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161. PGP : Pretty Good Privacy
by Simson Garfinkel
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Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
Publisher: O'Reilly
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Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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If you're concerned about the security of personal information on your computer--or in your e-mail--get PGP using this book. Garfinkel's guide to PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption software is a comprehensive guide to secure encryption for everyone and anyone. So much so that even Phil Zimmerman, who created PGP, said he learned new things from this book. But more than that, it takes you behind the scenes into the fascinating history and workings of the great intellectual adventure story of cryptography. This book is a fascinating read as well as a top-notch guide, and is needed now more than ever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good PGP and cryptography primer
PGP is a fascinating tool. Most see PGP as a way of sharing files, but the creator of PGP, Phil Zimmerman, really want to make a *privacy* tool. I did not realize this and other things until reading this book.

O'Reilly's PGP book can be divided into two sections. The first section is really a history of cryptography and how PGP fits in this context. I found this section surprisingly enjoyable as you learn about the long and tortuous struggle between the NSA and people who want to promote freedom and privacy. On a more concrete level though, you do learn quite a bit about different encryption algorithms and key algorithms, such as the RSA and Diffie-Hellman as well as other concepts important to cryptography. Admittedly, the history itself makes for pretty interesting reading.

The second section is about PGP usage, and it is very thorough in its coverage. You will learn just about every possible feature in PGP, and how to apply them to a number of possible situations. I like reading this book over the PGP manuals just for the time and care put into it, if not the amusing examples.

One thing other reviewers have rightly touched on is the age of the book. TIme has passed. The RSA algorithm is now free and open, and PGP clone called GPG is now in wide use. I am definitely excited to see a 2nd edition of this book in hopes that it will cover such things.

However, regardless of the age, this book is an excellent primer into PGP and cryptography culture, and newbies like me will certain enjoy reading it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jan. 2001, the book is dated, but nonetheless worthwhile
PGP: Pretty Good Privacy is over six years old and such is ancient when compared to the shipping version of PGP.

The first part of the book though is still timely in that it provides a good overview on how PGP was developed. The sparring between Jim Bidzos of RSA & PGP creator Phil Zimmerman is interesting.

The second part of the book details PGP usage. Since most of it references version 2.x, it is heavily outdated. But the book is nonetheless worthwhile if you are interested in the history of PGP. If not, download the free version of PGP and use the documentation.

3-0 out of 5 stars Depends on What You're Looking For
If you want to learn how to use PGP from a UNIX command line, this is the book for you. If you want to know the history of encryption and the development of PGP as a tool. This, too, may be the book for you.

If you want to use the Windows version of PGP, this is not the book for you.

Simon Garfinkel's PGP is certainly informative and is written in light, breezy language that makes it easy reading for even the least technical. But, sadly, this book is so out of date as to be entirely useless with regard to actually using PGP today.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dated but useful nonetheless
This book gives an excellent account of how encryption came into the hands of non-spooks (and I don't mean Clipper). But what really matters is the legacy information on how encryption works. This information hasn't changed since. It also gives the reader a solid base of understanding of what PGP is doing when you use it.

The book is also quite simple to read, so much so that I felt guilty for "studying" a book that was so easy that I could blow through a chapter in twenty minutes. One final note of importance is that because the book is old (94), it is UNIX-centric, which is quite refreshing in today's environment of applications written exclusively for Windoze.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good history of PGP
The first half of "PGP: Pretty Good Privacy" is devoted to cryptography basics and the history behind PGP. It's certainly interesting reading, especially seeing how the relationships among the players developed. If you're interested in this background, then this book is for you.

The second half explains PGP usage and where you can find it online. Unfortunately, a lot of this seems dated -- however, to be fair, the book is over five years old. You'll probably be better off with another resource such as the included documentation. ... Read more

162. CCNP: Routing Study Guide Exam 640-503 (With CD-ROM)
by Todd Lammle, Sean Odom, Kevin Wallace
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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Get ready for your future today! Cisco's new Routing exam is a requirement for both the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) programs. With full coverage of all exam objectives, you'll learn techniques and strategies for building scalable Cisco networks. The CD contains a testing engine, electronic flashcards for PCs and Palm devices, and valuable networking tools and utilities. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money!!!
I really wanted to like this book. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent book but after using the Lammle/Sybex book to pass my CCNA this book is a let down. This book, though not intentionally, is two books. The first half is well-written and explains IGRP, EIGRP, and OSPF in an in-depth, easy-to-read fashion. The second half covers BGP and leaves you scratching your head. I don't know if the topic of BGP is so complicated it's hard to put into words, but considering how much of the book covers BGP (3/10)I will have to look elsewhere for more information.

Addendum - I took the routing test for the CCNP and I can honestly tell you this book is useless unless you like a birds-eye view of information. I knew this book cover to cover, and still there were topics and commands on the test I had never seen before. I also used the corresponding cram session (again I knew it cover to cover)...and the Sybex virtual trainer...and guess what...I failed! (In case you're wondering if it's just my intelligence, I have a master's degree in aqueous geochemistry).

Stick with the Cisco books...a bit more dry to read, but far more informative.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the Exam, Not Good Enough If You're Out to Learn
This book is a good study tool for those of you preparing for the CCNP Routing examination. Although I have a good amount of experience with Cisco routers, which aided my preparation, there were several areas on the exam that I had no, or very limited, experience with. When combined with my previous experience this text, by itself, was sufficient to pass the exam.

