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41. Robin Williams Design Workshop
by Robin Williams, John Tollett
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Asin: 0201700883
Catlog: Book (2000-10-20)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 29090
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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If you just stumbled into design, maybe via a hobby that grew into acareer, and you want to improve your work without having to enroll in a degreeprogram, this book can bridge some of the gaps in your acumen. Not really aprimer on basic facts, Design Workshop is more like a guide to style.

The first chapter quizzes readers on mostly technical, basic details of design(like dpi), all of which can be found in Williams's previous publications (forexample, The Non-Designer'sDesign Book). Readers will be dismayed, possibly annoyed, that the quizanswers are not provided. Even if not knowing the answers means that you needremedial help, it feels like a bit of a tease.

The next chapters show how to use stock images, or your own images, to increasethe visual impact of your piece (basically through an increase in contrast). Thebest part of this section, and the book as a whole, is the "before-and-after"approach in the examples; they're like a series of makeovers. The captionseffectively describe what was changed in the image, and how it improved thedesign.

The book applies a similar set of makeovers to various types of design projects:logos, forms, newsletters, tables of contents, etc. In the final section, sevendesigners, including coauthor Tollett, break down the process that they wentthrough on a job of their own.

Self-taught graphic designers probably would make the best audience for thisbook, but designers who are of their own "school of thought" might find faultwith some of the tenets that are put forth. Graphic design by nature is asubjective enterprise--at the mercy of "styles." What you get in this book ismore of a "desktop-publisher style" (many of the drawings are clip art, forexample). There's a lack of sophistication in the design of the book, as well asin the illustrations of posters, letterheads, advertisements, and otherapplications that are used as examples. On the other hand, this same open, naivelook gives the book an inviting appeal, and makes it perhaps a bit less dauntingthan style guides, such as Robert Bringhurst'sThe Elements of TypographicStyle, that are intended for die-hard professionals. --AngelynnGrant

Topics covered:

Style advice for design projects, including:

  • Logos
  • Business cards and letterhead
  • Invoices and forms
  • Advertising
  • Billboards
  • Web sites
  • Tables of contents and indices
  • Newsletters and brochures
  • Flyers
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!!
This is an easy read, cover to cover. Large colorful image examples and lots of space around text make the read easy and enjoyable. I love color examples especially when the subject is design. This is a great design reference and all around great book.

This was a definite idea generator. Working with web design, I find it difficult to find books that focus more on design aspects, and this book touches on many design aspects including web design, brochures, and all kinds of things! The Web design workshop book is more focused on web design, but this is an excellent companion to generate ideas and get great design concepts and ideas to keep in mind for any medium!

I love this book and the Web design workshop and can't wait to read more from the authors! I appreciate the layout of the book and the way it was made easy to follow. I hate reading books that are too technical and full of text from top to bottom, and this book was so refreshing because it's just the opposite! The authors also kept in mind that some readers would be experienced designers and some beginners and accommodate us all with style and grace. Thanks Robin and John!

5-0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams Design Workshop
This book was very insightful. I am a desktop publishing professional and was looking for ideas for website design. This book enlightened me to the many considerations in designing for paper distribution versus web publishing. It asked questions on a number of design topics and based upon your expertise level, the author directed you to other references. The illustrations were great. I am going to purchase The Non-Designers Design Book and The Non-Designers Web Book by Robin Williams and John Tollett.

4-0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams Design Workshop
I found this book very informative and interesting. It had a lot of useful information, and the info was presented in a very "reader-friendly" format. There were a lot of examples in the book used to prove a point, instead of a 'just take it for granted' procedure. The book was simple and straightforward but not boring. The book was written 'to' the audience, with words like 'you' and 'your' instead of 'one' or 'some designers'. It really made the book have a personal impact.

On the other hand, the book wasn't 'all encompassing', like it seemed to be. Many references to previous books by the author showed that this was a book for most people. I would have added more to the book instead of constantly referring to previous books, if I was the author. Also, in the book, questions are asked to the reader, but there aren't answers printed anywhere in the book, which can be confusing.

Personally, I would rate this book as an 8 on a scale of 1-10. It was a great book to read and it taught me a lot. It could have had more 'guts', but it was very well written. I would definitely suggest this book to others, if they were interested in design. It was well worth my time and a good book to 'keep on file!'

By M.L.Conklin

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas and an easy-read book!
I had to buy this book for a design class in college and now that I am out of college, I still use it for ideas on projects and inspiration. Robin writes in a very easy to understand language and gives you lots and lots of pictures to illustrate what she is saying... the WHOLE book is full of colored photos! I liked this book so much, I decided to purchase Robin Williams Web Design Workshop.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas!
I have really enjoyed this book. Being a designer, I sometimes need ideas to help get me going, and this book provides it in spades. I really like the way that the author took some ideas from concept, through to completion. It really provides a great insight into the designer's mind. I wholeheartly recommend this book! ... Read more

42. Internet & World Wide Web How to Program (3rd Edition) (How to Program)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Andrew B. Goldberg
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Asin: 0131450913
Catlog: Book (2003-11-24)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 19203
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The goal of Deitel & Associates, Inc.'s Internet & World Wide Web How to Program, 3/e is to introduce readers with little or no programming experience to the exciting world of Web-based applications. This comprehensive book with accompanying CD-ROM teaches the fundamentals needed to program on the Internet. Readers will be well-prepared to build real-world, industrial-strength, Web-based applications. In-depth coverage of introductory programming principles, various markup languages (XHTML, Dynamic HTML and XML), several scripting languages (JavaScript, VBScript, Perl, Python, PHP, ColdFusion, and FlashActionScript), Web servers (IIS and Apache), and relational databases (MySQL) provide all the skills and tools needed to create dynamic Web-based applications. This new edition contains chapters on Macromedia ColdFusion, a leading server-side scripting software package, and Macromedia Dreamweaver, a powerful WYSIWYG editor and Web application creation tool. Hundreds of LIVE-CODE examples (i.e., complete, working programs) of real applications throughout the book and on the accompanying CD allow readers to run the applications and see and hear the outputs. Readers learn to incorporate multimedia into Web pages and Web-based applications to enhance their presentations. Chapters on e-Business and Accessibility for people with disabilities expose readers to a wide range of other topics. For Internet and Web-based computer programmers, and others in organizations and businesses who need to develop their own Websites and pages.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent WWW Programming book
This is the best book out there on Web programming. The concise, well-written sentences really bring the concepts to life. I especially enjoyed the section on Javascript. ... Read more

43. Photoshop Elements 3 For Dummies
by DekeMcClelland, GalenFott
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-08)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 13970
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* This revised and updated edition covers the latest version of Photoshop Elements, the popular image-editing software that gives digital photo hobbyists most of the features of Photoshop at a very affordable price
* Written by bestselling Photoshop author Deke McClelland, this fun, plain-English guide shows how to retouch and restore digital photos, create amazing panoramas and artistic effects, perform single-click color adjustments, and correct shadow and highlight problems
* Offers hands-on tips and step-by-step advice for attaching edited photos to e-mail, creating Adobe PDF slideshows and Web photo galleries, automating repetitive tasks, and more
* Includes sixteen pages of full-color before-and-after images and other examples
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44. Complete Java Training Course, Fifth Edition
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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Asin: 0131017667
Catlog: Book (2003-05-12)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 327323
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars You would think...
...that a tutorial software written to teach Java would be written IN Java, instead of machine-dependent code. This defeats the entire purpose of Java being platform independent.

