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21. The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
by Robin Williams
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Asin: 0321193857
Catlog: Book (2003-09-15)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 3196
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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So you have a great concept and all the fancy digital tools you could possibly require—what's stopping you from creating beautiful pages? Namely the training to pull all of these elements together into a cohesive design that effectively communicates your message. Not to worry: This book is the one place you can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help.

In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 2nd Edition, best-selling author Robin Williams turns her attention to the basic principles of good design and typography. All you have to do is follow her clearly explained concepts, and you'll begin producing more sophisticated, professional, and interesting pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, illustrations, and dozens of examples make learning a snap—which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Little book with BIG impact!
Don't let the small size of this book fool you... in here is all the information you need to start improving the way you design. Composition, positioning, alignment, font usage, and a host of other topics are concisely and simply explained. A section on color usage would have been appreciated, but would probably price the book out of its target audience. Williams's sense of humor may not be for everybody, but the information she presents is absolutely invaluable. Williams presents good design, bad design, and works to explain what elements make the former work. After reading this book, I started sub-conciously analyzing almost everything around me, from web sites to advertisements, and was able to identify well-designed ones from poorly-designed ones, and what they did right or wrong.

No, you will not become an award-winning graphics designer after one read, but your understanding of principles, and your ability to apply them will increase dramatically. An extremely worthwhile investment for the beginner who needs to suddenly improve his design skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift book! Should be required reading in the office.
I won't bore you with detailed analysis of the book... many other reviews mention RW's elegant descriptions of the four page layout elements (proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast). What I will share with you is that I have given this book as a gift a dozen times. Because it is so clearly written and the principles are backed up with easily understandable examples, I give it to folks who don't have a lot of time to study page layout design, but who can benefit from knowing the four principles.

As more and more laypeople put words on paper (in newsletters, brochures, and especially websites), knowing these basic guidelines for why certain pages look better than others and how one can quickly improve a particular layout is timely and essential knowledge. If you need a little help communicating more effectively with your publications (of any kind) or know someone else who does, this would be the first book I'd hand to you. (The next would be RW's The Mac (or PC) is Not a Typewriter.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
This is one of the basic books needed in any designer's collecion. Buy it today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book for Non-Designers
IÕm beginning to wonder if Robin Williams ever sleeps. She seems to have a new title out every couple of weeks. This is Ms. WilliamsÕ second offering of this title.

I have long said that the best thing about DeskTop Publishing is that it puts it in the hands of everybody and the worst thing about DeskTop Publishing is that it puts it in the hands of everybody. Some people just donÕt have an eye for design.

The fact is, because of DeskTop Publishing, many people with no formal training in publishing or design end up having to design something. They find they must create an advertisement, a newsletter, a brochure, a business card or a poster. Panic sets in for those who have no idea where to start, or donÕt understand the fundamentals of good design.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, The Non-DesignerÕs Design Book is your Ôrescue in a book.Õ I really like the many before and after examples she shows of web pages, brochures, business cards, etc. There is an amazing example of a tri-fold brochure before and after on pages 106-107, and a newspaper ad on pages 114-115.

She explains the use of typography very nicely, and explains when to use different kinds of typefaces. (Did you know that most people make the type on their home made business cards too big?)

This book is not a big, heavy tome that goes on forever on its topics. ThatÕs a good thing. It keeps things simple and easy to understand. Each topic is covered well and in an interesting manner. Pick it up at Peachpit with your User Group discount!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book
This is an invaluable reference for everyone. If you are a designer you should read this little book at least once a year. Without a doubt you have forgotten or not used many of the rules and precepts that are in this book. If you are new to design, learn it here and you will be set. The only thing you have to do is not fight your own urge to violate the ideas set out here and you can design print items that rule the world! The best best best book. ... Read more

22. CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate, Deluxe Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle
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Asin: 078214392X
Catlog: Book (2005-02)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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23. Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
by Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
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Asin: 0596004877
Catlog: Book (2003-09-23)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 12677
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars For Beginners
The first thing that caught my attention is that this book is 944 pages which made me assume that it must have everything I need to know about ASP.NET. When I received this book I found out why : the code examples are presented in both VB .Net and C#, and you really have to look to distinguish where a C# code ends and VB .NET one begins.

When I put this book to the test ( when I started developing my first real web application) this book has helped me some times and failed me some more times. It helped me mainly in data bound controls but failed in security and exception handling. There is superficial coverage of topics such as : Delegates, Threading, Remoting, and Event handling and almost no mention of XML besides XML Web services

Chapter 19 which discuses Security and authentication is very primitive and lacks details needed to implement a real form-based authentication web site with database user management, and role based security.

This book covers almost everything there is in ASP .Net controls ( validation controls, data bound controls, and user controls), besides that the level of this book is Beginner and is quite frustrating for advanced topics.

I still can recommend this book for beginners with no knowledge on the subject, although I prefer ASP .Net unleashed since it is more comprehensive and has almost everything you can think of.

Unfortunately, Many less used (although useful) class libraries has no examples in .Net documentation and MSDN . This is an area where also many books lacks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best intro to ASP.NET - Excellent
This book is simply excellent. It starts with the core fundamentals, and builds your expertise from there. Every aspect of ASP.NET is covered in detail.

The authors begin with a simple HTML based "hello world" program and quickly build up the capabilities. They show integrated code and the (preferred) code-behind. The event model is explained in detail. Each of the major controls is shown and the validation controls are described in detail. The authors also show debugging techniques and proper coding idioms.

Every example is shown in both VB.NET and C#, which I found very helpful. This helped me see the similarities in the language and clarified areas that might otherwise be confusing.

The book includes a lengthy section on interacting with data, including a primer on ADO.NET and list-bound controls. The section on custom and user controls is excellent.

They spend 3 chapters on Web Services, and provide a comprehensive overview of this topic.

Finally, the book is rounded out with chapters on caching and performance, security and deployment and configuration.

The writing is clear and crisp, and despite the fact that there are two authors, it reads as if written by just one. The material is delieverd with clarity, and the authors provide unbelievable support on their web site, where you can obtain the source code and also ask questions directly of the authors!

All in all, I was very impressed by this excellent introduction to ASP.NET, and I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this for ASP.NET with C#
I was looking for a book that thoroughly taught ASP.NET and took the C# language seriously and not as an afterthought. This book is absolutely perfect. It explains the intrinsics of ASP.NET and its theoretical underpinnings. It also has very good practical information with regard to many of the decisions you will have to make in terms of the tools and different approaches you face when programming in ASP.NET. What I liked most of all was that it has every example in C# which most ASP.NET authors seem to shy away from for some bizarre reason. If you want to learn ASP.NET thoroughly with C# syntax I can recommend no other and I have read quite a few.

5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than Jesse Liberty
As a new programmer, and even newer to .NET and ASP.NET this book is a must have for anyone serious about learning ASP.NET. The book covers every aspect of using ASP.NET, and the examples can be used in real world situtations. You can also find Jesse Liberty featured on courses. What are you waiting for, go get this book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best ASP.NET book available
As with the first edition of this book, the second edition continues to be the best ASP.NET book available today. This edition has been updated to include information on the 1.1 version of the .NET framework as well as Visual Studio 2003.

Unlike many other ASP.NET books I have seen, you can actually pick this one up and begin writing ASP.NET applications quickly. The book begins with an introduction to the Visual Studio development environment, which is necessary knowledge to be able to effectively write and compile code. This introduction does a very good job quickly describing the most important features of the IDE. For a more thorough introduction to the Visual Studio .NET IDE, pick up a copy of O'Reilly's Mastering Visual Studio .NET.

This book then proceeds to discuss each of the ASP.NET server controls in detail. Examples are provided in both C# and VB.NET, with clear preference given to C#. Some of the more difficult concepts are clearly explained, with enough information provide to satisfy more advanced readers.

Personally, I found many of the highlights of this book to be toward the end, where an excellent section on data access can be found. This has often been a point of contention with me: most applications today have some amount of data access involved. Unfortunately, most .NET books have only a small (and largely inadequate) data access chapter. The data access section in this book is one of the best I have seen. Even if you know a lot about ASP.NET, you'll probably learn a thing or two from the data access section.

The authors also have written an excellent chapter on creating custom controls for applications. There is a very good discussion on creating user controls and custom controls (both of which can be used as re-usable components in web applications).

