML and making web pages before I bought this book. Within just a day or 2 I had some simple pages up. A few weeks later I had a nice family site up and running, along with a few sites for friends.
    This book covers everything you need to know to make simple web pages. Unfortunately it doesn't help you make more dynamic web pages. There's either not much info or no info at all on cgi, javascript, css, or DHTML. This book is pure HTML, which is really all the basic web page builder needs.

    The book is well written and the examples are very easy to follow. I'd recommend this book to EVERY HTML beginner. But if you want more advanced stuff, you'll have to buy another book or 2 after this one.

    - on a side note, I wouldn't recommend the Visual Quickstart Guide: "DHTML and CSS for the world wide web". Most of the examples in there could be accomplished with straight HTML, and a lot of times much more easily.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me survive a college web class
    This book is extremely helpful for those who, like myself, are easily confused and boggled by web help books that assume genius level readers. Using this book as a reference is its most valuable assest to me...it's so easy to look a topic up and find info on it. And the website they give you to see the examples from the book posted live is a big help as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An indispensible reference
    I was just asked what was the most interesting tech-related book I've read in the last year and I had to say it was the 5th edition of Elizabeth Castro's Visual QuickStart Guide to HTML. It might not seem inspiring in and of itself, but it's so good I have a copy at home and at work always within arm's reach of my keyboard. It's brilliantly designed (the format of the Visual Quickstart Guides is excellent), extensively indexed, succinct, readable, reliable about warning of browser quirks and incompatibilities, and best of all, so far as I have seen in the 5th edition, error-free.

    Sometimes simple usability and reliability is better than all the flashy stuff in the world, especially when it makes it easy for you to understand and apply the really huge potential of XHTML and CSS. I recommend it to anyone who writes HTML, particularly those making the transition from HTML 4.0 to XHTML and those learning CSS. What's best about it? You can pick it up, get the answer you need and get on with your web design fast. If you're getting a reference book everything rests on your ability to find the answer and quickly undestand the answer so you can apply it. This book is a stellar example of just that principle.

    For those just learning HTML and CSS you may wish to also use another more wordy guide to get you started, but I suspect this is the one you'll still be using (and continually buying the new edition of) years down the road.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Clear, and easy!
    Let's face it, HTML isn't exactly rocket science. And this book gave it exactly the treatment it deserves: clear, easy to understand examples that show you what to do and what the results will be. If you are looking for a handy reference that won't break the bank or the bookshelf, this is the one. The coverage of CSS and XHTML standards was excellent, allowing me to go from absolutely no knowledge of CSS to writing my websites using style sheets rather than old-school formatting. If you are into the old-school stuff, it's in there for you, as well as a chapter on WML, for all you early adopters out there.
    My only complaint is that sometimes in the CSS chapters it was hard to tell if the code snippets were coming from the style sheet or from the HTML document, but once I got the hang of it that all made more sense. On the whole I would definitely reccomend this book to any beginner or intermediate programmer who wants to learn clean, standards-based (X)HTML. ... Read more


    15. CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition (640-801)
    by Todd Lammle, William Tedder
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    Asin: 0782130372
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 184579
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    Nothing compares to this product's Cisco simulation technology! It gives you the hands-on practice with routers and switches that is critical for your success on the CCNA exam (640-801), without incurring the prohibitive hardware costs. Using the latest drag-and-drop technology, the CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition allows you to create a simulated lab of up to four switches, three routers, and six hosts. You can follow the 84 lab exercises provided or experiment with the hundreds of configuration commands built into the simulator. An extensive help system guides you through complex tasks. Can be used in conjunction with Sybex's best-selling CCNA Study Guide. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not all it's cracked up to be
    As a Cisco Academy student I bought this with the intent to supplement the lab activities and to do labs when lab time was not available. As another reviewer noted, the first thing it asks is if you want to upgrade. I am finishing the second half of the CCNA 1&2 book and this was a help with some of the early labs. As we got further I noted commands missing and not enough hardware can be set up to do the labs. I found the access-list command not working which blew away any ACL labs and practice. It just isn't worth the money for a serious student. I am upgraging to Router Sims NetVis 4.0 (actually the same engine this one uses, this is a scaled down version that Sybex resells). It has all the Cisco Academy semester 2 labs and looks like it covers all the commands. Appears to be a much more comprehensive simulator for about 80 bucks more. See the comparison at their web page.

    This will give you a feel for router configs, but has too many limitations to be more than just a toy. If you are serious about CCNA lab and practice, you will find this lacking very quickly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent simulation tool
    Virtual Lab is far better than any other simulation available in the market. Esp for those who do not have regular access to switches and routers or networks.