I wouldn't say, "No, don't get this kit," based on that alone, but it was a big disapointment to see this wonderful kit only work on Windows.

So I gave it 3 stars instead of 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome!
After starting and putting down a dozen of the most popular "learn Java" books I have finally found a presentation that works!

Not only was I not scared away by the exercises at the end of the chapters, I was actually challenged and pleased to find that I could do every coding exercise with the knowledge I had gained in that chapter.

It takes time and effort but it does work!

I have no prior programming experience. I highly recommend this book for any beginner.

This package includes the book Java How to Program 5th edition and the Java Multimedia Cyber Classroom. A highly interactive electronic version of the book that takes learning to the next level.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great material and lively content delivery
I found this training course to be very useful for refreshing my Java knowledge, as well as catching up on JSP, servlets and new classes in Java 2.
Having the text both in book format (for when I am not studying at my computer), as well as the fully searchable and interactive HTML format with multimedia contents and Internet links, is great; also, there are several software goodies that come with the package, such as the Tomcat server and the Sun ONE environment.
The self review exercises and assessment exams at the end of each chapter are a fun (and challenging, thinking of the Hanoi Tower now!) way to validate the understanding of the Java concepts one has just studied.
Finally, I think the first chapters are a clear introduction to general programming concepts for the less experienced reader, with plenty of samples, exercises and links to more information. Definitely recommended. ... Read more

45. Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
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Asin: 0130895601
Catlog: Book (2001-09-28)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 163528
Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars
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A book for experienced Java programmers who want to build robust, scalable, distributed Web and enterprise applications. Detailed coverage of XML programming with Java, including DTDs, DOM, SAX, and XSL. Softcover. CD-ROM included. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Java How to Program
I love the Deitel books. They are very thorough in their explanation on how to produce working code in the software. Their examples are well explained and documented. Plus, the CD that comes with the book has the examples available so you can copy and run the code to can see the it perform.

I've purchase C++ and now two Java books from Deitel. I will continue to purchase other topics because of their quality.

1-0 out of 5 stars worst ever
Dont buy "ants" books. Terrible style, bad explanations, urgh ... There are a lot of tutorials to spend money for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Textbook!
I am a big advocate of the HTP series. I've been reading this series since your 2nd Edition of the Java SE. I've also owned the HTP Visual Basic books when I first started programming. I don't think I have seen a better programming textbox on how to learn any language the "proper" way. It is because of the HTP series that with just an A.S. CIS degree, I am currently in a 6 month internship with IBM Global Services as a Java Web developer. The task given to me has been challenging. I'm responsible for migrating an ASP application to JSP and also developing another JSP application from the ground up.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
This book was a text book for one of my advanced java classes. Unfortunately, there is very little to learn from this book. Filling the book up with pages of examples without sufficient explaination of concepts makes this book a complete waste of money. Most of the chapters were rushed, students will have a tough time grasping important concepts unless they buy some good books as well (OReilly, Addison-Wesley). I will not recommend it to anybody.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK Book, Could Stand Improvement
I picked up this book as I have recently started working in my first Web Development job. We're a J2EE shop, and I needed a reference to pick up the J2EE APIs that we didn't cover in school (ie..EJBs, RMI, etc...). The book offers a lot of information, but you can get a lost in the coding examples. For example, in learning RMI, I found myself getting somewhat lost because I didn't have a background in Swing, which the book employs throughout much of the examples in the book.

My suggestion to the publishers is to stay focused on the basics of the technology (ie RMI) so you can see clearly how to set up a program for RMI. Then, maybe employ the Swing (and whatever other APIs) as a 2nd or 3rd coding example.

It's not a bad book, but I found the Java 2 Enterprise Edition Bible (Couch) easier to understand. ... Read more

46. PCs for Dummies, Ninth Edition
by DanGookin
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 2450
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Demystifies as it informs...
Here is the 9th edition of PCs for Dummies, dedicated to Windows XP. Dan Gookinfs book is the anti-geek guide to what you need to know about computers. All aspects of PC technology, hardware and software have been completely updated. Youfll learn about the common mistakes beginnerfs make along with a bunch of helpful tips. No geek gobbledygook or clutter. PCs for Dummies demystifies as it informs.

This edition contains mostly new information. Tutorials on burning CD-Rs and creating musical CDs, information on broadband technology, wireless networking at home, having fun with digital photography; advice about how to protect yourself from internet plagues such as spyware, pop-up windows and viruses. Dan Gookinfs inimitable style makes understanding computers easy for the not so techie.

A nice touch is the wide margins; make use of them for sticky notes or jottings. Before reading this book from start to finish, first read the three chapters in part V: The Parts of Ten, and thereafter dip into this book often. A must read before you go computer shopping. Of course you may ignore this advice at your own peril and miss the chance of saving the cost of this book and avoiding regrets by buying the wrong parts. Have fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Author Dan Gookin will not let you down...
His style makes any tech topic easy and fun to learn. This new edition covers broadband, digital photography, beating back spam, Tablet PCs, and all kinds of other great things. To keep up with new things your computer can or should do, or as a safety net for anything that might pop up, this book is the handiest reference you'll find anywhere! ... Read more

47. The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Tiger Edition
by Robin Williams, John Tollett
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Catlog: Book (2005-06-15)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
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Robin Williams' bestselling Macintosh book is back--now updated for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

No matter how many bells and whistles a new operating systemoffers--and with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger the list is a long one (150 newfeatures at
last count)--using that new OS can be an intimidating process. Not so with The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Tiger Edition. In this volume, Robin
once again works her magic by providing a gentle and friendlyintroduction to Mac OS X Tiger. Robin and co-author John Tollett covernot just the basics
of  using Mac OS X—you’ll learn the insand outs of sending email, organizing your hard disk, using keyboardshortcuts, printing documents, and so on—but you’ll also learn all ofthe important new and improved features: working with Tiger'srevolutionary Spotlight search tool, using iChat AV's audio andvideoconferencing features to stay in touch with family and friends,surfing the web with Safari and using its new RSS feed to get your newsdelivered to your desktop, using Tiger's Automator feature tostreamline repetitive tasks, and lots more. Throughout the book, Robinand John's smart, informative, jargon-free writing helps all users feelmore confident with their Macs.