Like the previous edition, this book doesn't disappoint. This is a must have for ASP.NET developers and an excellent tutorial for individuals trying to get their hands around ASP.NET. ... Read more

24. CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, 4th Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle, Sybex
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Asin: 0782143113
Catlog: Book (2003-10-24)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 4395
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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The unsurpassed CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Study Guide, for five years running, has been updated for the latest CCNA exam (640-801)! Brought to you from Sybex and globally renowned Cisco authority Todd Lammle, this fourth edition of the revered guide maps directly to the new, expanded exam objectives. The companion CD includes an advanced testing engine containing all chapter review questions and two bonus exams, plus 250 flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices! The entire book is also included in PDF. It's clear that years of dedication and expertise stand behind this supreme study aide for Cisco’s popular CCNA certification exam. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Ok study guide
Background: This was my only study guide for the CCNA exam. I have been working with Cisco gear for the last few years and my job wants me to go for the certifications.

Review: I didn't really read the book, skimmed the chapters and answered the review questions at the end of each chapter. I also did the simulation exam and the practice tests on the CDs. I used the questions to focus me in on what I was weak in (frame/isdn/etc) and reviewed those sections. In the end I did relatively well on the practice exams (high 80's, 90's). So with a good days worth of studying behind me, and accounting for my experience I felt confident, maybe a little too confident...

Exam Results: Took the exam this morning, let me tell you the questions in the book are WAY easier than the real test. I was ten questions in and I was wondering if I should continue. It was pretty tough I was actually sweating at points, cursing myself for not reading the book more carefully. (ok some questions were close but those felt few and far between). In the end I passed, by a decent margin, but I would have been happier if I prepared a bit more. I will probably use a different publishing company for the CCNP exams.

Advice: Don't use the questions from this book as a gauge for the exam, either actually read the book and comprehend things or get a book that has better questions (don't ask I have no clue which book has better ones). Also on the real exam try not to burn to much time on the sims. Their awesome, loved them, but they can suck a lot of time, so don't over think them.


5-0 out of 5 stars Good for detailed review.
I have started reading through this book and am finding it is actually fun to read. Most technical books are fairly dry, but this one has a little humor and sometimes is written in the first person. If you are starting from scratch and unfamiliar with networking, you will be lost. This book works best for people who have some network in their background. There is a CD with some nice tools. I like the availability to print book in PDF format. The true test of this book will be when I take my CCNA exam!

4-0 out of 5 stars best so far
Definetly this is the best book so far about CCNA and network stuff in general. It's easy to read and after reading this book I definetly feel more confident and the first time I feel I have the knowledge to pass the CCNA test.

4-0 out of 5 stars Routing protocols
If you want to learn IP routing, this book will not take you anywhere close... For that, you would need "Cisco IOS for IP Routing" by Andrew Colton or Doyle's books. However, Lammle's book would probably be all you need to pass the CCNA test. Unless you're a complete beginner, then you may want to add one or two other fine CCNA books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential to CCNA
I'm MCSE, CCNA, and A+ certified, and have used a variey of Sybex books to achieve my certifications. Lammle's book is the best of Sybex's line, and used in conjunction with his E-Lab trainer, helped me pass the CCNA exam on the first try. That said, I read this book at least four times, which also attests to its readability.

Subnetting, TCP/IP, and Cisco IOS are not the most intersting subjects in the world, but Lammle manages to make the reading comprehensible. You could probably get the same info from the Cisco documentation website, but I guarantee you it will read like stereo instructions. I would like to have seen more information about accessing switches and routers in this book, but perhaps that is beyond the scope of the test objectives. Lammle lays this book out exactly according to the Cisco tesat objectives and covers each area in sufficient detail to help you pass the test.

One word of caution if you are shopping around for the best deal on this book: make sure the edition you are buying covers the current test version being administered. ... Read more

25. CCNA Fast Pass
by Todd Lammle, Sean Odom, Sybex
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Asin: 0782143091
Catlog: Book (2003-10-24)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 18210
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This handy, focused review guide was created to help CCNA candidates prepare for the new and expanded CCNA exam (640-801). Offering the most succinct and economical treatment, the CCNA Fast Past serves as the perfect supplement to Sybex's best-selling CCNA Study Guide. With objective-by-objective coverage from world-renowned Cisco authority Todd Lammle, this book is ideal for last-minute review and reinforcement of key topics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Making the final steps a bit easier.
Ready to tackle the 640-801 CCNA Exam? Want to do some last minute prepping? Looking for the Sybex Exam Notes? With the release of the CCNA Fast Pass you can now get that final study session and be ready to go.

The book's new name, replacing the Exam Notes series, has the same material you have come to expect from Sybex and Todd Lammle. The book takes the objectives, breaks them down 1 by 1 and gives you the meat the subject.

This is the perfect add-on the CCNA Study and Virtual Lab for the 801 Exam. One thing that I like about this book is that even though it is a "cram" type of reading, there are labs and exercises that you can work on.

The book is broken down in to four chapters or areas and each one covers a great deal material. One thing to keep in mind is that this is not the end-all book; you will need other material in order to pass the exam.

Also included is a cd with a number of practice tests and overall this is an excellent final review book and well worth the investment. ... Read more

26. Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
by Marty Hall, Larry Brown
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Asin: 0130092290
Catlog: Book (2003-08-29)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 22080
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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In the Java universe, the interface layer of the ubiquitous model-view-controller (MVC) software design paradigm is handled by either servlets of JavaServer Pages (JSP). The second edition of Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, like its predecessor, documents these handy technologies fully and practically. Far more than a straight API reference, this book presents examples--complete with code and a listing or screen shot showing results--wherever possible. It's a fantastic strategy for communicating to programmers what they need to do in order to achieve the effects and behaviors they desire. What's new in the second edition? Lots, in terms of its eponymous software development environments: The book covers servlets 2.4 and JSP 2.0. The examples are more refined, too, and more attention is paid to supporting technologies like Web and database servers.

The didactic approach of authors Marty Hall and Larry Brown is recipe-like. They typically begin with a statement of a problem to be solved, then discuss relevant aspects of the servlet or JSP API. A series of code listings follows, and screen shots showing results bring up the rear. The net effect is that it's easy to spot relevant sections in the table of contents, it's clear how implementation works (thanks to the extensive listings) and there's no doubt about what the results are supposed to be. More elaborate examples show how servlets and JSP work in shopping cart, auction, and other applications. This is a significant and worthwhile update to an important Java book. --David Wall

Topics covered: Java servlets 2.4, JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.0 (including the new expression language), HTML forms, JDBC database connectivity, and the details of how servlets and JSP are implemented in Apache Tomcat, Caucho Resin, and Macromedia JRun. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not a good way to learn the basics
I found this book frustrating. Here's why:

Chapter 1 only vaguely describes what it takes to configure a test environment on your system. As a result, I had to go to other books and to the web to figure out how to configure a test environment.

Then, immediately after chapter 2 shows a simple "Hello World" servlet, it shoots off on a 24-page tangent that describes a bunch of stuff that's only loosely related to writing servlets. After chapter 3 shows how to get parameters from an HTML form (although HTML forms aren't described until chapter 16), chapters 4 through 7 digress into an 80-page list of HTTP headers. In these chapters, the code examples are theoretical and don't give the reader a good idea as to how these headers are used in a typical server-side Java application. In fact, as I later learned, the average Java programmer doesn't even need to understand the majority of these HTTP headers to develop effective applications using servlets and JavaServer Pages.

In my opinion, chapters 10 though 14 present a somewhat misleading description of how to use JavaServer Pages. It's only after you've learned to use both servlets and JavaServer Pages separately, that you see how to integrate servlets and JavaServer Pages so they work together. As it turns out, this is the way that most web applications should be structured.

In summary, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone who is just getting started with Java web programming. If you already know the basics and you want to pick up a few new tricks, or if you need a list of HTTP headers, this book might be helpful for you. Otherwise, I recommend looking somewhere else.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but sometimes spotty indexing
This is a solid book, and an effective tutorial, but it is sometimes frustrating as a reference. It will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about writing real applications with Servlets and/or JSP, including good coverage of how to integrate multiple JSPs and servlets together to build a real application. This is important, because who really creates websites where the pages don't have to integrate together?

This book includes a reasonable discussion of the various JSP/servlet engines out there, and how to set up Apache Tomcat, the reference implementation (the commercial implementations are easier to set up). It also has good coverage of all the standard topics, like HTML form data, dealing with HTTP headers and status codes, using cookies, and session management. It also includes a reasonable chapter on JDBC and another on JavaBeans, and if you understand SQL and your needs aren't very elaborate, you may not need to buy another book on either topic. It also includes code for some handy utilities like a simple database connection pool (important since you almost certainly want your web application to be multithreaded) and a visual HTTP client that lets you specify the HTTP headers to send and view all the headers that are returned. Overall, this book is clear and thorough and I highly recommend it.

