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81. Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
by DekeMcClelland, GalenFott
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Asin: 0764516752
Catlog: Book (2002-08-20)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 11426
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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As far as sequels go, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 belongs in the ranks of The Godfather: Part II – a sequel that improves on the original. What made the first release of Elements so impressive wasn't that it was especially easy to use; it was how much of Photoshop's power you could get for such a low price. Elements 2.0, however, takes big steps forward in both power and ease.

Photoshop Elements 2.0 For Dummies explains this program from the ground up, assuming that you know absolutely nothing about the program or even about image editing in general. But step by step, concept by concept, tool by tool, you'll gradually work through a thorough examination of Photoshop Elements 2.0 and the incredible things it can do for your images.

While this book is organized in logical order, with the lofty idea that you'll read it cover to cover, the best thing about Photoshop Elements 2.0 For Dummies is that you don't have to. Feel free to skip around if you get restless. There are even 16 color pages stuck in the book to show you things that can't be explained in black and white. You'll gain insight into

  • Getting to know the Photoshop tools and palettes
  • Editing your images
  • Saving your files in proper format
  • Making a bad image better
  • Painting and distorting your images

Just as one CD contains both the Windows and Mac versions of Elements, so this one took tells both Windows and Mac users everything they need to know to use Elements on their system of choice. And because Elements 2.0 runs on both Windows XP and Mac OS X, we've also updated the figures in this book to show off the spiffy look of these two new operating systems.

As an Elements user, you've got a whole lot of Photoshop power coiled up inside your computer, waiting for you to discover how to harness it. Photoshop Elements 2.0 For Dummies is your guide for doing just that. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile but Do Not Start Digital Photography Here
(Based on the Dummies version for Photoshop Elements 1)
This is a wonderful book for explaining the workings of all the amazing tools available with Photoshop Elements -- and a steal at the bargain Amazon price. (How well you get on with Dummies cutesyness is your business).
However, in general it does not give one an overall sense of what makes for good photography with good image-editing. (Exception: with the blur tool it does explain that this can be used to help increase attention to the foreground). You may not be able to see the wood for the trees if you start here.
As a starting point the best book I have found is Bill Corbett, A Simple Guide to Digital Photography, which covers both taking photos and some important uses of Photoshop (notably the key Levels stuff).
I am taking the liberty of posting this against both versions of the Photoshop Elements Dummies book.

2-0 out of 5 stars photoshop elements 2 for dummies
I could not find anywhere in the book any good descriptions on using the tools. There is no reference at all to the clone stamp tool. I wanted help with this tool and there were no instructions.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not So Great
This book has some good basics in it, but they are not well illustrated or explained . Much time is spent showing how you can alter images with odd colors or other relatively useless things. The practical information here could have been said in one-quarter the pages. Most of us want to use this ap to make our basic pictures better and to retouch old family photos. You have to dig pretty hard to find that information.

The jokes and smart remarks are not very funny, and you get tired of wading through them to find what you are after. After 20 pages of this, you want the authors to just get to the point.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginner's Book
I found this to be a good beginner's book. It covers a great deal of basic detail on colors, saving documents in different formats and polishing up photos. It provides a good mix of theory and practicality. My major criticism is that the author's attempts at humor were trite and excessive. Too much space was devoted to feeble attempts at humor instead of more solid information on filters, layers and tools.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I don't really think of myself as a dummy, but I didn't know anything about this program. This book really helped me get going with it, and my pictures look great now. I recommend this book very highly. ... Read more


82. ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0--The Beta Version
by Alex Homer, Dave Sussman, Mark Fussell
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83. Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
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Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Sales Rank: 68316
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Apple's "Switch" campaign, aimed at Windows PC users who've had it to here with the complexity, intrusiveness, viruses and hassle of life in Windows, is having tremendous success. This concise, entertaining book from celebrated author and New York Times columnist David Pogue shows novices and power users alike how to convert from Windows to Mac quickly and easily.With refreshing humor and jargon-free prose, Pogue tells readers how to move their files, address book and email collection from a PC to the Mac; adapt to Mac versions of programs such as Microsoft Office, FileMaker, Photoshop, America Online and Quicken; find familiar controls in the new system; set up a network to share files with PCs and Macs; and adapt their old printers, scanners, and other peripherals. An important part of this book is Appendix B, the "Where'd It Go?" Dictionary, which includes an alphabetical listing of every familiar Windows feature, and where readers can find its equivalent in Mac OS X. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for all
Even if you aren't switching, this book provides accurate information on Mac OS X and the technical help for transferring documents to a Windows computer. David Pogue, my favorite mac writer, known for his vivid style, won't let you down. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Switch, Mac is Smoke and Mirrors
I read Mr Pogue's Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, and am about to finish reading his Switching to the Mac; BUT let me tell you, I own an imac 17" LCD on a Pedestal with extra ram, extra speakers (candlesticks) and a .Mac account for their lousy mail service and I also own a DELL 2.66 GigaHertz and a 20" LCD Monitor and identical graphics software and Microsoft Office on each Machine and I would choose the Dell hands down for being more dependable, faster and more fun to operate. The Mac also gives me troubles, freeze ups, bad drivers, stupid tech support, phone calls which take 2 hours fix a problem to get to a real specialist.
I have had no problems with my XP Professional. They run together on a cable modem with a router and The PC wins. The MAc needs work. I have owned 14 Macs since 1984 and they are superior in Itunes and ipod but the rest, I have to give thumbs down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not good for most of us
I switched from Mac OS to Windows XP, after getting really sick of not having Mac versions of the software I wanted for finance, medicine, programming, games, etc. This book does nothing for me, except to convince me that I made the right move by using a platform used by 98+% of personal computer users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend enough
If you're a PC user and you're buying a Mac, for whatever reason, do yourself a favor and buy this book. I've been a PC user for most of my life, and all of my previous Mac experience had been with OS 9 or earlier. When I decided to buy a 12" Powerbook (also very highly recommended) I went out and picked up this book. Despite its size I had it read in less than a week. It's very well written, informative but still fun to read, and, a rarity in computer books, even not having the computer right in front of me didn't keep me from understanding and learning from this book. In short, it covers everything you'll need to know to get started, and it does it from the point of view of a PC user, making the transition a quick and relatively painless one.

One word of caution though, if you pick up this book too far in advance you'll be sorry, it'll make the wait until your new Mac arrives almost unbearable.

4-0 out of 5 stars A SWITCHER'S CLASSIC
"Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual" provides a smooth adjustment path for anyone who intends to explore Mac's new environment. This book is a portable classic, whose pages manifested all those qualities found in the 'Missing Manual' series.
Apart from the detailed explanations on how to settle-down in the new Mac environment, this book provided comprehensive coverage: as it concerned all the supportive Mac staples. These extensive discussions include: Quicken for Mac, Mac's Microsoft Office, Filemaker for Mac, Photoshop, and so on.
Also discussed were all the important facts (and features) regarding networking and peripheral configurations. This text is by every means, a reliable introductory to the Mac arena. Traditional Windows users, who seek a Mac adventure, would have a lot to gain from it. But, complementing its efforts with that of an established Mac text would yield better result. In this case, I would suggest either "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" or "Mac OS X: In A Nutshell". ... Read more


84. CCNA Certification Kit, Third Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle, William Tedder
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 213906
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Here is the most effective self-study combination available for CCNA exam 640-801: The best-selling Study Guide AND the cutting-edge simulator, at an exceptional value of 20% off SRP! Sybex's CCNA: Study Guide, 4th Ed. provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives, a testing engine with four bonus exams, 200 flashcards, and sample simulation questions. Using unmatched drag-and-drop simulation technology, the CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition allows you to simulate up to four switches, three routers, and six hosts. Follow the 84 lab exercises or experiment with hundreds of built-in configuration commands to get the hands-on experience you need to prepare for the CCNA exam. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had the Cisco official Course material for the CCNA2.0 course. I brought the CCNA2.0 certification kit it has been my best buy till date. The concepts have been really well explained and if you understand them one shouldnt have any problem passing the exam with high scores.I didnt bother to look at the Ciscos course materials cos I though this book was well organized. Dont expect the questions to be straight out of the books , read the book , check the review question dont memorize it and am sure everybody should pass. Also there were some errors in the book send an Email to MR.Todd and was surprised to get an email back telling me to look at the sybex web site and check the errata sheet. Looking forward to the CCDA and then CCNA

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book / Teaser Trainer
I have looked at most of the available CCNA books. It isn't worth it, you just get confused. This book is enough to pass the test and learn about the basics of Layer-2 and 3 theory.