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48. Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
by Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
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Asin: 0672326280
Catlog: Book (2004-05-13)
Publisher: Sams
Sales Rank: 69735
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 days, Fourth Edition continues to be one of the most popular, best-selling Java tutorials on the market.Written by an expert technical writer, it has been acclaimed for its clear and personable writing, for its extensive use of examples, and for its logical and complete organization.This new edition of the book maintains and improves upon all these qualities, while updating, revising, and reorganizing the material to cover the latest developments in Java and to expand the coverage of core Java programming topics.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book, didnt go as deep as I wanted
I had never played with Java before, and had no concept of OOP. (I program in Basic, and Perl). I had committed myself to write a commcercial java applet in 15 days. I saw this book (Compiler Edition) in the shop, and grabbed a copy of it and JBuilder 2 and set off

The book itself explains things very well, sometimes going a bit slow/long winded over certain concepts. (I got a bit frustrated with this, and went and bought the "Teach yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours" edition as well). I found that its great to get a good idea of Java programming, but that it didnt go into the depth that I required.

This book serves as a great introduction to Java, but if you need more nitty gritty, look elswhere.(I found myself using's api reference a lot)

With regards to examples and code, everything worked how it should, which was great.

Oh, and I met my deadline with 2 days to spare :)

4-0 out of 5 stars A well-organised tutorial to get you up to speed in Java
I found most of the content in the negative reviews here bewildering. To take some examples:

"The code doesn't compile" - yes it does.

"They teach you deprecated code" - yes they do. This is because if you want to write applets, you have to use deprecated code. This is reiterated frequently throughout the applet section. They also teach you Java 2 code.

"They don't explain the examples" - yes they do, often giving line-by-line explanations. There are a couple of early examples that use yet-to-be-explained code, but they tell you this (it would be impossible to write functioning code with all you learned in day 1).

"They don't build on a foundation" - yes they do. The class concept is clearly explained, then the syntax, data types, then you move onto applet writing.

I suspect most of the negative contributors here are merely venting their frustration.

My only problem with this type of book is that it is unrealistically titled - you will only get through it in 21 days if you don't have a day job, don't take notes, and dont' revise.

Other than that, it was one of the better tutorials in this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast-pace Book : - )
I do not recommend this book to someone who has _no_ experience in programming any language. Alot of the words they use to explain things can be intimidating, to say the least. Though they help out by giving alot of examples (both coding examples and comparisons to things in real-life) which makes the book a quick read; unless of course you are stuck trying to figure out what a paragraph is talking about.

This is a great book to look back on, but don't expect to know all of Java 2 after reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best java book!
I have read pretty much every book that the RI CLAN library system has on java and general computer programming and I have never seen a better book on java developement. It taught me almost everything I know about java, and I have read every almost edition. Although I regret that this version does not have as much coverage of threads, awt interfaces, or applets as the 2nd edition, it has better coverage of OOP and I finally figured out how to get the jdk command line tools to work! This book is perfect for anyone of beginner or intermediate knowlege of Java, or it will teach you java and OOP from scratch! Also good to buy as a desk refrence for all those difficult functions.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Start
I read two other books on Java while preparing for the SCJP. The problem I had with the SCJP books, is that I felt like I still didn't know Java after I read them. This book filled in that gap for me. I wish I had started with this one, because it assumes that you will be writing some progams in Java other than just taking an exam.

This book is broken into 3 primary sections. The first 7 chapters cover the basics including Java concepts, object oriented programming concepts, basic Java, objects, classes, methods, and applets. These chapters provide a good introduction to Java and serve as a foundation for the remaining chapters.

The next 7 chapters primarily cover visual java and programming with Swing including components, containers, user interfaces, and graphics. Threads and sound are also coverd.

The next 7 chapters introduce more advanced (actually intermediate) topics including packages and class features, error handling, streams, object serialization, sockets, JavaBeans, and database connectivity.

The appendicies on configuring the Software Development Kit (SDK) is very helpful to a new programer. There is a good amount of sample code that all runs as designed and compiles without error. The sample code very helpful for grasping the concepts as they are presented.

This book is what it was written to be. It's a solid introduction to Java. It does not cover advanced Java, but it does cover enough to get you started. Those who intend to use Java as a primary programming language would will want to augment this introductory text with other books after these concepts are mastered. ... Read more

49. Photoshop CS Bible
by DekeMcClelland
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-12)
Publisher: Wiley
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* Photoshop expert Deke McClelland's easy and approachable writing style demystifies even the most complex Photoshop tasks and shows experienced users how to master the latest version of Adobe's image-editing software
* This Professional Edition includes brand-new or expanded coverage of high-end topics, such as creating and optimizing Web graphics, using filters, working with convolution kernels and displacement maps, harnessing actions and batch processing, adjusting color, and much more
* The comprehensive coverage and exciting full-color images throughout give readers the knowledge to edit digital images like the experts
* With exclusive focus on high-end topics, this peerless professional resource from a bestselling Photoshop guru is a must for every Photoshop pro
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50. Professional ASP.NET 1.1 (Programmer to Programmer)
by AlexHomer, DaveSussman, RobHoward, BrianFrancis, KarliWatson, RichardAnderson
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Asin: 0764558900
Catlog: Book (2004-03-22)
Publisher: Wrox
Sales Rank: 38816
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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What is this book about?

Written by a high-profile team of ASP.NET experts, this fully updated Professional guide enables you to take full advantage of the power and possibilities of ASP.NET 1.1. You travel beyond the basics of ASP.NET Web pages, server controls, and data management to a complete understanding of Web services, debugging, performance, migration, and real-world applications.

All code has been rechecked and verified to work correctly with ASP.NET 1.1, and enhancements like improved security and better performance are thoroughly examined and reviewed. This comprehensive, in-depth, practical guidebook enables you to master new levels of Web application development with the .NET Framework.

What does this book cover?

Here's what you will learn from this book:

  • How to get started with ASP.NET and the .NET Framework
  • Ways to create ASP.NET pages, work with server controls, and manage data
  • Methods for developing, securing, and configuring Web applications
  • Basics of base class libraries, components, and extensibility
  • Security and performance improvements inherent in version 1.1
  • How Web services and ASP.NET function in the mobile arena
  • Debugging, performance, migration, and interoperability
  • Processes for applying this knowledge in real-world development contexts

Who is this book for?