However, I still found this frustrating at times, due to the indexing. For example, in its discussion of sharing Java beans between multiple JSPs, it discusses the ability to share beans at different scopes--session, page, request, and application. The problem is, it doesn't define what is and isn't included in application-level scope, or how you define some pages to be part of an application but not others. If you plan to have multiple applications on your web server, this is important. Like several other topics I looked for, there was no way to find this using the index, though it may be in the book somewhere. I finally solved this by going to the Apache Tomcat documentation.

Still, occasional frustrations aside, I have yet to find another book this good on the subject, and it did teach me how to build applications out of JSPs effectively. So even though it's not perfect, I recommend it to anyone who needs to understand the topic.

5-0 out of 5 stars This really is a good book.
I just finished reading the serlvet part of this book. I could not help writing a review since this really is a very nice book. The book is structured in a very clean and easy-to-read format. You don't have to be a java expert to read this book. The instructions are so clear that you can't miss a thing in setting up Tomcat, JRUN, or running the code examples. I used Tocmat. All went well. I read this book like a novel from cover to cover. It was a very good experience. However, you should at least know the basics of Java before you read this book. This book is the first step toward J2EE. I will definitely buy the updated 2nd volume of this title that is geared toward advanced Servlets and JSPs. This is one of the best Java books I have ever had.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good
I am new to J2EE and found this book useful. Very good examples and can be downloaded from the website mentioned in the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars 1st Edition available for free
the first edition of this book is available as a free download from I have not read this book but heard it is good. I gave it 3 stars since it is an older version ... Read more

27. Java In A Nutshell, 5th Edition
by David Flanagan
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 1525
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With more than 700,000 copies sold to date, Java in a Nutshell from O'Reilly is clearly the favorite resource amongst the legion of developers and programmers using Java technology.And now, with the release of the 5.0 version of Java, O'Reilly has given the book that defined the "in a Nutshell" category another impressive tune-up.

In this latest revision, readers will find Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition does more than just cover the extensive changes implicit in 5.0, the newest version of Java.It's undergone a complete makeover--in scope, size, and type of coverage--in order to more closely meet the needs of the modern Java programmer.

To wit, Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition now places less emphasis on coming to Java from C and C++, and adds more discussion on tools and frameworks.It also offers new code examples to illustrate the working of APIs, and, of course, extensive coverage of Java 5.0.But faithful readers take comfort: it still hasn't lost any of its core elements that made it such a classic to begin with.

This handy reference gets right to the heart of the program with an accelerated introduction to the Java programming language and its key APIs--ideal for developers wishing to start writing code right away.And, as was the case in previous editions, Java in a Nutshell, 5th Edition is once again chock-full of poignant tips, techniques, examples, and practical advice.

For as long as Java has existed, Java in a Nutshell has helped developers maximize the capabilities of the program's newest versions.And this latest edition is no different. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars There are some things you can count on in life...
... and a solid "Java in a Nutshell" is one of them. What can I say? I started with v1.1 and have bought every version up to v5.0.
I can relate to the main complaint of the other reviews: the book'ssize. I agree that the second half of the book parrots the JavaDoc, but it is somewhat different and helpful, especially if you've grown used to looking through it to find stuff.
I don't know what the answer is. Hey, I have an idea: blame Sun, not David. At the risk of getting flamed and/or flack, I have oftentimes thought that the Java language is just growing out of control. Some might argue that we need all of this stuff. Perhaps that is true, but is it really worth the hit that each and every developer takes every time they try to find something is this vast ocean of APIs?
Ahh, remember the good old days of K&R "C"?

4-0 out of 5 stars good sign of Java's vitality
Recently, Sun gave us a significant upgrade to Java - the release of Java 5. A slew of the inevitable bug fixes. But also key new features, as explained here by Flanagan in the 5th edition of his long running reference.

Some new abilities lead to notational simplification, like autoboxing. So if k is an Integer, you can now say "k=5" instead of the clumsier "k=new Integer(5)". With a similar inverse process if q is an int, of being able to write "q=k" rather than "q=k.intValue()". Though of course the older forms are still valid, for backward compatibility.

Hey, varargs are now allowed! Much to the pleasure of some of you who came from C programming and used this nice feature. Ever since Java came out, there has been a continual, albeit quiet, push for varargs. Finally!

By now, experienced Java programmers may be familiar with earlier versions of the book. There may be mild astonishment at the sheer heft of this edition. Thanks to its popularity, Java has bulked up in the number and scope of its classes. The book is a reassuring sign of Java's vitality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still a must-have classic, but it's getting rather large...
Here's a classic that just keeps on keep up with the state of the language...Java In A Nutshell (5th Edition) by David Flanagan (O'Reilly).But it's definitely getting pretty large...

Rather than list the chapters like I usually do, I'll forego that this time in that I'll probably overrun the Amazon word limit.Suffice it to say that if it's a core part of the Java language as of version 5.0, it's probably in here...

The good stuff...Flanagan has once again done an outstanding job in providing a succinct reference manual that covers the latest version of the Java language.He's added a new chapter to cover Java 5.0 features such as generic types, enumerated types, and annotations.There is also coverage of some new features in chapter 2, such as autoboxing and the new for/in statement.This coverage method (most of the new stuff in one area) means that readers who are upgrading their copy can easily flag the new material they need to read.And rather than keep a lot of older material floating around, he's also eliminated some language features that are either deprecated or are not widely used.Granted, if *you* are one of the few using it, that's not good, but you have to draw a line somewhere.Other than that, it's the same solid, no-fluff coverage of the Java language in the first 400 pages that you've come to expect in this Nutshell volume.The reminder of the 1200+ pages covers Java API documentation, which is useful if you're looking for a particular method or property you're not familiar with.

The bad part is probably the page count...Although the print is small and the information is packed tightly, 1200 pages still makes for a pretty thick book.Some will make the argument that you can get the last 800 pages (the API documentation) on-line, which is true.I tend to prefer having pages I can flip through without having to do a lot of hyperlinking.Plus you can jot down notes or flag certain parts you reference quite often.I'm almost of the opinion that perhaps it's now time to split the book into Java In A Nutshell - volumes 1 and 2.Put the API info in a second volume and make it easier to work with...

I still think this is a "must have" book for any Java programmer...It just may be time to take a hard look at the packaging for the 6th edition.

4-0 out of 5 stars What size nutshell?!
I agree with the review above.It's a great book but the part II API Quick Reference is too much to be included.If they were split and available for purchase separately, you would have a much better product.That said, Part I is really good!

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit much...
As far as the information inside the book goes, it's a great book that describes the basics of Java in a simple, here's what you need to know format.It describes everything you need to know about Java syntax, objects, etc, etc, etc.The big reason to get this is for the Java 5.0 info, which is scattered throughout Chapter 2.There is also Chapter 4, which goes into more detail on some of the more interesting features of Java 5.0.

However, the bulk of the 1200+ pages are essentially the javadoc, with some additional notes.In thumbing around and looking at random class descriptions, I didn't see anything I couldn't get from the javadoc.This is obviously a personal preference - if you like the hardcopy, it might work for you.It just seems like a waste to me.

I would have been much happier with the first 400 pages and a note on page 401 that said "buy another book if you need the apis" or "go read the javadoc".A 400 page Nutshell book I can throw in the backpack, thumb through, and carry around.A 1200 page Nutshell (like Java 5.0 for that matter) seems to be suffering from a bit of unnecessary bloat. ... Read more

28. C How to Program, Fourth Edition
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Deitel, Assoc., Deitel, Associates
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1-0 out of 5 stars textbook-critic
This book first needs better binding glues since it comes apart after a few weeks of heavy usage. When I surveyed other students' textbooks their books suffered the same fate.

Some of the book's examples are difficult to follow along and the explanation usually follow several pages later.

Some of the problems deal with Casino card and dice gambling type problems that some religious students just aren't familiar with and the description in the problems assusme students know all the subtle "ins" and "outs." Also some of the problems take way too long to do.

The glossy paper also isn't necessary. Under typical flourescent lighting conditions, it glares too much, thus reducing book's usage.

At HVCC college CIS department one instructor is actually using another textbook since he too feels strongly that this Deitel book isn't suitable to learn C that easily.

Gerard J. Sagliocca, P.E.