There are a LOT of mistakes in the first addition. The errata on the sybex.com website has all the mistakes, but whew!

The e-trainer is a frustrating tease. I was so fed up with it after the first lab that I was about to purchase a used router. Even the most basic lab(chapter 4) doesn't have all of the functions supported. However, like I said, it is a tease. The point of the e-trainer is to give you a path to Mr. Lammale's partner: RouterSim. If you have your invoice from this package, RouterSim will cost you $130 extra as an upgrade to e-trainer, or $230 without. So the minute you order this, I recommend going to routersim.com and picking up your updated copy because you won't have the annoyance of e-Trainer to deal with during the labs.

Buy this set, get the upgrade, make Sybex and Todd rich, pass the test, start your path to being 1% as rich as Todd!

5-0 out of 5 stars All in one shopping for your CCNA!
I bought the book and software seperatly as I didn't know you could buy this kit at the time.

I am telling you that you just HAVE to have this kit if you want to pass the CCNA new 607 exam with simulations.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the "HAVE TO HAVE" kit for CCNA!
I passed my CCNA exam after using this kit. I am an MCSE and MCP+I and now a CCNA thanks to these materials. The kit covers the vast majority of what you need to know to pass this exam.

After using several other books to prepare for other exams, this is by far the most thourough. The simulator did have some bugs, but it was still a valuable tool to simulate hands on practice. You can pass the exam using this kit alone, or got to ... for the complete router simulator.

This is excellent for those who want to learn on Cisco Routers and Switches and who are interested on CCNA exams. Certainly this is the best book, well written most of the topics, easy approach.

4-0 out of 5 stars everything you need to pass the difficult cisco-test
Be sure to memorize/practice the exercices included in this book. You'll absolutely need them for the cisco-test (cisco includes router-emulation exercices, and the tests are adaptive !) ... Read more


85. Dan Appleman's Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the Win32 API
by Dan Appleman
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Asin: 0672315904
Catlog: Book (1999-02)
Publisher: Sams
Sales Rank: 144936
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Quickly harness the full power of the Windows(R) 32-bit operating system using Visual Basic. This best-selling guide covers every key element of the core Win32 API--from Windows management and drawing operations to advanced process control and interprocess communication techniques. Dan Applemen shows you how to translate C and C++ based Win32 documentation to Visual Basic, how to port 16-bit applications to 32-bits, and how to design applications to run on different versions of Windows. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for experienced VB programmers
Every Visual Basic programmer who needs to write Windows applications that harness the power of the Win32 API definitely needs to add this book to their Visual Basic book collection. In the past only C programmer's had the ability to access the Win32 api. Since the release of VB5/6 this luxury has been available to the VB programmer as well. This book is not for beginner Visual Basic programmers. It's for expierienced programmer's who want to tap into the power of the Win32 api.

Although you can create full robust windows applications in Visual Basic without the need to access the win32 API, there are certain things that can't be done or are much more difficult to accomplish without the help of the API. After reading this book you will have the skills to create more powerful windows applications with the help of the Win32 API than ever before.

4-0 out of 5 stars For Hardcore VB/VBA programmers
This is a very long book and actually very comprehensive. It
gives required information for you to do your own construction to access Win32 API calls in VB, but then it also gives you plenty of constructed code so that you can just use them right away.

The meat of the book is Part2: Win32 API Functions. Here is where you'll find conversions already done. You can simply go
to the appropriate section of the book and look for your function conversion. The index is rather well put together, start there of course. But you may ask: "What if my conversion isn't in the book?" Well, theres good news -- he explains how to do the conversion. And whatever section (for example, Bitmaps and Icons) of Win32 your funcion falls in, in Part 2 there is a chapter for it, and in the beginning of that chapter Dan goes on and on about relevent attributes about the potential data type (e.g., Handles, or Device Independent Bitmaps) you'll need to find a VB counterpart for.

This book is exTREMELY long, so don't think that you'll be reading through it. It's not designed to be read that way. Here is how you use the book.

Look for the Win32 function in the index.

If you dont see go to the section of the book that most likely deals with it (for example, go to Device Contexts to find SelectObject).

If its there simply copy the conversion. If its not read how to do the conversion then (don't read how to do it until you need to do it -- save yourself some time and thinking).

Why only 4 stars? Eh, it's kinda boring. And I'm one of those C++ guys at heart. And we SelectObject()s the old fashion way. =)

Me.SayGoodbye()

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK
This book is useless for any work or learning.

All samples are made with authors' functions which are in compiled dll written in C++ !?

Each chapter has at least 30% about porting from Win16 to Win32.

And book is filled with listings of forms and projects.

If you remove all this from book, the rest is less than 100 pages with confused explanations.

Do not buy this book. There are much better books around.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's the Bible
For as long as there's been an API for VB developers, Dan has been THE source for reference on how to use it. He is the definitive authority. (How many people can earn that title about anything?)

Use this book FIRST. Then check with other sources of you need to.

5-0 out of 5 stars dan appleman is the API god
it works well as a desktop reference but it also takes a little time to explain some of the more hardcore concepts. i recommend this book to ANYONE wanting to start and sucessfully finish an API project.
from this book it is apparent that mr Appleman believes VB can do ANYTHING by using a little API and, after owning it for a few months, you'll know it's true and you'll know how to make it happen too. a must-have for any self-respecting vb programmer ... Read more


86. Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
by Don Box
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Asin: 0201734117
Catlog: Book (2002-11-04)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Sales Rank: 38214
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I have read Don's Essential COM and was really looking forward to this one, having read the reviews.

While "E COM" covers things you must know about COM, "E .NET" often tells "deductions" about things you aren't supposed to know.

Writing style: how would you like "Having said that" and "To that end" in every other paragraph? Also Don spends 3 sentences where 1 would suffice and doesn't spend enough were it's needed. And I thought I knew his style.

First 1/3 is quite a waste if you already have spent a few month working with .NET and digging MSDN. And if you haven't the last 2/3 aren't for you.

If you expect insights into .NET technologies, such as ASP.NET, Forms or ADO.NET, pass it by. This book as title claims is just that - CLR. It tells you too much about CLR if you just want to use it and not enough if you want to port it to another platform.

There was pretty good explanation of COM-.NET relationships, well, to be expected. If it was up to Mr. Box he wouldn't let COM go, even though he sympatizes MTS team that had problems employing it for AOP introduction.