    Todd Lamllhe's book and Virtual Lab make a wonderful combination. hope this review helps .

    2-0 out of 5 stars Buy the CCNA Gold Edition Used.
    This product offers nothing of value over the Gold edition except for drag and drop. Creating my first network, I was shocked that I was limited in adding only two switches and three routers. Not much playing around or building with that limitation!

    Todd Lammle, the Gene Simmons of Cisco training material, forces you to upgrade for any additional functionality on this already extremily over priced, very basic program.

    Do yourself a favor and save your money and buy the used Gold version.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfied
    I paid 120 dollars for a product that looks very pretty. But when I install it and try to use all the features, it asks me to upgrade! I use other ccna products and they offer more features for around the same price and don't charge for UPGRADES! Customer Support was not too helpful because they do not offer refunds...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Out There
    This simulation tool is excellent! First you create a network by dragging and dropping devices onto a screen. Then you connect them and then double click any of the devices to pop up a console screen. Then, you go a head and enter your configurations. You are not locked into doing anything. You can follow the labs or do your own thing and create you own network. ... Read more


    16. CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Fifth Edition (640-801)
    by Todd Lammle
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    Asin: 0782143911
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
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    17. Mac OS X : The Missing Manual, Tiger Ed (Missing Manual)
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596009410
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
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    Mac OS X: The Missing Manual ranks among the best books to have at your side as you explore the latest Macintosh operating system as an everyday user who wants to get some work done, have a bit of fun, and feel part of the Mac community. David Pogue--a respected Mac authority and longtime author on the subject--is the perfect guide on such a quest, as his Mac knowledge is profound and his ability to explain facts and procedures considerable. The second edition of this popular book covers Mac OS X 10.2 and all of its many new features, including Sherlock 3, iCal, iSync, and firewalling. There's coverage of .Mac online services, as well.

    Pogue writes really well, so his prose is a treat to read and most readers will appreciate his occasional page-long straight prose passages. More often, though, the wisdom in this book comes in the form of annotated procedures and bulleted lists, as well as notes and tips. There are also two highly handy "Where'd It Go?" glossaries: one for longtime Mac users (this one answers such questions as where the Apple Extras folder is) and one for Windows users (to explain, for example, the equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete on the Mac). Unlike most books about Mac OS X, this one explores itsUNIX-like underpinnings (the Apple implementation is called Darwin) pretty thoroughly. However, based on the logic that if you wanted to use UNIX, you would, Pogue emphasizes the traditional, graphical Mac interface over the Terminal window. If you want an in-depth treatment of Darwin and know something about UNIX already, have a look at Mac OS X for Unix Geeks. --David Wall

    Topics covered: How to use Mac OS X 10.2 and its immediate predecessors. This is a user-level book, concerned with managing files, folders, media, users, and hardware. Lots of attention goes to the operating system's special features, including the "i" series of applications and the .Mac online services. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful book!
    As a student, I often go to college to use computers. Most of computers are Apple computers. Because I was new to MAC OS. I have to look around to find a good book. After I found this book and there is also big discount from couponsky.com, I decide to buy it. After using the book for 6 months, I found it is very helpful. It is a user-level book. It tells me every features and application in MAC OS based computer. I recommend this book to students like me.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pogue's in vogue but aint informed
    I bought this book to help me switch from Winduhs. It's a lotta words and I later read in his New York Times column that he "types" by dictation into .. I think Dragon Naturally Speaking on a Winduhs based machine (uh hu). The book's contents could have been cut down to less than a hundred pages-- but these books are sold by the kilo anyway. He didn't really know the OS he just banged out a quick book to earn ayep a quick buck. I read his "consumer" columns in the NYtimes and find them useful but this book wasn't. Oh yeah and the switch ...... to Mac .... over rated but OK.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for mac owners...
    I switched to Mac OS X from windows and this book was the only reason I stayed! It helped me get a grasp of Mac OS X quickly. It even gives you great tips that will increase your productivity. I used a coupon from UnderTag.com, so it was almost free for me too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Manual for OS X
    I'm a long, long time user of Macintosh computers that finally migrated from OS 9 to OS X (10.2.6) about a year ago.A great OS, stable, feature-filled, and visually attractive but oh so different from the old Mac operating systems!This manual has paid for itself many times over in the last year that I've used it.It's sheer size is daunting but Pogue writes so clearly and the book is so well organized that it is a great resource for both beginners and experienced users. I tried the more basic guides first but they seemed "too cute" or too abbreviated for my taste.I recommend this manualwithout reservation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Mac Convert Finds Most Of My Questions Answered Here
    As a new mac convert who switched from the pc, the mac OS is a totally different environment. I ordered 7 mac books before my new iMac arrived and this is the one along with"Teach Yourself Visually Mac Os Xv.10.3 Panther" that I am able to obtain the most helpful info and answers to my questions from.I am very pleased with both of these books for their thoroughness and ease of use. A mac newbie won't go wrong with both of them(which I recommend),and you will find yourself referring back to them over and over so I suggest you keep them in the vicinity of your computer area! ... Read more