4-0 out of 5 stars Chalked full of great information.
(I have the third edition.)
This book was required for a C programming class. It chalked full of great information. I learned a lot from this book and the instructor.

4 stars instead of 5 because of the way the way the book is organized. Better organization could have been implimented. There are too many "Good Programming Practicees" and "Common Programming Error" boxes to clutter up the pages. Perhaps some Chicago style referencing and a section at the end of the chapter would help clean up the regular text. --- Also some of the subjects used for the codeing examples, and some of the coding examples themselves should be simpler. In other words the code examples tended to be difficult to follow at times.

Overall the book is keeper. (That and because it has just been succeded by a a new edition and is no longer resellable for nearly what I paid for it. (This is the third edition.))

This book is very usable even as an older edition. ... Read more

29. Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lucid VB
I am a professional web designer and VB programmer. With the release of VB.Net and Visual Studio.Net, I was anxious to jump feet first into the new IDE and language. Having read the Deitel C++ book, I was very pleased to see the similarity in layout and ease of reading.
I would easily rate this book, and the Deitel series, as the best programming text books on the market. I have read many others and I am almost always disappointed in the monetary expenditure. These are easily as good, and better in some areas, as the Black Books from Coriolis.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to beginning VB programmers, as well as seasoned VB programmers looking to learn VB.Net.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed me.
Visual Basic.Net How to program series by Deitel is a second book that I had been long looking for since I had bought e-business & e-commerce How to program by Deitel. I had experienced the first book written by Deitel and it has never disappointed me. Now, the second book, VB.NET is the best of all. I found the book is too useful to strengthen my knowledge and skill. With this book I could do self-study very effectively just because the book has well clearly and carefully written to present its points. If I want to compare to any other books, I feel that VB.NET by Deitel, the author is much more understand our needs in our learning process. As the result, the book offers a great deal for helping me to get good grade. I have borrowed some other books of VB.NET. As, my judgment, I found that VB.NET by Deitel is much more updated, established and experienced than any other book. I have more confident and fun to learn programming if there is a guide by Deitel's books. The book is so diverse to cover many topics and yet all written comprehensively for each topics. Yes, the book worth more than its price. Finally, it saves my time, money and energy to search for a better book of VB.NET.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest
I just got this book in the mail yesterday, and I love it. It is laid out perfectly for the novice .Net programmer. It is ideal for those of us who learn by doing (i.e. exercises and examples). Most books on programming just pack in tons of examples and text, but no exercises. Not Deitel. They load you up with exercises at the end of each chapter. Also, I like the full color lay-out. The VB 6.0 version isn't in color, so this was a delightful surprise. Some might find this distracting, but to me, it is refreshing. If you want to learn from the ground up, GET THIS BOOK!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the negative reviews
This is simply a great book (and the best I have found for learning from scratch).

Unfortunately for me, I paid too much attention to the negative reviews on this book, as well as the higher (relative to other books) price. You get what you pay for, and this book is worth it, even though it is more expensive. I don't know the authors from adam, and I am not their friend. I simply want to help others who are learning from scratch, like me, and do not have the flexibility in their schedule to take a college course. (I already have an engineeing degree, I don't want more classroom time!)

I ended up buying this book almost last, after buying Visual by Petroutsos, the Microsoft press books ( Step by Step is a JOKE), bible, and Karl Moore's Tutorials. Dietel's books simply blow all of the above away. Also, Dietel's books are used in serious college courses, while none of the above are. Makes you think.

By the way, I ended up reselling many of the other books I mentioned on Amazon, and bought more books by Deitel.

I noticed that there are some Microsoft employees giving Deitel's books bad reviews. Can you say "COnflict of Interest" ??!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to and textbook: but skim before buying
This book has a very distinctive layout seemingly intended to make it easier to read their extremely dense content. It is packed with useful introductory and moderate level VB.NET information, presented in a systematic teaching format more than a reference format, although it seems to be a compromise of both.

I recommend considering this book as a combination introduction and one-volume reference to VB.NET for those who are going to be primarily using that language for their work on the Dot Net framework, and especially for those who already have some programming experience. It covers programming basics well, but very concisely. The basics of Web Services, Web Forms, and various kinds of applications are covered in a solid fundamental way with useful but simple examples.

I also recommend peeking inside first to be sure that you don't find the distinctive layout too distracting. Their visually dramatic use of different colors and fonts (for example, they often use a larger font in addition to bolding, making the key terms jump out at you visually) makes it easier to find useful things quickly, but I think many people will find it tiresome when reading large portions of the book at once.

For those who find the layout too distracting but are impressed by the content and organization, another book in the same series, "Visual Basic .NET for Experienced Programmers" has much of the same content presented in a more subdued style more similar to most reference guides.

The book is a mixture of "how to" and textbook and contains a CD with code, and so will particularly appeal to those who want a strong formal background in the concepts but also want to get started immediately with programming. This book builds on working code samples in an effective way so that you can apply the concepts as you learn about them. This approach is obviously most fruitful if you already have the Visual Studio Dot Net installed and are ready to begin learning VB Dot Net.

This book is expensive but people who are reasonably comfortable with the way textbooks are organized will find this mixture of formal teaching and practical examples a very effective way to get involved in VB Dot Net programming and will refer back to this book frequently as a reference as well. I do not recommend this book for people already moderately experienced with VB Dot Net, as they will probably not find enough useful content to justify the price, even though it would help them solidify their basic understanding of the language. ... Read more

30. The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
by Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
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One of the most important recent developments in software engineering is the Unified Modeling Language (UML) standard for documenting software designs. Written by UML's inventors (the so-called Three Amigos of software engineering), The Unified Modeling Language User Guide provides a very appealing guide to all the fundamentals of using UML effectively. The book opens with a basic tour of the essential concepts and modeling diagrams used in UML, including class diagrams, use case diagrams, and basic modeling principles. The authors pay close attention to modeling classes (and documenting the relationships between classes) as well as use case diagrams (which show how software will be used by various actors in a system). This book mixes in a little software-engineering theory, too, but it makes use of clear examples and actual UML diagrams to illustrate key concepts.

Later in the book, the authors discuss more difficult notational diagrams (such as state diagrams and activity diagrams, which can be used to model behavior in a system). Whatever your background in software engineering, you'll no doubt appreciate the author's clear explanations of basic (and advanced) modeling concepts, as well as the nuts-and-bolts details of today's powerful UML. With its combination of expert modeling advice and excellent detail on the specifics of UML, this book will be absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to use UML for real-world software design. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of UML
This is a great book on UML written by three leading methodologists at Rational Rose (Jacobson, Booch, and Rumbaugh) who solicited input from the major software players in the industry during the development of UML.

I read most of the UML Toolkit book that was published before the UML Users Guide, but it was rather dry reading and didn't cover UML comprehensively like the UML Users Guide does.

After reading the UML Users guide, and maybe the Unified Process by the same authors, you can apply this knowledge to manage the complexity and architecture of large systems, assuming that not only do you understand all of the UML notation, but know how to apply it through education, training and expertise.

The UML Users guide is well written and has very short granular chapters that cover one self-contained concept of the UML. It is a must read for any serious software engineer who wants to speak a common modeling language and get beyond a code and fix type approach to development.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitive to an extreme
Who other than the inventors of the Unified Modeling Language to write the definitive guide to it? Booch, Jacobson, and Rumbaugh have answered the call with this book describing UML syntax, semantics, and diagrams with great detail.

Throughout the book, the authors draw parallels to building architecture for corresponding UML elements for software architecture. There's effective use of two-color printing to distinguish metadiscourse and metadiagrams from actual UML diagrams.

And it's deep: VERY deep. The authors explore nearly every use of every UML element, covering things that most users of UML will never use. In that regard, this book makes a better reference manual than a user's guide. I'd recommend getting this book to sit on the shelf when you have questions or want to solve an ambiguity, but stick with Martin Fowler's "UML Distilled" for the core UML that you'll use day-to-day.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Reference Manual is a better buy
I have read both the User's Guide and the Reference Manual, which are generally intended to be bought as a pair. The Reference Manual is better organized, and is an invaluable resource for anyone who does a lot of UML modeling.

This book, however, is just a dump of UML information, fairly ecletic but not always in sufficient depth. It is good information, but the poor organization makes it useless after the initial reading.

If you are looking to learn UML, it IS possible to get a good feel for it from this book. However, something like "UML for Dummies" will also give you a good introduction, at a better price. If you will be modeling a lot, and want a deep understanding of UML, then it would be wiser to buy the Reference Manual instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars More powerful than a barbiturate
The guys who essentially invented UML wrote this book-the infamous 'Three Amigos'. You would think that given that their book is about design they would have taken the time to make it visually appealing. Needless to say I should have judged this book by its cover. It sucked.