If you expect to do a lot of porting/plumbing this book is for you.
I'm giving it 3 points and I will leave it to dust until I come across a problem that's been addressed in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Dense Book Full Of Nuggets
In a world where developers are baying for customers' attentions, very few people can claim to command that of the developer. Their blogs may be the only clue to the higher level of thinking that they operate at, creating the answers to why and when code works in addition to the perennial how. Whether he likes it or not, Don Box is one such system-meister. He may dislike writing books, but when one comes out, people pay attention and read. His first foray into text, Essential COM, was the book to explain how COM worked, and his latest, Essential .NET, takes the .NET Framework's Common Language Runtime (CLR), and does exactly the same.

After chapter one's history of the evolution from COM to the CLR, the book takes a bottom-up approach to the CLR, starting with a deep and detailed six chapter look into the core elements of the platform. Chapter two begins with assemblies, the programmatic units in the CLR, and the implications of their construction. We learn how they are versioned, loaded and built, and why therefore they may be written in as many .NET languages as required. There's real depth to the material here - you really do touch the bottom of the abyss so to speak - but it's countered with occasional levity that keeps it a readable book instead of a dense reference manual. The same is true of all the text. To whit, there's even some irony; "To allow old dogs to avoid learning new tricks, there is finalization", he declares in the next section on the Common Type System.

It's here that we discover how different types and interfaces are distinguished from themselves and from one another, and how their variations and relationships are kept separate by the CLR. It's refreshing to note that the proverbial big picture is never very far away from the commentary. After taking time to explore the avenues for types and interfaces, Box notes that types themselves aren't very interesting until you start working with instances of those types and we're off again working through another thirty pages on how object instances preserve a sense of identity, how they are cast into other types and how they incorporate themselves into the concepts of reflection and metadata. Only then do we look at the actual lifecycle of an object, its creation, modification and disposal. The attention to detail is great, and there's pretty much no ambiguity in the text at all, but with that comes a slowness to this section that may have readers floundering in its wash.

One recurring theme of the book is the idea that while there is a very proper way and set of rules for doing things, there will always be circumstances in application development which call for exceptions to be made to those rules and made possible by .NET. This is true at a small scale and, as chapters six and seven prove, at a large one too, covering as they do how the CLR calls and runs methods first on a single machine and then over a wire. How does the runtime treat methods called explicitly, implicitly through a delegate, asynchronously, or as a combination of the three? How do remote calls and types bridge whatever gaps they must cross and activate the remote objects and methods they're targeting? The answers are here.

Essential .NET reflects Box's pride in .NET and also his slight dissatisfaction with it too. You can sense that while he knows .NET version 1 is an improvement over COM, it's not as good as it could be and things are still be done in v2 and beyond. Chapter eight's look at AppDomains and in particular its discourse on threading within and through AppDomains is a good example of this. Meanwhile, we finally come full circle in our investigation of the CLR, seeing how the assemblies we built in Chapter 2 are resolved and executed within AppDomains. Exceptions to rules being included, we also see how objects references are marshaled across AppDomains for inter-application communication if this is required.

The last two chapters look at wider topics around the CLR in as much detail as they can for topics which have entire books dedicated to just them. Chapter nine covers code-access security and chapter ten topics which are not of the CLR but which be can be addressed from within a .NET application: explicit memory management, using p/invoke to import COM methods from DLLs and so on. Both are concisely written and to the point, but unsurprisingly leave you feeling like there's more to these topics than is covered here. Chapter nine is a great and clear introduction to code-level security for example but you'll get a lot more out of Michael Howard's book, "Writing Secure Code" if you want to know more.

Essential .NET isn't an easy read but everyone should try and read it at least once. Focusing on the CLR itself and how it deals with the components of an application means that it truly is aimed at .NET developers as a whole (including those building and using alternate implementations of the CLR). What code examples there are, are given in C# but this is incidental really and won't stop VB.NET, J# or any other developers getting a great deal out of this book.

It's a dense, complex volume that requires a fair amount of effort to understand and use, and to some extent this may put people off. On the other hand, it is so packed with great nuggets of information that they may be inspired to keep reading. Of course, there is the question of whether this book will actually improve your .NET development skills, but in reposte, you can honestly say that no volume details the CLR and its potential so well and that is worth its cover price alone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solidify your understanding
This is not the book to dive into first if you want to really get .NET. It's actually a fairly interesting mixture of what I now consider obvious and what I never stopped to consider. If you are just starting out, I would begin with Richter's book, and then digest this one quickly afterwards. There is a significant amount of overlap, but your final understanding will be very balanced.

5-0 out of 5 stars A dry subject made interesting
There are like a zillion CLR books out there and overall, it's not the type of subject that normally keeps you glued to it. When I got Jeffrey Richther's Microsoft .NET Framework book, I was convinced no one was going to outdo him. Well, it's a close call, but I think they are both Superb books by excellent authors. I've purchased Don's stuff before and really liked it. This book lived up to its expectations.

I think his ability to communicate some of the more obscure areas of the CLR in a very clear matter is what makes this book shine. This book can be understood by anyone because of the writer's gift for writing...but that's not to say it's a novice's book. Wherever you are in the .NET learning curve, there's something for you in this book.

If you really want to learn the CLR, this is a great place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars 35 days of insights
In my POV this is a masterpiece!

I read both (Don Box's book and Stutz's Book)!

Stutz's book has an "inside-out POV" to expose the CLR features,
Don Box's book has an "outside-in POV" to expose the CLR features.

These two books are really cool... Any review less than 3 stars must be ignored! ... Read more


87. How Computer Programming Works (Technology in Action Series)
by Dan Appleman
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Asin: 1893115232
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Apress
Sales Rank: 103013
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Imagine, for a moment, a guy. This guy, about 40 years old, has workedall of his life in a job that doesn't require much knowledge of computers,certainly not of how to write software. Now, imagine that our guy decides tochange career paths and learn computer programming. He goes and buys a bookabout a programming language, perhaps one that promotes itself as elementary.The book presents our hapless guy with recipes that he can follow, it's true,but mostly it confuses him with talk of APIs, linked lists, hashes, and a messof other stuff that he doesn't understand, really. "I can make it all work byfollowing directions," our guy implores into the Void. "But I don't understandwhat I'm doing." This guy needs How Computer Programming Works.

In this book, Daniel Appleman sets out to explain computer programming at aconceptual level, and succeeds admirably. Appleman ignores the peculiarcharacteristics of specific programming languages (leaving them for specializedbooks), and instead uses fantastic color illustrations and lucid text to explainwhat goes unsaid among professional programmers. He also uses pseudocode--a sortof standardized, generic programming language--and examples in BASIC to back uphis points. Although Appleman approaches programming mainly from a proceduralangle (the book would be better with more coverage of object-orientedprogramming techniques, which fundamentally are different, in many cases), thecontents of this book will suit any beginning student of programming andcomputer science--our guy included. --David Wall

Topics covered:

  • Aspects of computer programming that you mustunderstand in order to write code, but that generally are not explainedconceptually in language-specific programming books
  • Variables
  • Loops
  • Pointers
  • Arrays
  • Code blocks
  • Stacks
  • Trees
  • Otherfundamental building blocks
  • Critical algorithms, like the bubble sort
  • Getting from specification to finished product
  • Network programming
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5-0 out of 5 stars fundamental concepts on a silver tray
A good book does not need to be complex. This one does a great job. You could read this book during one hour and learn more than in one semester of COS111. It is so simple. Comcepts are the most important thing to learn. They give meaning to programing. Without concepts, programing becomes meaningless.

5-0 out of 5 stars As clear as it gets!
This book explains the "magic" of computer programming as clearly as can be done. Outstanding use of graphics to illustrate difficult concepts. Concrete analogies to "real world" objects make the virtual world of programming much easier to wrap your mind around.