This book is for programmers who have a solid understanding of ASP and want to develop sophisticated ASP.NET 1.1 applications using the .NET Framework. You should be familiar with VB or C-based syntax (C++, Java™, or C#). ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Book to read if no info is found on MSDN or online

I have not bought a book from Wrox since ASP 3.0 because the quality of book went downhill. Now they just write the books to 'sell' not to help people. I tried this book in the hopes that they may have changed, boy I was way wrong. Book all it does is talk talk talk but not show much... All this stuff is stuff I find on the MSDN and online resources. I mean, what they use to write for material!!!! The MSDN???? ... Read more

51. Programming in the Key of C#
by Charles Petzold
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Asin: 0735618003
Catlog: Book (2003-07-30)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Sales Rank: 25365
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For What It Is
Looking for an introduction to C#, I read the reviews here and decided to purchase this book. Unlike a couple of other reviewers here, I already own a DICTIONARY, and so I am aware of what the words PRIMER and ASPIRING mean. Those looking for a book about programming .NET should buy a book titled something like, "Programming .NET." Those looking for a book about using Visual Studio.NET should buy a book titled something like, "Using Visual Studio.NET." A book titled, "Programming In The Key Of C# - A Primer For Aspiring Programmers" should present a primer for aspiring programmers. Gee, go figure.

Through the years, I have programmed in C, Pascal, Fortran, Cobol, Visual Basic, Delphi, various scripting languages in both the Unix and Windows worlds, Cold Fusion, PHP, and Active Server Pages. I wanted to learn C# from the lowest level and move upward from there so I would have a complete understanding of the language as I move towards my final goal of programming Windows and ASP.NET using C#. Having reviewed the TABLE OF CONTENTS made available here, it was easy to tell that this book would be the primer I was looking for. A previous reviewer claims that this book didn't teach him enough about C# syntax. The syntax in C#, although similar to most other object-oriented languages, is unique to C#. This whole book teaches C# syntax, and also goes into a fair amount of detail of how structures, objects, classes, etc. are handled internally in the computer, and by the C# compiler. I know there is another book written by Anders Hejlsberg which is a most complete coverage of the C# syntax, and I will probably end up buying that book as well to use as a reference. To begin learning C#, however, I wanted to begin in a very comfortable and basic place. I have finished this book, I have purchased and am reading a book on programming Windows with C#, and when I am finished with that book, I will buy a new book that is more specific to programming ASP.NET. I will probably buy books specific to ADO.NET, and who knows what else as I become aware of new complexities that I would like to understand.

As a book about learning the basics of programming in C#, Mr. Petzold's book delivers on just what the title implies.

2-0 out of 5 stars WARNING! For beginners only!
If I were a beginning programmer, I would give this book 4.5 stars. I gave this book a poor rating because it does not clearly state its intended audience, which are beginning programmers. It is NOT intended for those who already are proficient at another language (C,C++,Java, etc.) to learn how to program in C# and .NET. It was too basic and didn't teach me enough about C# syntax nor how to use the Visual Studio .NET environment (it included it's own compiler).

The title should have read "Learn to Write Your First Programs, a C# Experience!", or something of that nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, Concise - What All Programming Books Should Be!
Those wishing to shift into the .NET phase will thoroughly enjoy Petzold's Key of C#. Not only does it teach the fundamentals clearly, it builds off the fundamentals with a clever approach to programming. Programming in the Key of C# promotes experimentation and critical thinking.

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed with the book
I found a number of mistakes, both in code, and in printing. The book is absolutely for novices. I breezed through the entire 41 chapters of the book in just one weekend. And yet it lacks many details, even those which I consider basic, and should have been covered. I really think, with all due respect to the author, that he bombed it this time. Nothing is treated in completeness. The material the book provides can easily be had for free from a number of tutorials on the internet, if you type c# tutorial in google. I just liked the first four paragraphs of the first chapter, because they show my sentiments of being a programmer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best by far
I bought five different books for C#. All of them containing the same info. Key of C# was str8 forward it started from the very beginning. Eventhough the subject matter is technical it is very well written. If you want to understand the syntax of this language, read this book! ... Read more

52. Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
by James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch
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The authors have done an outstanding job with this UML book. The definitions of the terms are the best I have seen. The organization and material in the encyclopedia are fantastic!
-Perry Cole, MCIWorldCom

The Unified Modeling Language (UML) has rapidly become the standard notation for modeling software-intensive systems. This book provides the definitive description of UML from its original developers--James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson, and Grady Booch. Whether you are capturing requirements, developing a software architecture, designing the implementation, or trying to understand an existing system, this is the book for you.

The majority of the book is a unique alphabetical list of articles covering every aspect of UML in a form convenient for quick reference and detailed study. This format permits full coverage of UML details as well as high-level articles without confusing the reader by constant shifts in level. The first part of the book--a complete summary of UML concepts organized by subject area--provides an introduction to UML for the newcomer as well as entry points into the detailed articles.

Highlights of the book include:
Two-color diagrams, extensively annotated
Thorough coverage of both semantics and notation, separated in each article for easy reference
Further explanations of concepts whose meaning or purpose is obscure in the original specifications
Discussion sections offering usage advice and additional insight into tricky concepts
A hyperlinked version of the book in Adobe Reader format on CD-ROM, an excellent resource for browsing or searching the text for specific information
Full text of the UML specification documents on CD-ROM, courtesy of the Object Management Group
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53. Simply Visual Basic.NET 2003: An Application-Driven Tutorial Approach
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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Combining the Deitel™ signature Live-Code™ Approach with a new Application-Driven™ methodology, this text uses a step-by-step tutorial approach to begin teaching students the basics of programming, builds upon previously learned concepts, and introduces new programming features in each successive tutorial. KEY TOPICS This comprehensive introduction to Visual Basic .NET covers GUI design, controls, methods, functions, data types, control structures, procedures, arrays, object-oriented programming, strings and characters, sequential files, and more. It also includes higher-end topics such as database programming, multimedia and graphics, and Web applications development.For individuals beginning their mastery of Visual Basic Programming. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars For a book so heavy to carry, it only scratches the surface
The Deitel & Deitel books are very colorful and very heavy to carry in your backpack.

They do have a lot of material in them, but the material basically going into excrutiating detail about each subject with tons and tons of code snippets and complete code examples. If you like details, then this book is for you.

Unfortunately, while the size of the book is big, the range of topics is limited. ADO.NET, OOP, .NET Framework concepts are glossed over. OK, you can buy other books to supplement this one and the book may make a good textbook for a first semeter college course (in a multi-semester, multi-course program). All the same, for such a high price and a heavy carrying weight, I wish more topics were covered.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only way to learn programming!
This book takes beginners by the hands, from installing and configuring Visual Basic.NET to actually coding, running and debugging the sample applications, which is precisely what beginners need. There are many exercises at the end of each chapter, always relying on complete applications instead of just code samples. You also learn how to use pseudocode to visualize what your application needs to do and the steps needed to make it functional.

You won't master OOP,ASP.NET, ADO.NET, etc., but you'll acquire a solid understanding of programming and VB.NET, and after finishing the book, will know whether or not you really want to pursue programming further, before buying dozens of books on advanced / specialized topics. This book is expensive but it probably does the job of two or three books(basics, practical applications, Visual Studio IDE), so the price isn't outrageous. This book serves as both a tutorial as well as a reference guide.

If you decide to pursue .NET programming further, read the Listmania pages, as well as the customer reviews and visit sites such as for advice on buying good books.