To start with each chapter begins with an analogy on how building a house is like software design. When I started the book the analogy seemed appropriate, by chapter 31 I wanted to break someone's nose.

Outside of the horrible cover design and redundant analogies the book is poorly organized. The book constantly refers to terms that it doesn't expound upon or for that matter define anywhere. For example, the authors refer over and over again to CRC Cards, but they're not defined anywhere in the book. What's worse, however, are the partially defined lists. For example the authors go to the trouble of informing you that there are four kinds of events in UML, but only bother to discuss three of them. Maddening!

The chapters don't really follow a logical flow. The Three Amigos constantly skip backwards and forward throughout the book. In the side margins, almost as an afterthought they have included chapter references in blue type. If you follow the chapter references you're reading all over the place. Moreover, and perhaps most annoying of all is when they keep referring to concepts that they cover later in the book. I was paranoid that I day dreamed my way over the whole concept of the state machine until I discovered it nested away in chapter 21.

Last but not least, the book is poorly written. Seriously, if you have to read this piece of crap you better brew a big pot of coffee. Technical literature can be a bit dry at times, but this is an exceptionally horrid piece of work.

Death to the Three Amigos and a pox on Rational for hiring them!

Don't buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not a tutorial
This book is *not* a tutorial. People wanting to learn and use UML quickly should look elsewhere (such as "UML - a beginner's guide" by Jason T. Roff).

However, the book is a serious piece of work on the UML subject coming from the most authorized voices on the topic.

The book is rather for people with good experience in OOP and some experience in UML. ... Read more

31. C# How to Program
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-14)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
If you want to learn C# painlessly, read this book. After reading tis book, I not only could write C# programs, but understood the .Net framework better.

This book is packed with solid information on the C# language and the .Net framework, but the Author's writing style is so easy-going, it wasn't difficult for my brain to absorb.

The Author explains all aspects of the C# language clearly and precisely, and give lots of good real world examples that can be used for future reference. Once you finish this book, you will have a solid foundation for your .Net future!!.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great book from the Deitel team
Superb. This book shows how it should be done. It covers just about everthing you need to know about C# - web services, XML, database access - it's all here in one book.

The many examples illustrate the concepts very well, and I particularly like the useful tips, 'common programming errors' and 'good programming practice' advice.

Surprisingly, the material is also accessible to people new to programming. There's sufficient introductory material (which experienced programmers can skip over) to allow program novices to start programming with C# - no need to start with Basic in a DOS window!

I have a few other books on C#, but this is easily the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellen Book for the Serious Professional
There is nothing superficial about C# - How to Program. This book is a rigorous and thorough treatment of the C# language from ground zero to proficiency, should you decide to read the entire 1250 pages, and program the practice exercises. This book is very well written, and could easily be used for a college-level course in computer science. As a self-study guide, you cannot help but to learn the C# language, as well as adopt good programming and software engineering techniques. The presentation of each software snippet follows a rigorous software engineering discipline that build good technique that can only help you in a code walkthrough and in debugging your own software. If you stick with the book, and use C#.Net (for an additional $100 - street price) you can learn the basics of C# and probably do 98% of the things you would need to do with the language.
If you read the other reviews, you can see that they run hot and cold. It seems to me that the reviews with the most stars are from people who want a thorough knowledge of C#, and the ones with fewer stars are from people who have treated the book superficially, or wanted a "quick fix" to the difficult issue of learning a programming language. If you want to KNOW C#, buy this book and STUDY it. If you want to just be familiar with C#, try something else.
I found this book is very well written, and I highly recommend it! It is better than the books I have seen from MS Press, and others.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only way to learn c#
I am a huge fan of the how to program series, it is how I learned java. Since the how to learn java 2nd was rock solid, it was a no brainer for me to pick this book for c#. The line by line explanation of the code and tons of live examples are the key to learning as far as I am concerned (a newbie to c#). I am on ch 18 of this book and have written my own tools library (a wishlist of handy internet tools I have always wanted) and file back up and file syncronization manager (no way am I spending 25 bucks for an off the shelf app!). The book has a few code errors but that is no biggee, I was easily able to figure out solutions (plus that is when I knew I had learned something -- I when started catching mistakes) HEHE!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Bad Book
I cannot stand the way the book is layed out. Bolding words throught their text that have no real stand out value is what really ticks me. An there detail is bad.... example is variable types, there is about 2 lines on the subject.

I had an issue on dataset and datatable, its non existant in the text.

I can't believe I spent $85 on this text. ... Read more

32. Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
by Bruce Eckel
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5-0 out of 5 stars Concepts and specifics explained well
Bruce Eckel has found the model to produce a near-perfect book. The evolutionary approach of "publishing" on the web with the "release early and often" open source paradigm has served well. Indeed, this is a wonderful example of stepwise refinement.

As a longtime programmer, getting re-acquainted with Java, Eckel is able to fuse conceptual theory with practical examples. The code is just the right nugget size to make each example fully understandable. His writing style is professional, authoritative yet doesn't suffer from condescension. In addition, the "simpletest.Test" class is a welcome bonus that can be leveraged for unit testing in real-world applications.

My only criticism involves the presentation in hard-copy form. Perhaps because he used MS Word XP, some of the characters weren't rendered properly in the camera-ready pages he provided to Prentice-Hall. (See the table at the top of page 87 for an example). That aside, this is a a must-have in your Java library.

5-0 out of 5 stars The thinking person's java book
This book is not "Teach Yourself Java while watching TV" or "Learn Java in 3 minutes a day" - this is really more of a comparison to many other languages, along with lucid explanations of java's unique features. You should have some programming experience before picking up this book. C++ or smalltalk experience would be helpful. Any structured language though would be good to get started. The reason you should have SOME background is that the author spends a lot of time drawing parallels between java and other languages, and it helps to have some perspective. At least if you don't know about the language he's talking about, then at least you can fill in the language of your choice and try to draw your own parallel. The chapters on garbage collection and exceptions were very helpful. Serialization became clear to me. Good coverage of the difference between the stack and the heap and why you have to "new" a class but not a primitive data type.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best technical reference I own
I'm a software engineer and I obviously read and studied various books on diffirent programming languages. My biggest claim to fame is C Programming, but I thought about object orientation for a long time and that's how I came across "Thinking in Java".

I Downloaded the book and even printed it and eventually bought a proper copy, because I was convinced it should be on my bookshelf. After reading the firts couple of chapters I have to admit that for the first time I really do understand object orientation through the clear and concise explanation backed up by good examples given on the subject.

Any one interested in Java should defenately own this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interested in Java? Buy just this book!
A lot was told by other reviewers. I jut want to confirm that this is an amazing book. The teaching model is excelent. I think it is the only book you need to buy to start writing Java code.

5-0 out of 5 stars masterpiece in teaching!
I consider myself quite experienced in Java but from the moment I started this book I couldn't put it down. The reason is such clarity in logic and simplicity in explanation of sometimes very complicated subjects, which by itself is an art. I believe that anybody with just basic knowledge of software development will understand the innerworkings of Java described in this book. It explains not just the semantics of the language but also a philosophy and logic behind certain decisions. I believe that a reader will get not only a guidance about practical aspects of programming in Java (which this book certainly provides) but he will also become a better software designerin general.
I see that Bruce Eckel has two more books related to Java (about patterns and enterprise Java - unfortunately there are only electronic versions) that are available on his web site. I am looking forward to reading them. ... Read more

33. The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
by Bjarne Stroustrup
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com/~bs/) have been added. The result is complete, authoritative coverage of the C++ language, its standard library, and key design techniques. Based on the ANSI/ISO C++ standard, The C++ Programming Language provides current and comprehensive coverage of all C++ language features and standard library components.