Outstanding introduction for middle-school, high school, even beginning college level students. Very clearly written, not a lot of unnecessary words - just the right level of explanation to get you thinking in the right direction and to see what the graphics are illustrating. My 13-year old loved it, and finally understands a bit more of what his Dad does all day. I've been doing this for 15 years -- and even I got a better grasp of some things.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars on my list of top 10 computer science books
this book is a fine introduction to computing. imagine a book with cogent, well-illustrated explanations of topics like (1) what a variable is (2) linked lists (3) pointers....

...that also discussed the plusses and minusses of various computer languages....

...and that was useful to a professional programmer, and entertaining for his 13-year-old kid.

that's this book. i occasionally teach introductory programming classes, and i've used this book as a source of handouts and overheads (within the bounds of "fair use" and the copyright laws, of course. :-) ) in my early days as a developer, i also pulled it off of the shelf more than once when i needed a quick graphical metaphor for something that i was trying to understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good intro to computer programming with lots of pictures
I bought this book for a newphew in high school interested in computer programming. It is a good introduction with excellent diagrams and many examples, mostly in Visual Basic. Even an experienced programmer would enjoy the book. ... Read more


88. PCs Para Dummies, Spanish Edition
by DanGookin
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Una PC es una computadora personal que se llama como su primer ancestro, la IBM PC. IBM creó la PC (Personal Computer) luego de años de fabricar computadoras más grandes e impersonales (IPs). Hoy día, la mayoría de las computadoras se conocen como PCs, sin importar si las compra para su hogar o su oficina. No tienen que ser fabricadas por IBM. Bueno, hasta la Macintosh es una PC. Si es suya y es una computadora, entonces es una PC.

Si las PCs lo han dejado perplejo, entonces PCs Para Dummies, 8va Edición, le ayudará a sobrellevar ciertos temores sobre su uso. Esta guía amistosa es para todo aquel que

  • Desea explorar las computadoras por primera vez
  • Tiene una PC que utiliza Microsoft Windows 98 o posterior como sistema operativo
  • Utiliza una computadora, pero no sabe todo lo que puede hacer

A diferencia de otras herramientas que tienen propósitos definidos, una computadora puede hacer una serie de cosas distintas, resolver un número infinito de problemas para un número infinito de personas. Con ellas, puede hacer casi todo con palabras, números, información o comunicación. Eche un vistazo a todo lo que puede hacer con este libro tan útil a su lado:

  • Reconocer las partes básicas del hardware
  • Comprender el software y cómo puede trabajar para usted
  • Conocer el sistema operativo de Windows
  • Trabajar con carpetas y archivos en forma eficiente
  • Comprender cómo usar un mouse y teclado
  • Trabajar con impresoras, escáners y cámaras digitales
  • Explorar la Internet y utilizar correo electrónico
  • Lidiar con problemas del sistema como los virus
  • Localizar averías con PC sin temor

El mayor problema con las personas nuevas en el mundo de la computación es que rápidamente se culpan cuando algo sale mal.  ¡No es su culpa! Las computadoras se descomponen. Los programas de software tienen pulgas. Las cosas salen mal y algunas veces eso ocurriría aunque no estuviera sentado allí en los controles. Una buena parte del tiempo, la computadora actúa mal y PCs Para Dummies, 8va Edición, le ayudará con todo esto. ... Read more


89. Mastering Windows 2000 Professional
by Mark Minasi
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Mark Minasi, the world's #1 Windows NT authority, brings to Microsoft's new generation of Windows operating systems his technical expertise and ability to make topics easy to understand. Completely updated, this second edition teems with in-depth coverage of features new to Windows 2000 Professional, including the file encryption system, Sychronization Manager, and Installer Service, advanced topics such as security and the Registry, and networking topics including administration and remote access. Great for beginners or advanced users, this is an indispensable resource for NT administrators, MCSE candidates, and business and home office users, whether upgrading from Win9X or Windows NT 4. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Edition is OUTSTANDING
If I only had one book on Win2000 Professional, this 2nd edition would be it!

Note: The first edition of this book was good for beginners but did not go deep enough for power users. However, in the second edition, the Minasi we all love from his classic "Win2000 Server" is back--and he is at his best. The 2nd edition is still useful for beginners, but it also has the meat that power users are looking for. Very clear and totally comprehensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most authoritative book on the market
Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows 2000 Professional, Second Edition is typical of the quality of his past books. The second edition is very thorough, well written, easy to understand and probably the most important reference that I have for Windows 2000 Professional. Quality advice, technically accurate and containing many tips and warnings of potential traps, it simply is a required text for anyone working with this operating system. Since my experience has taught me that Mark Minasi's books were quite simply the best on the market and this edition was as timely, thorough, accurate and detailed as any of his other works, I checked out the first edition and soon found out why it had received many poor reviews. There is no better reference for the advanced user nor no better book for the beginner to learn the system accurately and in detail than this book. Buy the book, keep it within reach at all times, get to know it well, because if you are a system administrator it is going to become your best friend... second edition only though.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice source for getting knowledge not as a study source
I bought this book to keep it as a source to depend on when needed, when it was time to use with reading for the MCSE windows 2000 pro exam I did help me to answer some questions that I couldnt found answers for them in the training kit.This book takes u from the basic level up to higher levels of knowledge.In brief good for real problems not so good as a study material.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basic at best
A good book for the beginner but definitely not one for the advanced user. I paged though pulled a few worthwhile tweaks and then passed it on to the help desk. I did like Mark's Mastering Windows 2000 Sever guide!

3-0 out of 5 stars W2K Pro for the Newbie
I was disappointed in this book. The majority of the almost 1000 pages are written for people just stumbling in from the backwoods who've never seen a computer. There are a few tidbits of detail to be gleaned by the experienced user, but more often than not the book spends too many words explaining operations or features that even the most casual user of any Windows OS already knows.

I had hoped for a book that took me deep into the W2K Pro OS, but this one barely let me beneath the surface. A far better book for the experienced is the Windows 2000 Administrators Pocket Consultant, which I purchased at the same time as this one. The Pocket Consultant is getting all the thumb marks. ... Read more


90. Photoshop Elements 3 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
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If you want to do more with images from digital sources, then Photoshop Elements 3 One-on-One is for you. This collection, the third in a series by Photoshop expert Deke McClelland, is a complete training system on how to use Adobe® Photoshop Elements software to create great images. The book contains 12 step-by-step lessons on real-world tasks along with two hours of video tutorials on CD. You can read about a particular technique in the book and then see how it's done first hand in the video.Deke's conversational style and full-color photographs make learning both fun and easy. Both image-editing novices and those already familiar with using Photoshop Elements will find valuable tips on how to create high-quality images for print, e-mail, and the Web. If you want to make your images the best they can be, then Photoshop Elements 3 One-on-One is for you. ... Read more


91. The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide: (With CD-ROM)
by Mark Minasi, Mark Minsasi
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
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Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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The 2003 edition of the best-selling Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide is yet another milestone in the continuing evolution of a title recognized as the leader in its field. Written in Mark Minasi's friendly style, it shows you how to get the best performance from your computer system through upgrading and how to prevent disasters and fix them when they occur. Based upon the author's extremely popular world-wide PC upgrade and maintenance seminars (which cost $800 per person to attend), the 2003 Edition gives PC owners and support personnel all they need to know to deal with the most common PC problems. You'll find new chapters on troubleshooting scanners and flash memory, as well as updated networking coverage and new material on Windows XP, USB, Firewire, and data recovery. This book comes with two CDs: the first includes an hour of instructional video in which PC expert Mark Minasi teaches you his field-proven upgrade and repair techniques; the second CD includes over 30 system tune-up and diagnostic tools. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
While the book contains a lot of great information, there are many parts of it that are outdated. The newest processor covered is the Pentium Pro. The Pentium MMX is barely mentioned, and the Pentium II is unheard of.