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54. Visual C++.NET: How to Program
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-27)
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Written by the authors of the world's best-selling introductory/intermediate C and C++ textbooks, this comprehensive book examines Visual C++ .NET. Visual C++ .NET How to Program features the Deitels' signature LIVE-CODE™ approach to teaching programming with thousands of lines of code in hundreds of complete working programs.Start with an introduction to computers and Visual C++ .NET programming, then move on to more advanced topics such as graphical user interfaces (GUIs), multimedia, databases, and networking.Learn how to create reusable software components with classes and assemblies. Create database connections using ADO.NET, create Web-based applications using ATL Server and create Web services using ASP .NET and ATL server. The book features detailed LIVE-CODE™ examples that illustrate managed C++ code, highlight crucial files and streams concepts, show how to create custom GUI controls, demonstrate how to use sockets to hide network details, show real examples of Web services in action, demonstrate attributed programming in ATL/COM, illustrate COM components, and illustrate several substantial case studies. Benefit from the Deitels' outstanding and consistent pedagogy with icons that highlight good programming practices, common errors, software engineering observations, portability tips, performance tips, and testing and debugging tips.For anyone interested in learning how to program Visual C++ .NET. Previously appeared in 12/2002 catalog. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A slightly pear-shaped introduction to VC++.Net
The first thing I noticed about this text is the absence of the familiar colour coding used throughout the other volumes. Could this be a sign of publisher wariness, or simply cost cutting?

The book has much in common (including examples) with the other Deitel and Deitel .Net (C#, VB) volumes. Chapter development and layout is very similar. The standard of the material is mostly very good as one would expect, but topic coverage leaves something to be desired.

Firstly, it's a personal opinion, but I am not convinced that the several hundred pages devoted to web services is what students of C++ (and new professionals) need or want. Consequently, I ask myself whether this space should be shunted into a separate book. Secondly, there is a very small amount of space devoted to data structures, roughly 53 pages. Much smaller than needs be given the overall size of the book. Moreover, the reader only gets to data structures after 1000 pages of text. This apparent underemphasis on data structures raised a variety questions in my mind about the software engineering philosophy of the text. Thirdly, the book explicitly avoids dealing with ActiveX and COM. Attributes, a new feature in Visual C++ are mentioned in passing, and ATL is not mentioned at all.

Overalll, I am less postive about this book than their earlier proramming in C++ text. It seemed to me from reading the book, that there is a formula at play and material is shoehorned to fit accordingly. I fully acknowledge that much of the material is excellent and competently explained, but as an overall learning text on VC++.Net I think improvements are required. ... Read more

55. The Unified Software Development Process
by Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh
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4-0 out of 5 stars The primary book for understanding SW development of today.
Everyone today involved in software development ought to be aware of the contents of this book. The book is an overview of the key concepts, the core workflows and the overall management and control of software development. It's a comprehensive text-book, but it's not (and should not be) a detailed procedure manual for a software development process. In other words, it's a "conceptual and analysis model" of the software development business. But remember, it's not (and should not be) an applied design and implementation of a specific software development business.

The three major parts of the Unified Process book are well balanced. The first part describes the key concepts: use-case driven, architecture-centric, and iterative and incremental. The second part goes deeper into the core workflows: requirements, analysis, design, implementation and test. Thus, this part is focusing on work to be done to produce a certain type of artifact. The third part describes how to manage and control this work in time space. This is based on the good principles for controlled iterative development and it is the most valuable part of the book.

Like all good "conceptual and analysis models" this book assembles and unifies experience and best practices of the domain in focus; in this case software development. The result is a common "language" for the domain and a common approach of solving problems in the domain. Examples are included and provides a good complement to the more general text. Every chapter also contains a valuable list of references to other books and papers. For the ones that practice software development, the referenced book "The Unified Modeling Language User Guide" is a mandatory complement. If you are involved in business modeling, the referenced book "The Object Advantage - Business Process Reengineering with Object Technology" is a must. For the ones dealing with development of application families/suites, the referenced book "Software Reuse: Architecture, Process and Organization for Business Success" provides complementory guidance.

In the next iteration of unifying software development processes and the next release of this book, I not only want to see references to the books about Business Processes and Software Reuse, but some elaboration and description of "the big picture". The interesting thing is that fundaments and the overall process pattern described in Unified Process (Objectory--RUP) can be applied on different "system" levels recursively. The same pattern can be used to reach different development targets, but depending on the type of target (a business, a system family, a component system, an application system, a subsystem, etc.), the development workflows, workers and artifacts need specialization. That's known by the authors, but it's cluttered and not distinctly described in the book. (The two referenced books would also benefit from being updated to harmonize with the corresponding versions of UML and Unified Process.)

I would also like to comment on three other issues that could have been more elaborated: usability engineering to produce "partial business models", modeling of large systems as recursively superordinate/subordinate systems, and code generation.

Business modeleing is not directly described, but is discussed in the chapter about Requirements Capture. It would have been interesting to address the possibility to only develop a partial business model, which doesn't fully model the whole business and its use cases, but directly identifies some workers (and maybe some business actors) and describe their "profile and tasks". This is what usually is done when usability engineering is applied. Maybe it's to hard to model and optionally change the whole business, but individual tasks might benefit from better information system support. That could sometimes be good enough. In order to find the (system) use cases it's better to apply usability engineering techniques, like user profiling and task analysis, then not doing any model at all of the business workers/actors.

In order to handle complexities of large systems you need techniques to recursively model a number of system levels. This is just very briefly described in the book. An extract from the Software Reuse book about modeling of superordinate and subordinate systems wouldn't do any harm in the next release of the Unified Process book.

Code generation is something that must be taken into consideration by software architects. This should have been discussed in the chapters addressing architecture, design and tools.

To summarize, the Unified Process book is the primary book for understanding software development of today. I hope it will be a "living book" that is periodically updated to reflect the best practices of software development at each point of time in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars The next step from the Unified Modelling Language
This book defines a process for object oriented software development. Essentially, it could do for the software engineering community, what UML has already done, that is draw together from the best methods and create a well thought out and vivid process. As a book, it clearly explains each essential aspect of the process (Use Case Driven, Architecture Centric, Iterative and Incremental), the steps needed to carry out the process and the 'artifacts' that are the result of each iteration of work. There are plenty of diagrams that back up each explanation, allowing the reader to get the whole picture. The book does require reading from cover to cover if you are not familiar with object oriented development. The book does not cover the software project management aspects in very much detail, leaving the reader to find details of the management aspects (eg Change control and Risk Management) to find in another book that covers these topics (Software Project Management by Royce, which is another book in the Addison Wesley Object Technology Series).