For example:

abstract classes as interfacesclass hierarchies for object-oriented programmingtemplates as the basis for type-safe generic softwareexceptions for regular error handlingnamespaces for modularity in large-scale softwarerun-time type identification for loosely coupled systemsthe C subset of C++ for C compatibility and system-level workstandard containers and algorithmsstandard strings, I/O streams, and numericsC compatibility, internationalization, and exception safety

Bjarne Stroustrup makes C++ even more accessible to those new to the language, while adding advanced information and techniques that even expert C++ programmers will find invaluable. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best single source on the C++ Language
I wish I had found this book years earlier. It would have saved me numerous hours of wasting time in various forums and asking people about technical aspects of C++. This book simply has it all. I stronly suggest that you first learn the language thorugh some other source or a book that is designed for learning the language from the ground up and then spend some time writing various programs and experiment with the language for a while (say at least a year) until you become comfortable with it. Then get this book and read it front to back and you will discover how things exactly work in C++ and you will appreciate the power that the language give you. This is in no way a tutorial for learning the language. I am not saying this to scare anyone off form buying this (I remember if anyone would say this same sentence to me I would get the book purposely!!) But it would be little to none use to someone who doesn't have enough knowledge about programming. So if you are comfortable with various tools that C++ has and want to get the big picture, then buy this book and you can go over it like a newspaper and still get "a lot" out of it. This is simply the best ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars the bible
You are a C++ programmer - you own this book. If you don't, buy it, buy it right now. This is the reference work on C++, written by the original creator of the language himself: Bjarne Stroustrup. Although this isn't a book for beginners the text is very readable and concise. I particularly liked the code examples he gives, because they are not of your usual 'hello world' text book quality, but rather examples taken from the real world. He also doesn't commit the crime of many authors of presenting code with remarks like this: "this is not the way you should do it, you'll learn the correct way later". Bjarne isn't the die-hard, everything must be object oriented type of guy (that is a good thing!), thus presenting the more traditional style of procedural programming first. While still taking advantage of the OO facilities of C++, like stream IO for example, he doesn't overwhelm you with the responsibility of designing proper classes from page one. In the more philosophical chapters about design and 'the importance of the individual' the author demonstrates a very rational, non-preaching point of view backed up with lots of real world experience.
No compromises, this book is a must have.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best reference, the worst introduction
A friend gave me this book. I have used it only in times where I already had done what I wanted to do, I just could't remember exactly how to do it. Implication: this is a horrible book from which to learn. If you don't know how to do something in C++, you won't learn it here. However; if you want to remember something, the detail in this book makes it an indespensible reference.

More positively, this book covers everything I have ever eneded to know, and I imagine it covers everything there is to know about C++. I think anyone who writes in C++ needs this on the shelf; for Christ's sake, Stroustrup wrote the freakin language!

Bottom line: Learn it first, buy this book for reference later.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must have reference
You must have this, need I say more? The only gripe is that it's not really geared towards the beginner, and is intended more as a reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars "This is not music for the masses"
Finally a book for the rest of us.

A programmer ... Read more

34. Word 2003 for Dummies
by DanGookin
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* The top-selling beginner's book on Word, the world's most widely used PC application, fully updated for Microsoft's new Office 2003
* Walks readers through the tips, tricks, and wizards that make Word easy to use, showing new users the essentials of building, reviewing, and adding cool new features to Word documents
* Gets Word users up to speed quickly on new features and basic elements of the program, making them more productive in less time
* Written by the author of DOS For Dummies (0764503610), the original For Dummies book, and PCs For Dummies (0764508380), a perennial top-seller-a writer whose entertaining, easy-to-understand style has taken the confusion out of computers for millions
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1-0 out of 5 stars Thick, cant understand, bad book
I bought word for dummies and XP for dummies nad they are both horrible. The books are too thick for just word, I feel stupider reading for dummies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dan computer author around!
I wasn't sure which Word 2003 book to buy because there are a lot to choose form. So I checked around to see which author could help me the best. No contest. I had no idea how many awesome computer books Dan Gooken had written! The best new thing about Word 2003 has to be what you can do with smart tag now. It's great to be able to customize them. ... Read more

35. Mastering Windows 2000 Server (4th Edition)
by Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs
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-The complete guide to enterprise networking with Windows 2000! -Number-one Windows authority Mark Minasi teaches you the secrets for building trouble free Windows 2000 networks. -Covers through the third Service Pack. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tome
Being a new systems engineer in a large-scale mixed-mode environment, I have already discovered how useful the information contained in this book actually is. I didn't purchase this book for 'exam cram' purposes but to thoroughly understand the hows and whys of Windows 2000 Server. Perhaps Minasi's name helps sell the books but who cares? It's not important to me who wrote the book as long as the information contained therein is accurate and useful. The included CD-ROM with the entire book in searcheable .pdf format is great - I just toss it into my laptop bag and it's a handy reference on the go. I especially appreciate the fact that the book also provides a brief history of NT to help us understand how we got to where we are today with Windows 2000. From what I've seen so far, there is no doubt that this book will help me become a far better systems engineer. Thanks Sybex!

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold
This is the book that made me wonder how come all those other technical books make learning Windows 2000 such a difficult and confusing task. I was lucky though since this was my first book on Windows 2000 and I got it at a time when I really needed to get to grips with it fast.

With absolutely no experience in Windows NT 4, networking or administration, I had to learn Windows 2000 Server and the theory at the same time, including DNS, WINS, DHCP, TCP/IP, Active Directory, scalability and security. I literally read the whole thing over a weekend and went ahead the following week to single handedly set up a Windows 2000 based LAN for a small company, and was able to easily cope with all their demands. The network was soon up and running with the Active Directory, DNS, WINS, DHCP and TCP/IP in perfect working order. It is no exaggeration to say I owe the project's success to this book alone.

Mark and his team's writing style make reading it a pleasure. Depth of content gives you a deep feeling of satisfaction that you've covered the subject thoroughly and gained a very clear picture. This is the book by which I judge the quality of other books on Windows 2000 topics, and I have yet to find one that contained something this book didn't tell you and nowhere near as clearly or comprehensively. I have not yet needed to look at another book on Windows 2000 Server, and nor do I think I will.

The book starts out with an introduction to Active Directory, installation (local and remote), the MMC, the Registry, Hardware installation and Storage Management, followed by Managing User and Computer Accounts, File Sharing, Software Installation, Network Printing, Connecting PC Clients and Macintoshes, Terminal Services, How Running a Big Windows 2000 network is different, Novell Netware Integration, a massive 250 pages on TCP/IP in Windows 2000, Internet Information Services, Tuning and Monitoring, Backup and Disaster Recovery, the Remote Access Service and ends with a handy appendix explaining over 30 of the most useful Performance Objects that can be used in the Performance Monitor.

Mark Minasi has deep insider's knowledge of the product and you can sense his enthusiasm as he shares his knowledge with you, leaving nothing out and all with a light touch of humour and very well organised. This is the best book on Windows 2000 Server and I would especially recommmend it to those just starting out, although I'm sure it's every serious administrator's essential Windows 2000 companion too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding...a wealth of knowledge
First I should say that I've read quite a few tech books, as I'm in the business, and I've purchased quite a few from amazon. Some books have been good and others not so good. This is the first one that has ever prompted me to write a review.

Mr. Minasi has achieved quite an accomplishment with Mastering Windows 2000 Server. I am in the process of reading cover-to-cover (and there's a lot of space in between those covers!), currently about half way through, and this is honestly the only computer book I've read thus far that has not left me with one question. As you read through this massive tome, it's as if Mr. Minasi is reading your mind and the answer to the very question you've been conjuring is no farther away than the next page. His writing style is also a delight, keeping your interest from one page to the next (that's not an easy thing to do when your explaining such topics as group policy or creating the proper DNS infrastructure).

Near the beginning of the book the authot explains that the book is not meant for MCSA/MCSE preparation. However, I'll be going for these exams very soon, and I already feel like my knowledge on the topics contained in this text have increased exponentially. I wouldn't think of becoming 2K certified without consulting the high points of Mastering first.

In short...the $50 you drop on this monster will repay you tenfold in the knowledge that you'll get out of it. You won't be dissapointed!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great explanations of stuff I know nothing about
This book is great. He makes complex concepts easy to understand. I highly recommend this book. I have read his Mastering NT Server book and it is equally as good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mega Tomb Has About Everything
In embarking on the path to learning system administration, I find this book invaluable. This humungous tomb is packed with just about everything imaginable in administering Windows 2000 Server. I looked at other books, and found that they are more focused on Microsoft certification, but is more useful for getting the job done, not passing a test.

Some of the things I like were excellent sections on support for legacy systems, even profile support for DOS-based Windows (Win 95/98/Me) and Windows NT OSes (3.x and 4.x). There's also coverage on nice features like creating MSI packages, terminal services, macintosh support, smtp services, etc.

Some things I wish were there, even if only an appendix or a small section, would be coverage of command line tools like netsh, net, netstat, tracert, ipconfig, etc., scripting with perl/vbs/jscript with MSI, ADSI, WSH, etc., and some notes on registry tweaks like turning off certain annoying "features" like APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing), toggling encryption for SMB authentication, etc.