Mark Minasi has a great writing style. It's easy to understand and not at all boring.

With the help of this book I went for my A+ certification test. I got 80% on the Core(65% is passing) and 84% on the Dos/Windows test (66% is passing).

The software side was also a little lacking. I mostly relied on other materials for that section.

All in all I would have to say that the information that is provides is top-notch. It just needs to be updated by 2 years or so.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to get if your thinking of building your own!
Initially, I bought this book because of my new position at work. But, as I read more and more of it, I felt more confident about working with a computer's insides, and also about the prospect of building my own 'puter. And I finally did just that; built a Pentium II system. For the most part, it went very smooth, thanks to the wealth of information Mark Minasi provides (knowing how to connect certain cables and finding the #1 pin has made this operation less worrisome). The only negative, was the lack of info. on newer hardware such as the LS-120 drive or AGP, but hey, there's nothing one can do about that. Overall, this is a fine book, to get you from passive user, to "I built my own 'puter" :)

4-0 out of 5 stars A fine piece of work
Minasi has done it again. This was a treat to read and as in previous editions skillfully walks the reader through the minefield of modern technology. Mark makes it seem easy and reading his work it is. The index is also very thorough which is essential when your on a new project and trying to piece together where you are., For us non techie types its easy to get lost in the middle of a problem. The index helps you find your way back. A great piece of work overall. F.C. Wendell

4-0 out of 5 stars Minasi or Mueller?
I have both Mueller's 14th edition and Minasi's 3rd edition and consider them to be superb. If you are going for an engineering degree in computers and like thick technical explanations interspersed with great useable information get Mueller. But, with Mueller don't expect an enjoyable, easy read. But, if you want an enjoyable easy read with great information, get Minasi.

Some complain that Minasi's information is not up-to-date. Well, neither is Mueller's. (In all fairness, Mueller is more current than Minasi.) If you want cutting edge information in any technology field, you are not going to get it in a static book. For that go online to Tom's Hardware and the like. So, bottom line, if you need highly technical information about computer systems (i.e., pin outs, electrical diagrams, etc.) get Mueller. But, if you just want to learn how to upgrade and repair computer systems or get (and maintain) the background necessary for your A+ certification, get Minasi. Better yet, do like I did and get both!

1-0 out of 5 stars Fatally Flawed
I was going to give the book 2 stars, but since the title is the
"COMPLETE PC UPGRADE and Maintenance Guide...", I decided to downgrade to 1 star. In my opinion this book is seriously deficient as an upgrade guide, and inferior to its main competitor (Scott Mueller's book).

This book contains no information that I could find on the latest motherboard chipsets by VIA, Intel, SiS, or Nvidia. These chipsets come in a bewildering array of combinations, and the selection of the chipset is at least as critical as that of the CPU itself. The chipset you select has perhaps greater influence on the performance and price of the motherboard than the CPU. This omission is unconscionable given that the word "Upgrade" was placed in the title.

The information provided on the CPU offerings from Intel and AMD is also very poor. You will find no comparison charts. You find no explanation of AMD's CPU ID scheme which can be confusing because, e.g., an AMD 2100+ runs at a lower clockspeed than 2100GHz. This is information that should be in this book. These are just examples of the deficiencies I found in lack of enough info for one to make an intelligent decision on a CPU and motherboard.

Buy Scott Mueller's book instead. They are roughly the same size, but whereas Mueller's book can be used, this book's main use in my library would be as a doorstop. Thank goodness that I obtained my copy of Minasi's book from my local library, so I can return it without spending a cent. ... Read more


92. Simply Visual Basic .NET
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-10)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great intro to Visual Basic.NET
A great place for anyone to start with programming. If you're already a seasoned programmer you might get bored quickly, but if you're learning VB.NET from the ground up, this book is perfect.

The book is application based, which means that in each chapter you either build or enhance an application from the ground up. This is a great way to see how the concepts translate into reality. You also have to run the programs, so likely there will be the inevitable debugging problems (which is good to get used to if you want to program).

It's slow paced, as it should be for the beginner. There are entire chapters devoted to text boxes and variables and checkboxes. To give you an idea of the pace, Control structures don't appear until chapter 10 (200 pages into the book); Classes and Objects aren't discussed until chapter 19 (400 pages into the book), and Database programming doesn't come along until chapter 25 (almost 600 pages into the book). If you're hoping to learn VB.NET quickly, this is not the book for you. This book is for the programmer who wants mounds and mounds of detail. Persistence will pay off, and when you've eyed the final text on page 752 you'll be well versed in the basics of the Visual Studio.NET IDE and the Visual Basic.NET language (including the basics of Object-Oriented programming and the .NET class libraries). There are even 4 chapters dedicated to ASP.NET to give you a taste of the web programming capabilities of Visual Studio.NET.

I read this book for a refresher (I have previous experience in Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic.NET) and I was able to complete about 2-3 tutorials from the book per day, which computes into less than a month's time investment. Now I feel pretty confident that I have the fundamentals down.

If you're new to programming, or if you want a back-to-the-basics VB.NET book, this one is a good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for begineer
I love this book very much. Colorful, user-friendly and simple to read. If you are the begineer of VB, I recommend this book. You do not need to spend a lot of time to study those thick and professional level in this moment. Get the concept, do more exercises and then you will become an experienced programmer. After that, start to read the professional and thick one. ... Read more


93. ASP.NET v. 2.0-The Beta Version (Microsoft Net Development Series)
by Alex Homer, Dave Sussman, Rob Howard
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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94. Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days (5th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
by Jesse Liberty, Bradley L Jones
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Join the leagues of thousands of programmers and learn C++ from some of the best. The fifth edition of the best seller Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days, written by Jesse Liberty, a well-known C++ and C# programming manual author and Bradley L. Jones, manager for a number of high profiler developer websites, has been updated to the new ANSI/ISO C++ Standard. This is an excellent hands-on guide for the beginning programmer. Packed with examples of syntax and detailed analysis of code, fundamentals such as managing I/O, loops, arrays and creating C++ applications are all covered in the 21 easy-to-follow lessons. You will also be given access to a website that will provide you will all the source code examples developed in the book as a practice tool. C++ is the preferred language for millions of developers-make Sams Teach Yourself the preferred way to learn it!

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95. Publishing a Blog with Blogger : Visual QuickProject Guide (Visual Quickproject Series)
by Elizabeth Castro
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-27)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 39957
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Writing in a journal is all well and good, but when you're ready to share your musings with the world (and you think the world is ready to receive them!), a blog is the way to go. As the latest phenomenon to grow out of the Web, the blog (or Web log) is a diary with a difference: Rather than speaking to yourself, you're speaking to the world -- and, best of all, the world can talk back! Here to get you started is a low-priced guide to the leading free blog software: Google's Blogger. Using large color illustrations and a minimum of verbiage, this compact, tightly focused guide from best-selling author Elizabeth Castro takes you through each step of the blogging process -- from acquainting you with the interface to setting up your blog, creating your profile, posting email, adding pictures and audio, and using BlogThis to post your blog from anywhere on the Web.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fast And Easy Way To Become a Blogger
A blog or weblog is a great way to get started on the web and Blogger.com from Google is one of the most popular software for creating weblogs. In her book, Elizabeth Castro assumes that this may be your first web project as she walks you through the basics for creating a blog at Blogger.com.