2-0 out of 5 stars Non-habit forming sleep aid
I had to buy this book for coursework. Now, I can't imagine authors with more knowledge of UML, etc. than these three guys. However, every chapter reads like a student paper in which the main intention is filling up space for credit. Don't get me wrong here. I read programming books for fun. I'm not one of those people who doesn't enjoy reading technical material. They just managed to take an already dry subject and dry it further. As you read through there are various references to other books, articles, whatever. It seems as though no original material was written for this book. So, here's my advice. Read those books. Don't read this one unless you need to catch up on some sleep.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction book for software architect
If you want to be an archtiect or a lead programmer, read it and try to make sense of it. Otherwise, don't bother.

3-0 out of 5 stars Repetitious and disorganized
Like many software developers with good ideas, the trio of Jacobson/Booch/Rumbaugh can't write to save their souls. There's good material in here if you can filter out the tedious repetitions, redundancies, and points of misplaced emphasis. The book completely fails to communicate the authors' important methodological insights. Sigh. I'm disappointed. But I'm keeping the book; it's good enough to stay in my library for a while. ... Read more

56. Photoshop® 7 Bible (Bible)
by DekeMcClelland
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-22)
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Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Shows readers how to retouch, color correct, manipulate, and combine images using Photoshop "X." Readers will learn to create cutting-edge special effects for the Web or print. Deke McClelland's easy and approachable writing style demystifies even the most complex Photoshop tasks.
The Photoshop "X" Bible fulfills the promise to the reader of being "100 percent comprehensive, authoritative, and what you need." This classic Bible covers it all, from "Apply Image" command to "ZigZag filter."
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3-0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT the bible
First of all it's very disappointing that the publisher has stopped adding a cd with 'the bible' (which used to be the case in previous editions). As 'the bible' aims for beginner and intermediate users it's always nice you've got the pictures in the book on cd, so you can compare your results with the result you should aim at.

Secondly there is not nearly a word about 'Image Ready' in this book. When you bought this book expecting to learn how to make animated gifs or weboriented design you will be very disappointed because knowing Image Ready is necessary to complete this task. The title 'the bible' is there for misleading, as Image Ready comes standard with Photoshop for weboriented tasks.

Thirdly, Deke has a chapter by chapter approach which although he throrougly explains all the functions of a certain item, this does not lead to exercises in combination of all the parts. Combining the parts is exactly where Photoshop is at it's best.

Motivating new users of Photoshop is best done by project approach, as you learn more and will be more motivated to experiment when you understand the interaction between different techniques, but this is where the book fails miserabely. Deke has certainly an enormous knowledge about Photoshop, but the approach he takes for leading new users into the graphic domain will only lead to boredom. Definitely not recommended for new users, as you will very easily get bored by the academic approach.

Go for a basis project oriented approach and you will gave fun learning Photoshop, go for this book and you will get overwhelmed and demotivated.

It's not a holy book, except if you only use it as a reference point (and in this case I would go for the professional edition).

5-0 out of 5 stars it's not the "wanna be" edition
I am shocked by the handful of bad reviews I've seen here. I am going to suppose the bad reviews are written by people whose idea of using Photoshop means applying enough filters until it looks cool. My friends, it's called the "Professional Edition" for a reason; if you would take the time to read the Preface you would find it clearly explained. Deke McClelland is the best Photoshop instructor, period. This book deserves more than 5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Content Worthy of its Title
Photoshop is a gem of a program. To extract its maximum editing value for your photos, you will have to dig. For most of us, that entails a book that contains a trove of techniques that use the program's brushes, color correction, effects, masks, filters, layers and distortions.

As a novice Photoshop user, this is the first volume I consult when I have a question. More often than not, I find an answer. Plus, I also find an understandable explanation. The result is two fold. First, I accomplish the effect I want with my image. Second, I recover a jewel that can be applied to a future problem.

Many of my most daunting challenges are rendered simple after consulting this book. In my mind that is the only book worthy of the appellation "Bible."

3-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, yes - but comprehensible?
After dabbling in Photoshop for a while the thing that has become most clear to me is that it isn't an easy program to learn, and no doubt it isn't an easy one to explain either. So I won't blame Deke McClelland for not turning me into a Photoshop genius overnight (which he didn't) - but even if that is too much to expect of any book, this one is a mixed bag in more ways than that. On the plus side, it certainly is comprehensive. Just about every option available in Photoshop is explained - and that is the major downside at the same time. This book is very much written from the viewpoint of the program, not that of the user. If you want to know how to achieve a particular effect, you will just have to browse the 1000+ pages hoping you will stumble on the right tools. Reversely, you may read many an explanation of a tool without ever getting into the clear why you would want to use it. For instance, the chapters on selections, paths and masks made it abundantly clear to me that there are some 5,000 or so ways of selecting part of an image in Photoshop, but I remained in the dark as to which ones are useful under which circumstances. Much of the text on paths and masks actually seemed highly esoteric to me. I can understand that it is impossible to illustrate each and every option visually, but unfortunately the illustrative examples that are given often don't seem to be very compelling (e.g., the possible use of stroking a path is demonstrated by the creation of a tapering line underneath an image of a planet, an effect that could just as easily have been achieved with a simple paint brush.) In fact (and ironically), the graphics are one of the major weaknesses of the book (just take a peek at the hideous cover!). I found them mostly unimaginative, and often too small and badly printed to show up the differences between several effects they were supposed to demonstrate.
The accessibility of the book is not helped by the fact that after introducing a function, the author stops naming it and reverts to a mere mention of the keyboard shortcut - so when you're new to this, soon enough you no longer know what he is doing (also, I would urge the publisher to please create separate Windows and Mac editions of this book: the ubiquitous additions of the Mac alternative to Windows shortcuts is highly irritating!).
The order of chapters/subjects doesn't seem to be guided by any pedagogical considerations. Layers are not discussed until page 633, even though (as everyone who has ever tried Photoshop or any similar program knows) you really can't do anything at all without an understanding of this function. The style of writing is informal and chatty, and by page 500 or thereabouts the author's facetiousness started to wear thin on me. Maybe after I have gained more experience with Photoshop I will come to appreciate more of McClelland's suggestions. However, as a novice, plowing through this book yielded to me no more than 8 or 9 new insights that I found directly useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reference book!
Deke McClelland has done it again! As an Adobe Certified Photoshop Instructor, I felt compelled to write this review in lieu of the others. This book does what it is supposed to and that is explain why and how things happen in Photoshop 7 (YES, it is a reference book - similar to an encyclopedia). There are two types of books you can buy for graphics programs: reference and tutorial. Those that try to combine both come up short. This one sticks to its purpose and is written in a humorous/ fun way, not with the typical 'put me to sleep encyclopedia method'. It is a must have for the Photoshop library. ... Read more

57. Simply Java Programming: An Application-Driven Tutorial Approach
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Deitel, Associates
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Combining the Deitel™ signature Live-Code™ Approach with a new Application-Driven™ methodology, this book uses a step-by-step tutorial approach to begin teaching the basics of programming, builds upon previously learned concepts, and introduces new programming features in each successive tutorial. KEY TOPICS This comprehensive introduction to Java covers GUI design, swing components, methods, classes, data types, control statements, arrays, object-oriented programming, strings and characters, sequential files and more. It also includes higher-end topics such as database programming, multimedia and graphics, and Web applications development.For individuals beginning their mastery of Java Programming. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a fantastic computer programming book
As a compulsive computer programming autodidact, I rate *Simply Java* the best computer language book I have ever read. Java is a hard language to learn. Most books get you bogged down in abstract exercises. *Simply Java* gets you writing practical GUI applications almost immediately. It's worth every penny. I'm going to stop writing this review right now and study another chapter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I'm an experienced C++ programmer with access to JBuilder version 5. I did most of the examples and learned Java along the way. I was able to contruct simple GUI tools for my job as a software engineer based on the examples from the book.