    18. CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
    by Todd Lammle, Sybex
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    Asin: 0782143148
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-14)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 14260
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This Deluxe Edition of Sybex's best-selling CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide has been revised and expanded for the new exam (640-801). Offering an extensive set of exam preparation tools, this Deluxe Edition now includes the CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition on CD, which simulates a network environment consisting of 4 routers, 2 switches, and 4 hosts (a $150 US retail value!). The book's second CD contains an advanced testing engine with all chapter review questions and eight challenging bonus exams, plus 500 flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices. Also includes the entire book in PDF! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Sir, teacher of all teachers in pen Mr. Todd
    Even my grand mother from the remote bush of Africa could have read this book and pass her ccna exams. Only if she had had the chance to grab hold of this book before she passed on.

    Jesus!! I never new IP subnetting was that easy.
    Oh!! the CLI(command line interface) did i say command or cash line interface? Well I now know it.

    In fact as a newbies all the way from the Jungle with no IT background. This book was just too good for me, all the others almost scared me of from CCNA.

    This book reads easy, explained clearly what u needs to no, concepts are well detailed out in an understandable manner.

    In fact this book for me is a six stars not only for preparing for the CCNA Exams but also for just given people like us who knows nothing about the theory and concept of networking the opportunity to read and understand what it is all about. How it works, and how to use and apply it in pratical situation.

    I definitely will recommend it to any one who is just starting with CCNA or networking for that matter so also to those who wishes to refresh there memory. ... Read more


    19. Photoshop 7 for Dummies
    by Barbara Obermeier, Deke McClelland
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    Asin: 0764516515
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-15)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 16747
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Adobe Photoshop is arguably the most comprehensive and popular photo editor around. Here are a couple of reasons why: When you work in Photoshop, you're not drawing from scratch; you're editing photos. Secondly, the program keeps you interested with a depth of capabilities that few pieces of software can match. Unlike other computer programs that have caught on like wildfire over the years, Photoshop is both powerful and absorbing.

    Just because Photoshop is a pleasure to use doesn't mean that it's easy to master. Directed toward making you comfortable and productive with the program, Photoshop 7 For Dummies points out the features you need to know and shows you exactly how to use them ­– no pain; all gain. You'll discover ways to

    • Work with the program window
    • Switch between Photoshop and other programs
    • Change the number of pixels in an image
    • Define colors using the Color Palette
    • Get ride of red eye
    • Blur the edges of a selected area
    • Apply filter effects

    Photoshop guru and author Deke McClelland reveals his own techniques for quick and creative image editing, along with specific tips that Photoshop veterans can use to take advantage of the software's new features. Plan to get the hang of

    • Producing high quality scans
    • Adding background textures, bevels, and text effects
    • Harnessing Photoshop's layering features and professional pre-press capabilities
    • Applying different types of gradients
    • Making a Web Photo Gallery
    • Placing your image into PageMaker of InDesign
    • Creating your own custom brush

    Graphics abound in Photoshop 7 For Dummies, with 16 pages of glossy pictures to show off special issues related to color. You'll find commands for both PCs and Macs and lots of step-by-step instructions to guide your image-editing efforts for print or the Web – in no time! ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Photoshop 6 for Dummies Disappoints
    I found this Dummies book disappointing. It just rehashes the older Dummies book for Photoshop 5 with additional writing by Barbara Obermeier and now includes only Windoze screen shots. I used to use this book in the PS 5 incarnation for my PS classes. I really liked its sense of humor and how it was targeted in a no nonsense way for beginners. I will be switching to Peachpit Press's Classroom in A Book, not as much fun but certainly not a retread such as this book. Deke, where are you?

    1-0 out of 5 stars Huh?
    According to the authors the RAW file format is mainly for use in transferring graphics between Apple and PC computers and loses a great deal of detail. In other words they wrote a book about Photoshop CS but they know little if anything about the subject.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Assumes too much
    In some parts they assume to much, it misses steps or suddenly introduces new words out of nowhere as if you knew the program. The other thing that its not visual at all, a ton of things could have been explained much easier and faster using visuals.