Overall, if you do anything with W2K Server, this book is absolutely a must. If you are in a shop using Win 2K/XP/2K3 and older legacy systems Win 9X/Me/NT, then this book is very useful as well. ... Read more

36. Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
by Grady Booch
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In this eagerly awaited second edition, Grady Booch draws upon the rich and varied results of those projects and offers improved methods for object development and a new, unified notation.With numerous examples implemented in C++, Booch illustrates essential concepts, explains the method, and shows successful applications in a variety of fields.Booch also givespragmatic advice on a host of issues, including classification, implementation strategies, and cost-effective project management.A two-time winner of Software Development's coveted Jolt Cola Product Excellence Award! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An important book
Ignore the remarks about ego or over-rated, I found this book not easy to understand for a beginning student of Object Oriented Methodology, and I will have to re-read it. This is a very important book for all concerned, and is often quoted by Steve McConnell in his equally important "Code Complete" and "Rapid Development." Grady Booch refers quite often to real world object-oriented application models, to thinking along that line for solving real-world problems, and uses plenty of code examples from several different OOP languages including Smalltalk and C++. The goals of the book as outlined in the preface are to provide a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of the object model, to facilitate the mastery of the notation and process of object-oriented analysis and design, and to teach the realistic application of object oriented development within a variety of problem domains. Last time I looked, this book is a listed selection for ICCP CCP certification, the mother of all certifications, and the choice of U.S. Armed Forces and Government Agencies. I personally prefer more interactive type of books that ease the student into the subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars A book on *using* OOP

After reading some of the less flattering reviews of this book, it seems that many reviewers were expecting a book on object-oriented programming in general. If you want to learn how program, this is not the book for you. This book is about *using* object-oriented techniques to architect systems. The content you should take away from it is entirely independent of any particular language.

Some of the steps in becoming a good OOP programmer/architect are listed below (1 & 2 are often combined):

1. learn an OO language
2. learn OOP
3. learn how to *use* OOP

Step three is where this book and, for example, books on object-oriented design patterns (GoF) come in. Just because because you know what classes and inheritance are does not mean you will use them effectively. I cannot emphasise the importance of step 3 enough when architecting applications. If you are a coder, simply knowing OOP is fine, as an architect it is simply not enough.

In terms of organization, the book starts simple and builds on previous chapters in a very organized way. In the first chapter Booch delves into the philosophy of OOP and complex systems. This kind of broad introduction serves well as a way to show where OO analysis and design stand relative to other engineering disciplines.

The only problem I had with the book is the fact that it is a bit dated. It does not use UML (although what it uses is very similar) and even has a chapter devoted to client/server computing. (however, it also has a chapter on AI). If it were not for this its datedness, I would have easily given it 5/5.

Overall a great book from one of the father's of modern objected oriented analysis/design.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic well worth the read
This is a very good book on the subjects of OOA/OOD. It emphasizes concepts and has a strong academic flavor, which I appreciate "accidentally." Although the particular C++ programming language is not the focus, you need to know a least some C++ to understand the example code snippets, which helps you grasp the concepts.

The Booch notations used were for historical reason; the book was published before the standardization of UML. In most cases, the reader can mentally translate (pretty easy) the diagrams in the book to UML while reading it. Now that Rational had been bought by IBM, hopefully the author will have time to update (or perhaps even rewrite a whole new edition of) this classic.

This book is not for 3rd grade students! It is for IT professionals already familiary with some form of development that can benefit from an OO development perspective. If people are looking for a 1+1 = 2 books, then go back to kindergarden.

I've read a few bashing remarks about this book being illegible and unnecessarily confusing. It is not. I read most of this book, and i must say it is a great reference on Object-Oriented design considerations.

He makes every attempt to give real world examples in his writing, something even a cat could probably make out.

3-0 out of 5 stars Why does it have to be so hard?
This book contains quite a lot of essential information about OOAD.

Too bad that the author makes no effort to explain it clearly. In fact I feel that the author made every effort to explain things in the hardest way possible. It might be a tactic to discourage the casual reader. It might be that the author thinks that making things easy to understand would degrade and spoil the fun of learning such difficult concepts.

Whatever the reason personally I think that if you have to write a book you should make it easy for your readers to understand what you want to say. Too bad because I think that the book is well rounded and contains a lot of useful data.

Buy it only if you have plenty of time to read the book carefully, over and over again. ... Read more

37. Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
by Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
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While there is a plethora of books available that provide tips on Web design, most authors leave a significant gap between the theory and practice--a gap that is left up to the reader to fill. Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed boldly steps into that gap with specific observations and suggestions backed with solid quantitative analysis. This book focuses only on home page design as the most important point of presence for any Web site.

This definitive work is coauthored by Jakob Nielsen--the accepted industry expert in Web usability--and Marie Tahir, an expert in user profiling. Their collaboration has produced a guide of such rare practical benefit that Web designers will likely wear out their first copy scouring the pages to savor every last morsel of wisdom.

The book begins with a chapter of precise guidelines that serve as a checklist of the features and functionality to include on your home page. The specifics found in categories such as "revealing content through examples" and "graphic design" will quickly hook you and whet your appetite for more. These guidelines are followed up with hard statistics and an examination of the ominous Jakob's Law: "Users spend most of their time on other sites than your site." Here you'll find some interesting statistics about how various conventions like search, privacy policies, and logos are used.

All this leads up to the showcase element of the book--a systematic deconstruction of 50 of the most popular home pages on the Web. The authors painstakingly pick apart each in an uncompromising autopsy of usability. Each site is graphically analyzed for its use of real estate and summarized with the frankness only found from true experts. Then each section of the home page is bulleted and analyzed for potential improvements.

It's a bold move to offer a critique of industry-standard Web sites such as Yahoo, CNET, and eBay, but the authors have done such a fine job that the designers of those sites will surely make reading this book a high priority. For the rest of us, this work will serve as an invaluable gospel. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: Design guidelines, convention usage, screen real estate, navigation, content presentation, search facilities, links, graphics and animation, advertising, news, customization, and customer feedback. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Love JN or hate him, you have to read Homepage Usability
A decent overview of the corporate homepage as first impression, with its own conventions and caveats.

Drawbacks: Each page -- all 50 of 'em -- is critiqued in unprioritized detail, the book's worst oversight. Most developers have mission-critical tasks, and some of JN's pronouncements are nothing but opinion, not proofs backed up by research. Minor proofing errors just aren't on the same level as critical path architectures, and the book doesn't differentiate this for readers.

Sheer volume does work in one area, however: the most interesting part of the book is the appendix, which offers side-by-side comparisons of all 50 sites that zoom in on particular aspects of design: page titles and taglines, screen real estate breakdowns, search features, and more. These comparisons reveal the homepage as a landscape with its own map, for good or ill.

The best reason for a web professional to read this book is that most decisionmakers for corporate websites will read this and declare expertise. It's good to be armed -- and love him or hate him, JN is quoted often enough that he can't be ignored. So read it, but make sure to pursue alternate points of view.

5-0 out of 5 stars A year later, it continues to be useful!
It's been over a year now since I first read and reviewed this book, co-authored by the world's guru on Web Usability, Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir. Still it provides incredible advice on what to do and what not to do on a Homepage. As much criticism as the author's seem to throw at web sites, if you read it, think Jay Leno and have fun! Don't take it personally and THINK whether you might be making the same mistakes on your own web site. For instance, a number of the sites featured in the book are still (even after subsequent redesigns) incurring in the same mistakes, some of them not even related to Web Design, but rather to Marketing at large. In fact, one of the most common ones continues to be the lack of an effective tag line that explains clearly what the site/company is about. After over a year, it's surprising how useful this book can continue to be, in spite of the very dynamic nature of the Web.

As a Web Project Manager, this book is a continuous reference for ideas and pitfall watchouts. Plus it is a very helpful guide to educate staff in areas outside of IT about why certain ideas for a web site don't quite work, while others have gotten to the point of becoming web design standards. Get it: it can become your biggest ally! ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Colorful and brilliant!
This book do exactly what it states - deconstruct 50 of the best websites HOMEPAGES. It does not go into detail about the inner pages or usability errors other then those which appear at the first page.

Jakob explanations are clear, written well and to-the-point, and the way the book is presented is admirable.