The inside is beautifully layed out in color. It's one of the reasons the book is expensive.

I am having trouble getting the database examples(ATM&Bookstore) to work. So close to perfection as a learning tool. I imagine there would be more frustration if I did not know how to debug from an IDE. Subtract one star if you are not an experienced programmer with a proper IDE. ... Read more

58. The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide, 15th Edition
by Mark Minasi, Sybex
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-11)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The 15th edition of Mark Minasi's Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide is another milestone in the evolution of a title recognized as the market leader. With over 1.5 million copies of previous editions sold, this masterwork was completely updated to cover new and emerging PC and networking technologies, and reorganized for easier navigation. Written in Mark Minasi's friendly style and based on his world-renowned seminars, it shows you how to get the best performance from your systems through upgrading and how to prevent disasters and fix them when they occur. The companion CD includes instructional video of critical hands-on PC upgrade & maintenance tasks. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Indexing is weak
I have purchased copies of the book for the past 6 or seven years. Mark Minasi is the computer guru! His capacity to take technical questions of intimidating proportions and reduce them to a level us peons can understand well enough to get the job done. Brilliant people in my life have always had that ability to take an abstract piece of information ( something like the origin of the solar system) an distill it into language the rest of the world can understand. Mark Minasi does this year in and year out with the latest PC's and there components.After reading and listening to him over the years I've come to feel reasonably well versed in upgrading our home computers, here in Dryden New York. No small feat when you consider that I am an art teacher by profession.
However in your latest release of Mark's work I noticed that the indexing is less than half the size of the previous year's version. Sadly it is not nearly as thorough. This may sound like a miner point but for some of us readers it will prove to be a critical one. I past years whenever I had a problem I would run across an unfamiliar term or network protocol, you could look it up in the index and follow the solution to your problem through to completion. As I see it the value of the entire book is to guide you through a problem you've run into on your own, as well as making for fun reading of course. The weak index creats a broud obstruction at the very center of the process of self education which is what Mark has taught flawlessly for years.
While Minasi work still remains flawless, getting to his answeres will be hindered buy a poor indexing job. By way of qualification, perhaps this type of indexing would be fine in other books. We just got spoiled with having the best of everything in past 13 editions. I want to repeat the mark Minasi has lost none of his accuracy or wit. The quality remains. Its just the indexing that limits the overall effectiveness of getting to the write answere when you need it . Fred C Wendell

4-0 out of 5 stars Making it easier to become a technician.
One of the first books I ever read in the computer industry was Mark Minasi's Upgrade & Maintenance guide 8th edition. From there I was hooked and a fan ever since. Minasi's style is one that makes the reader comfortable with the material without over stating. Minasi dos not over complicate that material so every level of knowledge and skill would be able to comprehend the text.

The book is also well suited for several certification exams such ad CST or A+; and the material is technically accurate and up to date. The book covers all hardware topics from the hard drive to add-on cards to networking and everything in between.

What the author has done for you is break down the topics and detailed information that allows you to grasp the concept(s). What I think is missing is a lab manual to go along with the material to make is easier to study from.

If you are looking to break into the technical arena, study for the A+ exam or looking to enhance the knowledge base you have, then this book may be one to get a hold of. Overall Mark Minasi is a respected and trusted author and this release is certain proof of that. ... Read more

59. Mastering Windows XP Professional
by Mark Minasi
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-15)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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If you want to master XP Reloaded and XP Digital Media, here is your premium solution--the most thorough and useful content at the best price! Brought to you from world-renowned Windows authority Mark Minasi, this book features all sorts of unique learning tools designed for power users and IT professionals. They include: an "XP Digital Media Tips and Tricks" color insert, appendices on the latest version of XP Media Center Edition PC, "Next step" coverage of Server 2003, plus new navigational reference tables and thumb tabs for easy navigation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars As a network engineer, I found it an excellent addition
Are the first few chapters designed for the beginner? Yes. Does he say that up front? Yes. So the beginner has an excellent starting point (I really thought the graphic shortcuts in the front of the book were a nice touch for those people), while the "nuts and bolts" stuff in later chapters were more suited towards people who do this for a living.

But then if I find even a few tidbits that make my life easier when supporting MS products (which can be a royal pain), I consider the book to be well worth it.

If you are looking at supporting XP, don't assume that its the same as 2000. Get this book, read it over, and find out what new goodies they put into this release.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best organized, clearest, most readable reference available
Today, I left my copy of Mastering Windows XP Professional at home, so I went to the XP help, and other internet sites looking for the answer to a very simple question:

How do I configure XP to accept Remote Desktop connections?

After wasting nearly an hour unsuccessfully looking for the answer to this very simple question, I started looking for Mark's book on my colleagues' bookshelves. I found a copy, and in the time it took to look up "Remote Desktop Connection" in the index and then flip to p. 484, I had my answer.

Why do I bother ever trying to use any other source?

Minasi rocks!

No matter how simple or how complex the issue, Mark's books offer clear and accurate explanations. There's no better source for the material he covers available anywhere, at any price.

You can't go wrong buying anything from Mark Minasi, and this book is no exception.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Skill Advancing Tool
Over 900 pages of information designed to advance an intermediate Windows XP Professional user to the limits of advanced use. By the time you close the cover on this title, there won't be any unfamiliar areas to you. The author has done a great job of extensively covering the majority of the OS without crossing the line from advanced user to IT Administrator.

Ninety six pages of full color screenshots marks the beginning of the book - all before you even start Chapter one. The full basics of the OS are covered, along with most of the standard Windows XP bundled software, such as Media Player, Internet Explorer 6, Outlook Express, CD Burning and more. So much more than just the how-to of the interface is detailed - providing just enough technical information to make it interesting and to let you "get it", without turning into a dry textbook. Hardware installations and troubleshooting, Internet connections and ICS/NAT, LAN/WAN connectivity with TCP/IP and IPX/SPX, performance monitoring and MMC/System Policies are just a few of the area that this title covers that many others gloss over or miss altogether.