First, she gives you an overview of Blogger.com, what the software does, and why she chose it as the subject for her book. After she introduces you to the Blogger Dashboard (the control panel where all the work is done), Castro shows you how to open a Blogger account, give your weblog a name and choose a template. The template does all the work for you when creating your weblog pages. All you need is the content that you want to publish and the template places everything in the correct spot on the webpage. Castro does a great job explaining all of this with step-by-step instructions and lots of illustrations.

Once you have posted your first weblog entry, Castro moves on to more advanced Blogger features such as working with the template tags to customize the look of your blog, how to control the members and comments features, how to post an entry by email and how to use Audioblogger to post an entry via the telephone.

Now that you have your weblog ready for the public, Castro discusses hosting your blog through Blogger's BlogSpot hosting or on your own server. Finally, she shows the many ways to publicize your blog including email and site feeds.

Elizabeth Castro has written many other Visual QuickStart Guide books for Peachpit Press. ... Read more


96. The Non-Designer's Type Book
by Robin Williams
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-24)
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Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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This latest addition to Robin Williams' Non-Designers line of books not only defines the principles governing type but explains the logic behind them so readers can understand and see what looks best and why. Armed with this knowledge, and putting into practice the secrets Robin reveals for making type readable and artistic, readers can then go on to create beautiful, sophisticated, professional-looking pages on their computers for output as hard copy or for use on Web pages.

Each short chapter explores a different type secret including use of evocative typography, tailoring typeface to project, working with spacing, punctuation marks, special characters, fonts, justification, and much more. It is written in the lively, engaging style that has made Williams one of the most popular computer authors today. And it uses numerous examples to illustrate the subtle details that make the difference between good and sophisticated use of type. The non-platform specific, non-software specific approach to the book makes this a must-have for any designer's bookshelf - from type novices to more experienced graphic designers and typesetters.

Please note! If you've read Beyond the Mac is not a typewriter then you don't need this book. This book is almost exactly the same as Beyond the Mac is not a typewriter. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginner to mid-weight Graphic Designers
Robin Williams covers just what you really need to know in this short book. No useless chatter, just important information in a what-to-do and what-not-to-do manner with just the perfect dash of sarcasm and humour to create a relaxed atmosphere for learning.

The book begins with a bit of the history and structure of fonts. Very important information for beginners. But it immediately gets into information which results in an immediate improvement in your work whether you are a typesetter or graphic designer. You would now know what makes for tacky typography and what rules you could break to create a more artistic, daring, and edgy piece of work.

Every topic is accompanied by an illustration of the wrong way and the right way to do things and a list of the fonts used in the illustration (VERY HELPFUL!)

This is definitely a must-have book for anyone in the world of print media.

4-0 out of 5 stars The First Book to Buy for Anyone Entering the World of Type
While the title suggests it's a weak primer for amateurs it is actually an excellent read for all those needing to review the basics of typography. Your work will look better and your confidence will improve after reading this book. Williams style is casual, often humorous, and always easily understood.

Too bad it's just a repackaging of Beyond the Mac is Not a Typewriter. I bought it cluelessly as there is no indication on the cover. A bit of a sales scam behind a generally good book.

4-0 out of 5 stars I don't love typography
I generally find typography one of those dry, tedious details I have to know to as part of my job. But THIS book makes it approachable, understandable, interesting, and even entertaining. As titled, this is a book for NON-designers - people who aren't usually interested in this stuff unless compelled to be, and who don't have a lot of time to learn it. If you're looking for something edgier or for "breaking the rules," this is not the book to start with. However, if you're one of those people with a thousand fonts on your computer and only about 3 you ever use, this book will open your mind to the possibilities.

1-0 out of 5 stars NOT for type lovers
When I picked up this book, I figured that the title, "The Non-Designer's Type Book," meant that it was a book about type, FOR non-designers. After reading it, from cover to cover, I now wonder if the title refers to the author's credentials rather than the book's target audience. I love typography. I sit in theaters and watch every minute of the rolling credits if the font used is well chosen and well displayed. I have a Caslon 540 lower-case "g" pinned to the wall above my Mac instead of swimsuit pics. If you love type, you know what I'm talking about. If you love type, avoid this book and do not recommend it to anyone who hopes to someday love typography and master its use. Robin Williams' cutesy and heavy-handed text, while sometimes informative, is loaded with irritating "insights" as well as written-in-stone directives that are passed off as law. For instance, in at least two places, she states that type should NEVER, EVER be underlined. She says that it's a "law" that should "never" be broken. C'mon Robin! I mean yes, underlining is very often misused, but have you looked at the latest PRINT or CA Annual? There is a time and a place for underlining and the sensitive, savvy designer knows when and how to do it. She outright trashes one of the most elegantly designed faces in the history of the printed word, Helvetica, and glibly states that it will be out of style for the "next two hundred years." What?? Again, has Ms. Williams even looked at what contemporary (and effective) designers are doing these days? Helvetica is alive and flourishing. And, at the same time she is trashing Helvetica, she calls "rendered" type (such as 3D effects, letters that appear to be chiseled from stone or made of, say, salad greens) typography's "most beautiful" trend. She's killin' me!! If you want to fulfill and expand your appreciation for typography, buy Robert Bringhurst's exquisite manual, The Elements of Typographic Style.

5-0 out of 5 stars For professional designers too!
Designers, don't let the title scare you. This is not a dumbed-down guide for amateurs. Yes, it's a great resource for amateurs and they will understand it, but it's also a wonderful guide for professional designers who need to review professional-level typography. It's a must-have reference in my library. Includes lots of ideas on layout, fonts you can use in different situations, fonts that complement each other, increasing legibility and special typographic effects. ... Read more


97. CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition
by Todd Lammle, William Tedder, Bill Tedder
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Asin: 0782130186
Catlog: Book (2001-06-15)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 65232
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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If you're serious about passing the new CCNA exam (#640-607), you need hands-on experience with routers and switches. Until now, this has required access to expensive network equipment--not to mention the freedom to experiment with it. The CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition gives you everything you need and more to tackle Cisco's challenging simulation format questions. You can practice with this, "equipment" on your own, use it in conjunction with suggested labs that cover CCNA exam objectives, or even design custom labs. An enhanced version of Sybex's best-selling CCNA Virtual Lab, this program simulates a network environment consisting of fourrouters, two switches, and four hosts, this program provides hands-on practice for the following topics and more:

* Logging in to a router

* Starting and saving router configurations

* Setting passwords, hostname, IP address, and clock rate

* Static routes and default routes

* Dynamic routing with RIP and IGRP

* Backing up, upgrading or restoring your router IOS

* Telnet

* IP name resolution

* Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)

* Internetworking Packet eXchange (IPX)

* Secondary network addresses and frame types

* Configuring frame relay ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Study Tool
I used this lab plus the Sybex CCNA e-Trainer for 3 weeks and passed 640-507 with a 945/1000 score. This lab isn't perfect as it doesn't replicate the entire IOS command set, but it does give you what you need to become a CCNA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great program when studying for the new CCNA 607 exam!
This is a nice put together program that will help prepare you for the new SIMs that Cisco is using on the new 607 CCNA exam.

If you want to understand the sims as well as gain hands-on knowledge, then this is the software you need, along with Todd Lammle's book - of course!

5-0 out of 5 stars Has what it takes....for very little cash....
Instead of buying routers, I bought the Sybex CCNA Virtual Lab. It was good and I gave it a great Amazon rating. However, this is, and I am guesing here, the Second edition, which basically is just more routers, switches and hosts to configure and work within a fixed network environment. Works great, with more supported commands and worth every cent --much better then any Cisco software product! You MUST get the Todd Lammle Sybex CCNA Study Guide to read along with this product and then practice the labs. Good luck!

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but I found online labs CHEAPER and BETTER.
No question, this lab sim is good and provides a nice topology to work with.