Get this book for the ability to point and fix any usability issue on any homepage you will ever visit/build.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book - EXCELLENT!
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:
If you don't have this book, you're missing out on your single-most-important investment in your professional life!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT EXAMPLES!
For you who wants to find FACTS and not only theories about usability, this is great! ... Read more

38. XML How to Program (1st Edition)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, T. R. Nieto, Ted Lin, Praveen Sadhu
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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, some clarity!
I have a pile of XML books on my desk. They all seem to assume too much or assume to little. Those written at my level appear to be written with the "stream of consciousness" approach to technical authoring. This book is a breath of fresh air. As a novice with only a basic understanding of XML, I jumped right into the chapter on schemas and felt I had a very strong grasp of it in just an evening. Every topic was explained with clarity, and, yet it did not seem too slow or dull. The code samples included line-by-line explanations. If I got it just by looking at the sample, I could move on. Otherwise, the explanations were there to illuminate the sample for me. The review and exercises at the end of each chapter follow the collegiate textbook formula. Why is it a formula? Because it works! What a sense of accomplishment to get to the end and be able to answer the questions and perform the suggested exercises.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not enough to the reputation of Deitel's
I like the way Deitel teaches. I always got much help from C, C++ and java from Deitels's How to Program series. But this one is not satifactoty. Even though this book's title is xml, contents about xml technoligies are not dealt with sufficiently. Some chapters contain the introduction to asp,cgi,perl and java. The introduction to those technologies are easy to get on internet and in other books. The authors should deal with core xml technologies.
The Deitel's series are of college-text- book-sytle.I guess xml is not for college course style. If you are new to xml from non programming experience or the other programming lanuguage. I recommend the XML in a nutshell by Rusy Harold.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for self-teaching, barely good for classroom
I recently took an XML class at my university, and Deitel's "XML How to Program" was our textbook.

I have to say, it's one of my least-favorite XML books--nay, one of my least-favorite *computer* books overall.

Sure, it's thick and heavy, something many geeks like in a book (myself included). But within the covers are sometimes rambling discussions about a particular topic that leave you still wondering what you were supposed to learn, while other sections get cut short just when things are getting interesting.

My biggest beef: You won't be able to complete some of the exercises without the use of outside resources. Of course, multiple sources are great for any project, but you should certainly be able to answer a book's exercises with just that book! (Specifically, one exercise was within the XSLT chapter, and deals with a number-type element.)

When I was assigned to write an essay on a topic, XML Topic Maps, I first consulted the book. Only a couple of paragraphs as I recall. RDF, an up-and-coming XML technology, gets nary a page.

Mind you, there is a bit of good in the book, mainly with the introductory material. It's a bit Java-centric, but that's to be expected, and there is a decent Java primer in the back of the book. I also appreciate the code samples on both the CD-ROM and Deitel's Web site.

I wanted to like the book, but I found it useless for most of the projects I was working on. In a different class, we used Marchal's "XML by Example, 2/e", and I vastly prefer that book over this one. Especially with the price of the Deitel book, I can't recommend this one to anyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very clear, good learning book - not perfect though.
I much enjoyed this book as the presentation of complex topics is made very clear. I feel that this book helped me to understand several topics that I never fully understood before (for instance XLink).

Generally the approach in this book is to give a clear and concise coverage of each important topics. This is the best approach to learn but reader should be aware that the coverage is not exhaustive enough for the book to serve as reference. In fact I would have prefered that the author added complete reference on several topics (XML DOM, XPath, XSLT, XSLFO) instead of the 'bonus programming chapter'.

The book is catered for programmers. As a result the table of content will satisfy programmers (unlike many beginning XML books it gives ample coverage of XML APIs) but examples are sometimes non-trivial and written in high-level programming languages. Although generally, it must be said that effort has been made to use various programming languages (i.e. Perl, Java, ASP, etc) so that everybody should find some useful examples.

I would have prefered additional coverage of XML services, SOAP, etc. Also, I found that several chapters (Programming java, programming Perl, etc.), while not useless, were clearly off topic and added to fill-in pages. Only other criticism is that the book is really quite expensive. However, it is one of the best book to LEARN xml (even though you may require additional reference to use it).

One last thing: do not buy the CD ROM training kit of the book. The CD ROM included is very disappointing.

Edit: I wrote this review a while back. Since then, I revisited the book and I must say that it does appear dated. In particular the coverage of schema (an important topic) fails to suitably cover the W3C Schema recommendation and focusses mostly on Microsoft's version of schema which are now hardly used. For this reason, I would recommend another book instead (for instance, Beginning XML from Wrox) until the publisher comes with an updated edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars GET THIS BOOK! Wonderful format, etc
This book was written in easily understood jargon that helped take the mystery out of XML programming for me. Additionally, the links to actual working code allowed me the opportunity to watch it work. The self review and tests at the end of each chapter really ensures that you get everything out of the chapter that you need to continue on. Loved it. You will, too. ... Read more

39. Windows XP Pro : The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition
by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, L.J. Zacker
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With the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft latest and most reliable corporate desktop operating system now provides better protection against viruses, worms, and malicious hackers. SP2 includes Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center. But it still comes without a single page of printed instructions.This superbly written guide fills the gap. Coauthored by David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist and Missing Manuals creator, Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual uses wit, technical insight, and scrupulous objectivity to light the way for first-time and intermediate network and standalone PC users. In fact, this jargon-free book explains XP's features so clearly revealing which work well and which don't that it should have been in the box in the first place.The book reveals which features work well and which don't, such as the Remote Desktop software that enables people to connect to the office from home, the encryption file system that protects sensitive information, and the Windows Messenger that enables real-time text, voice and video communication. Contents include:

  • Getting started. The book's early chapters cover using menus, finding lost files, reducing window clutter, and taming the new, multi-column Start menu.
  • Mastering the network. Special chapters help you navigate the corporate network, dial in from the road, and even set up your own small-office (peer-to-peer) network, step by step.
  • Understanding security. User accounts, file encryption, and the NTFS file system keep your private files private, while still offering network access to coworkers you specify.
  • Flying the Net. This book demystifies Outlook Express 6 for email, Internet Explorer 6 for Web browsing, and the new Windows Messenger for voice, chat, and video conferencing.
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual isn't for system administrators or OS theory geeks; it's for the novice or budding power user who wants to master the machine and get down to work. Yet, anyone who uses XP Pro (including hardcore techies) will find this new system much easier-- and more fun--to digest with this new Missing Manual. ... Read more

40. Photoshop CS Bible
by DekeMcClelland, Deke McClelland
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"I’ve learned more from Deke’s Photoshop Bible than any Photoshop book, ever."
– Scott Kelby, President, National Association of Photoshop Professionals

"When someone asks me something I don’t know about Photoshop, I tell them to go read the Photoshop Bible. It does something no other book does – it tells you everything."
– Russell Preston Brown, Senior Creative Director, Adobe Systems

World-renowned Photoshop expert and Hall of Famer Deke McClelland has earned more than 20 industry awards and written over 60 books on computer graphics and design with more than 3 million copies in print. Now, in this thoroughly updated edition of his international bestseller, McClelland shows you how to master every aspect of Photoshop CS – from image-editing basics to new techniques for working with the File Browser, layer comps, Lens Blur, Match Color, the color replacement tool, customizable keyboard shortcuts, camera raw images, and more.

  • Get creative with text on a path
  • Give bad color the slip with the Match Color command
  • Give images a colorful new look with the color replacement tool
  • Create depth-of-field effects with the Lens Blur filter
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lives Up to Its Name
I have struggled with Photoshop for years. Now mind you, I'm not a graphics professional, but I need good raster graphics for software and video projects that I produce.

As anyone who has picked up Photoshop can tell you, it's anything but intuitive. Incredibly powerful, but hardly something one can pick up by groping around. I slogged through the Photoshop Classroom In A Book when I tried Photoshop 6, and it was adequate, but not comprehensive enough.

A month ago, I decided to give Photoshop one more try, so I upgraded to Photosohop CS and bought this book. I love both the program and the book. Photosohp is still as unintuitive as ever, but McClelland's book does a nice job of explaining the basics and then providing walk-throughs for most of the tasks one would normally perform in Photoshop.

I put the book to the test compositing a photograph with a dingy gray sky to a shot of a blue sky with white, puffy clouds. The original photograph has large areas of sky showing through trees, and I had never been able to re-sky a picture that complex. Using masking and color range selections, I got the task done in about fifteen minutes flat. Needless to say, I was impressed. I'm beginning to understand why people get hooked on Photoshop.

If you're a novice to intermediate user, or if you are looking for a ready reference for tasks you don't perform very often, then this book is well worth a look. It has earned a prominent place on my bookshelf. ... Read more

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