A well mapped out Table of Contents and a 54 page index assist in making this not only a start-to finish read, but an easy find what you need reference. Although I can't recommend this title for anyone looking for a study guide towards certification, this is certainly a great choice for user who want to know Windows XP Pro inside and out as well as for desktop administrators who want a reference for their user's interface.

5-0 out of 5 stars Readable and Detailed
Mark Minasi is a great writer, with the ability to take a complex subject, like Windows XP, and make it fairly readable. This book is typical of the "Mastering" series, however, and is not intended for light weights. If you are a home or private user, you may be better served with something akin to the "Windows for Dummies" variety. I'm not trying to be condescending, just realistic. This book is highly detailed and goes well beyond the average users needs. However, the first 89 pages of this book present a color plated introduction to using XP, which I found very helpful and better than most related products on the market. The first 89 pages alone are worth the price of this book for most of us. As an administrator, this book will also serve you well with its detailed explanations, extensive graphics and screen shots, and Mark's interpretation of Microsoft's technical manuals.

Compare this book to Microsoft's publication of "Windows XP" (ISBN: 0735618054).

4-0 out of 5 stars Things that don't belong.
Chapter 15 Windows XP Professional Networking and Network Design Primer does not belong in this book. Why? Because this book has the word "Mastering" in the title and if you need a Network Primer you are ways off from becoming an XP Master. Seriously the content of this chapter is very good for the TCP/IP Study Guides or Networking Essentials Books, but not in this book. Seems like the author had the chapter written and already on hand for those other books, and just decided to throw it in. ... Read more

60. Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
by Bruce Eckel
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Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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Fully revised and beefed up with plenty of new material on today's Standard C++, the new edition of Bruce Eckel's Thinking in C++: Volume I is an excellent tutorial to mastering this rich (and sometimes daunting) programming language, filled with expert advice and written in a patient, knowledgeable style.

The effective presentation, along with dozens of helpful code examples, make this book a standout. The text first sets the stage for using C++ with a tour of what object-oriented programming is all about, as well as the software design life cycle. The author then delves into every aspect of C++, from basic keywords and programming principles to more advanced topics, like function and operator overloading, virtual inheritance, exception handling, namespaces, and templates. C++ is a complex language, and the author covers a lot of ground using today's Standard C++, but without getting bogged down in excessive detail.

The emphasis here is on practical programming, so there's basic advice on using header files, preprocessor directives, and namespaces to organize code effectively. Each chapter ends with exercises (usually about two dozen), and the entire text of the book is available on the accompanying CD-ROM. (So is the second volume, which tours Standard C++ classes and other advanced topics.)

Whether you have read the first edition of this book or not, there is much to mine from Thinking in C++. This new version continues to set a high standard as an approachable and thorough tutorial. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Introduction to objects, inheritance, composition, polymorphism, exception handling, analysis and design fundamentals, advantages of C++, transitioning from C, compiling and building programs, writing C++ functions, flow control, C++ operators, data types, casting, debugging tips, pointers to functions, designing reusable C++ classes, conditional compilation and header files, access specifiers, constructors and destructors, function overloading and default arguments, using const and static effectively, inlining, namespaces, references, copy constructors, operator overloading, using new and delete for dynamic objects, virtual functions, abstract classes, introduction to templates, and iterators. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a decent C++ Tutorial
Thing in C++ is an excellent introduction to C++ programming. As a fairly competent C programmer, I found his book to be clear and readable: focusing on the essentials and stepping you through C++ in an orderly and straightfoward fashion. I highly recommend it for any programmer looking to get into C++.

Mr. Eckel's text and example code rely heavily on the STL (aka the ANSI Standard C++ Library), which is an excellent idea. However, the text does little more than give you a flavor of what the STL is, and what it can do. The author promises that a second volume (Thinking in C++, 2nd. Editon, Volume 2) is in the works, which will delve deep into STL. He refers you to his website to see rough drafts of this planned text and a companion text (The Thinking in C++, 2nd. Edition, Volume 1 Annotated Solutions Guide by Chuck Allison).

Unfortunately, it appears that neither of these companion books will be published for at least a year. The text he supplies on the website is still (obviously) in very incomplete form.

This leaves me more than a little disappointed. If you buy this text, you'll find yourself (like me) returning to in a few days to find someone else's book on STL!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, but only in the right circumstances.
Personally, I found this to be the best C++ book for me, as I am a self-taught and language-independent programmer. When I found this book, I was amazed at how simple C++ could be. When I had first learned C++, it was taught to me in a way that prevented me from understanding the advanced concepts, which are quite beyond the skills of the advanced programmer. I recommend this book very highly, but be very careful of your reasons for buying this book.

1. This is NOT a book that should be used as a teaching tool in a class - it is self-paced.
2. This is NOT a book that should be used by the beginning programmer - only people with some programming experience should purchase this book
3. This book is NOT for the expert for use as a reference, as it is instructional in nature.

Some people have strange ideas about what the author intends his work to be used for, which are contrary to what the author himself explains in the preface. Be sure to read the preface online at the author's website ( before purchasing this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars GET IT NOW!!!
I have been wanting to learn C++ for about 8 years now, but have never found any really spectacular books for getting me to where I need to be, starting from the ground up and introducing concepts in small coherent chunks. So, I just stuck with the languages I knew, and kept putting c++ to the side. Oh, and making the excuse that "java can do everything I need", not true as I'm am delving into the dsp world. Thanks to this book, I'm further than I have ever been before in understanding C++!!! The book along with the supplemental answer guide (for a small fee from bruce eckel's site have proven invaluable! Making C++ easy to understand is no easy task! It is obvious to me that bruce not only has a profound understanding of programming in multiple languages, but also a great teaching ability. It is rare to find someone who has both of these traits. This book isn't specifically geared towards java programmers by any means, but this book combined with my java experience has made learning c++ painless, not to mention interesting and enjoyable. I know there are other great c++ books out there, but if you are transitioning to c++ from another language or are a programming newbie, I would say this is the book to get. It would also make great reference. GET IT!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point
If you really want to understand C++, and have some time on your hands, then this is the book for you. Eckel presents the information in an easy to understand format, making it easy for the reader to grasp the ideas.

My only gripes are that he expects the user to already know C, and he uses struct instead of class throughout most of the book. Another beginning book to look at would be Accelerated C++, by Andrew Koenig.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
As far as I know, this is the best book available on this subject at this time. It's been the best read I've had in quite a while (that includes fiction). It's very well written, introducing new concepts to the reader in a very smooth and natural way. If you've ever wondered why 'C++ is the next logical step', then you should read this book.

I have also read 'C++ inside & out' and 'Thinking in Java' from Bruce Eckel, and I must say his educational and writing skills are getting even better and better. He clearly knows what he is talking about, and, more importantly, he also knows *how* to talk about it - not always a given. My C++ was getting a bit rusty, but TICPP has got me back on the C++-track in no time, and after reading it I feel ready to take on the world - well, almost..

In short: buy this book and read it.
Then go on and show it off to your friends.. ... Read more

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