BUT, for the coin you have to spend, you may find a better way to go. Check out IPExpert.com. They provide a free CCNA workbook with about 20 labs in it. Then check out www.gettLabs.com. They provide a FREE rack to work through the IPExpert labs. For no money, you can work with REAL equipment. Read the gettLabs Support forums before you start. There is a lot of helpful infomation for CCNA people using their equipment.

I liked Sybex, but it is just too hard to justify the cost.

1-0 out of 5 stars The simulator pales in comparison to the Cisco Press one
I try to be open minded about products, but I think the only reason this product has been popular uis because there was no competition out there. Now that cisco press has released their new CCNA book with NetSim in it, I can't see any value to this far inferior product. ... Read more


98. Learning Gnu Emacs
by Debra Cameron, Eric S. Raymond, Bill Rosenblatt
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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GNU Emacs is the most popular and widespread of the Emacs family of editors. It is also the most powerful and flexible. Unlike all other text editors, GNU Emacs is a complete working environment--you can stay within Emacs all day without leaving. Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition tells readers how to get started with the GNU Emacs editor. It is a thorough guide that will also "grow" with you: as you become more proficient, this book will help you learn how to use Emacs more effectively. It takes you from basic Emacs usage (simple text editing) to moderately complicated customization and programming. The third edition of Learning GNU Emacs describes Emacs 21.3 from the ground up, including new user interface features such as an icon-based toolbar and an interactive interface to Emacs customization.A new chapter details how to install and run Emacs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, including tips for using Emacs effectively on those platforms. Learning GNU Emacs, third edition, covers:

  • How to edit files with Emacs
  • Using the operating system shell through Emacs
  • How to use multiple buffers, windows, and frames
  • Customizing Emacs interactively and through startup files
  • Writing macros to circumvent repetitious tasks
  • Emacs as a programming environment for Java, C++, and Perl, among others
  • Using Emacs as an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Integrating Emacs with CVS, Subversion and other change control systems for projects with multiple developers
  • Writing HTML, XHTML, and XML with Emacs
  • The basics of Emacs Lisp
The book is aimed at new Emacs users, whether or not they are programmers. Also useful for readers switching from other Emacs implementations to GNU Emacs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for most Emacs users
I have been a vi user for a long time (6 years) and never thought I needed an alternative. This book has shown me the wonderful world of Emacs and its many modes. For very fast editing of text files and search/replace operations, vi is still the best. But for anything else, Emacs is a real time saver. I work a lot with the Fortran and LaTeX modes (with the AUCTeX package) and they both have saved me countless keystrokes, particularly with LaTeX. I find it convenient to keep this book nearby for reference as Emacs' has far too many commands to keep in one's head. It is *certainly* a very good introductory and reference book to Emacs. I will not write Lisp code in my life and the information given here is sufficient for me. Another user has mentioned that rtin and Lynx are better, but most often, you have install another dozen packages before you can use them (atleast if you *don't* use a Linux machine). Gnus works well enough for my occasional newsreading. I highly recommend this book for the 95% that are not too interested in heavy customization or esoteric uses. I most certainly will buy an extra copy to keep as a reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you use Emacs, this book will be your best friend.
One of the best computer books ever. If you use Unix, you must have this book. Emacs is one of the fastest and best text editors available, but it is difficult to learn how to use it. This book is clearly written and has an excellent index which points you right to what you are looking for. The reference card is also very convenient. Buy this book!

3-0 out of 5 stars easy things lengthily described
The title "learning GNU Emacs is deceiving". It is an introduction to Emacs.
If you plan to use Emacs for software development, it is definitively not sufficient.
Moreover, while introducing a feature, the author think useful to write a full paragraph to explain you why you need it (for instance, why you need the command UNDO).
The positive point is that the features discussed are explained step by step so that you are sure that if you read the whole section you will understand and be able to reproduce.
Finally "GNU Emacs Manual" by R Stallman is the reference an Emacs user will need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stuff you never knew even existed plus Eric Raymond :)
Great book .... I've used emacs for 4 years (right around) and i've gained a wealth of knowledge that i never knew .... So; if your going to use Emacs -- get this ... actually I'd get the 3rd edition -- but you still can't go wrong with this -- even if you are using 21.3 ;-)
Plus Eric Raymond even has contribution involved (can't help it ... I'm a fan) so had to mention that.

2-0 out of 5 stars Scratching the surface
A couple of things are not very hard in Emacs. Once you have a new major-mode, it's pretty easy to figure out how it works, by pressing C-h b or C-h m. This book is about the easy stuff; it covers a lot of major- and minor modes. However, it hardly tells you anything at all about the way Emacs is structured and configured. And that is one of the hardest things to figure out when you're starting to use Emacs. (I know by experience, I had to go through quite some pain before I was able to work with it properly.)

So if you want more verbose explanations of major Emacs modes, this is the book you want. If you want to figure out how to customize stuff to your needs, this is not the book you want. ... Read more


99. JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
by David Flanagan
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Asin: 0596000480
Catlog: Book (2001-12-15)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 3868
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Since the earliest days of Internet scripting, Web developers have considered JavaScript: The Definitive Guide an essential resource. David Flanagan's approach, which combines tutorials and examples with easy-to-use syntax guides and object references, suits the typical programmer's requirements nicely. The brand-new fourth edition of Flanagan's "Rhino Book" includes coverage of JavaScript 1.5, JScript 5.5, ECMAScript 3, and the Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 standard from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Interestingly, the author has shifted away from specifying--as he did in earlier editions--what browsers support each bit of the language. Rather than say Netscape 3.0 supports the Image object while Internet Explorer 3.0 does not, he specifies that JavaScript 1.1 and JScript 3.0 support Image. More usefully, he specifies the contents of independent standards like ECMAScript, which encourages scripters to write applications for these standards and browser vendors to support them. As Flanagan says, JavaScript and its related subjects are very complex in their pure forms. It's impossible to keep track of the differences among half a dozen vendors' generally similar implementations. Nonetheless, a lot of examples make reference to specific browsers' capabilities.

Though he does not cover server-side APIs, Flanagan has chosen to separate coverage of core JavaScript (all the keywords, general syntax, and utility objects like Array) from coverage of client-side JavaScript (which includes objects, like History and Event, that have to do with Web browsers and users' interactions with them. This approach makes this book useful to people using JavaScript for applications other than Web pages. By the way, the other classic JavaScript text--Danny Goodman's JavaScript Bible--isn't as current as this book, but it's still a fantastic (and perhaps somewhat more novice-friendly) guide to the JavaScript language and its capabilities. --David Wall

Topics covered: The JavaScript language (version 1.0 through version 1.5) and its relatives, JScript and ECMAScript, as well as the W3C DOM standards they're often used to manipulate. Tutorial sections show how to program in JavaScript, while reference sections summarize syntax and options while providing copious code examples. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference, not a "how to" book
I have yet to meet an O'Reilly book I didn't like, and this is no exception. As an instructor I am always looking for good reference texts and O'Reilly publishes some of the finest computer references available on the planet. They are NOT, however, "how to" books that most beginners will find useful.

Once you have grasped the basics of JavaScript and can tell the difference between a function, a method, and an event handler, THEN buy this book! Until then, stick with references from PeachPit Press, or the Dummies Guides. They will help you get started with a much lower frustration factor. O'Reilly texts assume some working knowledge of how computers work, and Javascript: The Definitive Guide will be much easier for you once you have an understanding of basic programming concepts and theory.

The Third Edition of Javascript: The Definitive Guide has several improvements over the Second Edition. For example, the reference pages include the availability of each command described (i.e. is it JavaScript 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and which version of Netscape or MSIE will it work in). That aspect alone makes it worth every penny because it will save you HOURS of time when trying to write cross-browser friendly code.