    I mean I did find it useful but probably because I read it all, however it was kind of annoying how they tend to forget who their audience is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great revision to this classic book
    Whether you be new Photoshop user or experienced, you'll find great information in this good book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Photoshop 6 for Dummies
    Although this book can be quite useful for basics, it is too laden down with useless titbits. Also, a lot of important stuff is hidden between these, so it can be very easy to become frustrated. The book is presented well, slightly too much light humour but it does at least presume that you (like I did) have no experience. Practice will make you a much better photoshop user than reading this book, but combining this with thousands of F1 searches will set you well on your way. ... Read more


    20. Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
    by Jakob Nielsen
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    Catlog: Book (1999-12-20)
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    Creating Web sites is easy. Creating sites that truly meet the needs and expectations of the wide range of online users is quite another story. In Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, renowned Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen shares his insightful thoughts on the subject. Packed with annotated examples of actual Web sites, this book sets out many of the design precepts all Web developers should follow.

    This guide segments discussions of Web usability into page, content, site, and intranet design. This breakdown skillfully isolates for the reader many subtly different challenges that are often mixed together in other discussions. For example, Nielsen addresses the requirements of viewing pages on varying monitor sizes separately from writing concise text for "scanability." Along the way, the author pulls no punches with his opinions, using phrases like "frames: just say no" to immediately make his feelings known. Fortunately, his advise is some of the best you'll find.

    One of the unique aspects of this title is the use of actual statistics to buttress the author's opinions on various techniques and technologies. He includes survey results on sizes of screens, types of queries submitted to search portals, response times by connection type and more. This book is intended as the first of two volumes--focusing on the "what." The author promises a follow-up title that will show the "hows" and, based on this installation, we can't wait. --Stephen W. Plain

    Topics covered: Cross-platform design, response time considerations, writing for the Web, multimedia implementation, navigation strategies, search boxes, corporate intranet design, accessibility for disabled users, international considerations, and future predictions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The guide for Professional Web designers
    This guide is perhaps the best reference for web designers out there, not because of an enormous selection of sample pages and code snippets; but rather because it takes a look at the most ignored aspect of web design, it's usability.

    Whether working on personal projects or mainstream web stores and applications, Nielsen's reference is perfect for trying to push simplicity not just for simplicity's sake. He shows ways that simplicity can make pages truely easier to use.

    One aspect I feel is a bit biased is his take on download times, and his tilt toward low-bandwidth. This is unrealistic in many cases as our target audiences may very well be college lan's or corporate intranets with fast connections. Regardless; his focus is on usability and his words still bust through.

    Either before your next major project or now as you are in the middle of one, give this book a read, and pass it along to everyone else you work wiht (especially the graphics people who tend to have NO idea about usability)

    I have began to shift my design somewhat allready due to the ideas in "Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity". I think you should too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but take it with a grain of salt
    This latest endeavor of one of the more renowned authorities in usability design strives to give a complete account of what is involved in the design of a successful web-site. While Nielsen uses many real-life examples to illustrate his points, I find more than a few of his assertions a little suspect. In some situations, he over-simplifies and describes the outcome of the problem in terms of "black and white", not allowing for any shades of gray. Whether Nielsen is successful in getting his points across is questionable due to this black and white approach. However, he does bring up a lot of timely issues for designing on the web such as response times and overly flashy graphics.

    The tone of the book is definitely overbearing and opinionated, nevertheless, his style of writing does make the book very readable. If you need to know the basics of designing interfaces for the web, this book will serve as a good reference. My suggestion is that you take his words with a grain of salt and not worry too much if you have to break one or two of his cherished "top-ten" rules of interface design.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Reference, but a bit outdated
    This book is a must for every web developer, although I think it's time for a newer version, as some of the examples and theories are based on pre-2000 studies.

    Overall you can expect a great insight on correct web-design, colors matching, liquid pages, use of navigation and quick respond to user needs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and easy to use and understand!
    Another excellent source of information from the INTERNET guru of them all! This book is a definite MUST HAVE for any website designer, newbie to web design and anyone and everyone who has an online business. Simple, easy to understand visuals compliment the text, which is written in a very simplistic manner. This book is wonderful - magnificent - excellent, and will help you greatly understand the elements of successful web design. I've used it to consistently update my own website, at:

    http://www.aei.dli.com
    If you don't have this book, you're missing out on your single-most-important investment in your professional life!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but seriously needs a second edition
    This book came out in 1999 and you have to be prepared for that. It's still about 80% useful, which is amazing considering how fast web technology is moving. I love the way the author uses lots of actual pictures of websites to illustrate every point. If he would bring it into the third millenium, I'd probably give it five stars instead of three. ... Read more


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