Chapter 1 also contains some excellent background information about the history of JavaScript, dispels a few myths, provides an overview of client-side features and addresses security issues. (Not many texts even bother to mention that there ARE security issues when using JavaScript!)

Highly, HIGHLY recommended for intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers, or anyone who is already familiar with object oriented programming and wants to add JavaScript to their tool kit.

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE Javascript Reference!
I can't imagine any serious Javascript developer not having this book in his or her collection. It is the most complete reference I have seen on Javascript, and one of the most professionally written books period.

Where I work, the book is near ubiquitous among our web developers and has proven to be a valuable desk-side resource. I recently bought the 4th edition, after some of my coworkers commented on how worn my 3rd edition had become. No surprise, really, considering that I had to share the 3rd edition among six developers, all of whom were learning Javascript for the first time. I'm glad to once again have a nice, fresh copy of this book, and even more so, glad to have an updated reference with coverage of the new features in Javascript 1.5.

I'm pleased to say that the 4th edition lives up to the reputation of its predecessor. Reading is easy and informative, and the reference section provides answers to just about any question you'd have regarding the language syntax and object model.

If you're a web developer and have no other books in your collection, make sure you have this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best reference on JavaScript I have ever seen
I have read many books on JavaScript before but this is by far the most comprehansive guide to the scripting language. This book is not for beginners.
I use it as a reference guide. If you know the object's name or the method's name on either client side or server side, you can just look it up in this book's index section and it will reference you to a particular page with detailed explonations and more often then not with examples.
Absolutely love this book

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for learning and reference
As a long time C++ programmer, I found this book to be neither too hard or too easy. Readers with no programming experience at all might have a harder time with the text, but if you have any kind of programming background, the text will serve you well. As a reference, the text is second to none. Even the DOM reference is one of the best out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent Definitive Guide
This a very decent reference and so-so tutorial of JavaScript. If you're doing JavaScript you definitely need this definitive guide, definitely. ... Read more


100. MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer
by Hillman Curtis
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Asin: 0735711658
Catlog: Book (2002-05-31)
Publisher: Pearson Education
Sales Rank: 39274
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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With his first book, Flash Web Design, Hillman Curtis quickly earned Flash guru status, and deservedly so. Like the coolest mentor one could ever hope to find, he struck a chord with his audience by sharing not just the nuts and bolts behind his Flash creations, but his ideas on good design methodology.

MTIV expands on that. Here he shares his respect and excitement for new media, gives a blueprint for design challenges of all types, taps into the myriad visual and literary inspirations that fuel his imagination, and shows readers how to get past their own moments of "designer’s block."

Curtis is a fine storyteller. He takes anecdotes of coffee breaks, book tour lectures, work, life, and art, and weaves them around design maxims. For every morsel of advice, there are three or four personal stories that illustrate how he arrived at it and puts it to use. He shows how books, movies, print ads--just about anything--can be used in the search for creative solutions.

The seven steps in "Process" compose the bulk of the book. These are the exact steps Curtis’s design team applies to each project. Without giving too much away, they are Listen, Unite, Theme, Concept, Filter, Justify, and Eat the Audience. (Well, you’ll just have to get the book to find out about that last one.)

In "Inspiration," we learn that Curtis draws from Hemingway, Mies van der Rohe, Sidney Lumet, David Mamet, Leonard Cohen, Mark Rothko, and Joseph Müller-Brockman, among others. And the book finishes with a bang in the third chapter, "Practice," a collection of helpful tips in typography, color theory, XML, grids, and much more, from experts like Joseph Lowery(author of the Dreamweaver Bible) and usability authority Steve Krug.

MTIV is not just an easy read, it’s fun, warm, encouraging, and, yes, inspiring. A self-taught artist, Curtis has made MTIV the perfect Boy Scout manual for those who have stumbled on design as a new career or just languished through too many uninspired afternoons in front of the computer. --Angelynn Grant ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, timely material for anyone in design biz..
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Hillam Curtis, veritable Flash mavens as they are, show less interest in spewing out a snazzy graphic-design treatise or a 'Web Graphics for The Rest of Us' series of tips stash on how to make your designs ooze sex appeal.

They offer instead a rather refreshing and long overdue thoughtpiece on 'New Media' design that is not confined to the web. Our world has obviously chugged along since the days of whimsical DHTML and the other Nielsenesque extreme of prosaic "usability for everything", and we now have truly new mediums, modern technologies that need increasingly intelligent designing for.

This book presents some of the most practical, common-sensical ideologies to deal with such new-fangled challenges. Several philosophical elements of creative design are discussed, and while such rhetoric may not be everyone's bag, the writing is real-worldly and intuitive enough to be engrossing.

What makes it an outstanding book though is the smart undercurrent of design as an art of 'problem solving', with its primary agenda of identifying and meeting goals that target users expect from the medium they interact with.

You won't find tips, techniques and code snippets here except when inevitable to illustrate an idea. When we discuss color for instance, we talk about the affective influences of colour on people, not Pantene decimals or the spokes of a colour wheel. Discussing typography is not about quaint typefaces or font sizes but about leading the reader into the information, aiding and facilitating communication. The illustrations are fresh, exciting and for anyone related to design, veritably inspiring.

Is this required reading in graphic design courses yet? It should be. It certainly could be. A highly recommended reading for anyone in the business of design.

2-0 out of 5 stars I believed the hype ...
and paid the price. Here's my take on it.

Process. Hillman Curtis makes good points about identifying and listening to your audience. Also he warns us, don't get too wrapped up in your design; remember it is the client's web site and their objectives come first.

Inspiration. Curtis recounts several tales about how he gets inspired; but after a few weeks he realizes his "flash" just isn't serving any real purpose, so he goes back to basics. Curtis' claim to fame appears to be the design of the Adobe web site. You decide - is the Adobe web site a source of inspiration for you?

Practice. In this section Hillman defers to other notable web authors, including articles by Joseph Lowery and Steve Krug. These authors are good, but I already have their books. There is also information in this section by other authors on type, font and color. It is all very basic. For example, an entire page is devoted to identifying 12 colors (count em, twelve) as either primary, tertiary or secondary. As an added bonus, red is identified as warm and green as cool.

The slick pages in this book make it too expensive for what you get in return - a glossy photo of Chris Hillman on the cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book full of inspiration
This book was recommended to me as I first began studying web design. It really inspired me then, and it continues to inspire me everytime I read it.

This book is written like a friendly conversation, and you can't help but feel encouraged. Because Mr. Curtis lets you know that someone else has had the same problems and issues that you have, and he shows you how he's worked them out.

It isn't so much a "how-to" book as it is a "how-to-be" book. He illustrates how you can be a more effective new media designer in all areas: client relationships, innovation, production.

A wonderful book. Buy it today, and you won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Tao of Design
Hillman encapsulates what is seemingly basic. As we move ahead in design or any field, experience often tells us what is basic. These are the very principals that need review-refinement. Hillman at times seems to harp on that which is obvious, but with good reason. Doing the simple expertly makes the difficult simple. The contributors insight into technologies that seem esoteric (XML,XSLT), are prophecy indeed. If in doubt take a look at some of the files in MAC O/S 10 or at XML.com. An insightful read but not for those looking for a cookbook. Inspiration, which I value more than how-to, at a great value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book was a very good look into the mind of a new media designer. The creativity ideas in it were very strong. The "process", or the more technical side of it was a very good start to someone who has no background, but very very basic if you have a strong background in any of the disciplines he is trying to teach. ... Read more


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