For the most part the topics in the text were covered in a logical and thorough manner. Additionally, the topics discussed in the book were covered in sufficient detail to allow a person with limited router configuration experience to pass the test; however, there were a couple glaring areas of weakness in the text when compared against the exam. To score well on the exam you must have a fairly detailed grasp of EIGRP and OSPF configuration. This guide, though it provides sufficient information to pass both areas, does not provide enough depth and complexity in either area to score well.

I would not recommend depending solely on this reference to prepare for the test if you have very limited router configuration experience.


Exam Cram is a better study guide than this and that is not saying much. This book has approximately 250 pages of useful reading and 200 pages of Fluff. In depth protocols such as OSPF, and BGP are explained in less than 30 Pages. There is almost no way possible for someone to really get an understanding of these topics from this book. Cisco certification is highly regarded in the industry for certifing professionals that understand IP routing and this book is not the one to help you. Purchase the Cisco Press Book or Doyle's Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1 and stay away from this one!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Guides
I have used these books for two of my Cisco exams, and can honestly say that they really, really are worth every penny. The way that Todd writes such heavily technical material is wonderful. They're easy to read, easy to understand, thorough, and cover everything you need to know to pass! He has a style that is unique, and makes it easy to remember such complex content. I will buy all his study guides for my Cisco path!

2-0 out of 5 stars Just don't like.
I used the Cisco Press Exam Certification Guide series to pass the CCNP exams. I got this one and I just don't like the higher level, skimming topics writing style. I'm not saying that I always understand the lower level stuff at first read, but I like the option of trying. The chapters I read of this book seem to offer not much more than high level topic summaries. The high number of typos bug too. ... Read more

163. Professional ASP.NET 1.0, Special Edition
by RichardAnderson, BrianFrancis, AlexHomer, RobHoward, DaveSussman, KarliWatson
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-22)
Publisher: Wrox
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Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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What is this book about?

This comprehensive compendium provides a broad and thorough investigation of all aspects of programming with ASP.NET. Entirely revised and updated for the 1.0 Release of .NET, this book will give you the information you need to master ASP.NET and build dynamic, successful, enterprise Web applications.

What does this book cover?

Here are just a few of the topics covered in this book:

  • What ASP.NET is, and how it makes building applications even easier
  • How easy it is to work with ASP.NET pages and server-side controls
  • Accessing data of all kinds in your ASP.NET pages
  • An introduction to ADO.NET
  • Getting started with ASP.NET and the .NET Framework
  • Creating ASP.NET pages, working with server controls, and data management
  • Developing, securing, and configuring web applications
  • Exploring Base class libraries, components, and extensibility
  • Working with Web Services and ASP.NET in the mobile arena
  • Debugging, performance, migration, and interoperability
  • Integrating this knowledge in real world development contexts

Who is this book for?

This book is aimed at experienced ASP developers working at the leading edge — rather than the casual ASP developer or beginner. We do not cover the basics of COM, ASP, or the .NET programming languages. This book is also ideal for Visual Basic developers who want to move into Web application design.

What do you need to use this book?

Here's what you need to know in order to use this book:

  • A solid understanding of ASP
  • Familiarity with VB or C-based syntax (C++, Java(TM), or C#)
  • A desire to develop sophisticated ASP.NET applications using the .NET Framework
  • A desire for a comprehensive and in-depth guide to this exciting new technology
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3-0 out of 5 stars More Like Reading A Reference Book
This book is long and tedious to read, more than 1400 pages with small printed text :( . The first 400 pages seem to have a lot of repeating materials that are already discussed in earlier chapters, possibly due to the confusion between too many authors and lack of editors.

There are tons of code samples in the book, but most of them are fragmented, some are buggy, and some are very confusing. Though pardon my criticism for I am no expert in ASP.NET, yet I felt the book could have make it clearer if it was to have a mixture of simple fundumental code examples, rather than all with excessive use of server controls.

Nevertheless, to fully digest the codes in this book, you really have to break away from the old ASP programming styles, which for many of us ASP savvy, is like jumping off a perfectly fine airplane - not an easy thing to do, and will take some time to get comfortable. Regardless, coding in ASP.NET is like a new generation - lots of changes, lots of old habits to break. :( || :) ?

This book does covers a lot of ground on what you can do with ASP .NET, probably more than any other books on the market at this moment (remember 1400 pages). But the way this book cover from one subject to the next, the unfulfilled potholes will only leave you an uneasy feeling of caution. Just like reading a reference book, if you know what you are doing, you will feel right at home. But if you don't, you will need more books to supplement. Just as I put in my title review and coincidently enough, this book does make a good reference too.

Overall, this book could have been better written and edited. Repeated materials should have been taken out and save some trees. For a book this size (1400+ pages), it is a low-blow to force readers in finish reading it only because of the price he/she bought it for . Put it this way and if I may quote from this book, "...time better spend watching paint dry!", or one of my favorite by Dale Rogerson, "...time better spend watching metal rust!". Yes, time like this I really missed reading the SQL book written by Rob Vieira.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Torch In The Dark
When ASP.NET was introduced it sounded like a lot of our development problems were solved. Web Functionality doubled, dev time halved, it sounded too good to be true; which it was, as actually getting our heads around serious dev issues with this new technology meant a very steep, almost overhanging learning curve, often stopping dead where the MSDN online help finished. One of the guys nipped down the book shop one lunch and came back with this book. We havent used the online help since. It covers just about everything you need to know to get your first show on the road. at just over 1300 pages there is a lot to take in, but its worth it if your taking it seriously. The book tackles ASP.NET specifics rather than design techniques so if your looking down that road i would recommend another wrox title ASP.NET Distributed Data Applications as this covers more of the hows and whys of data driven sites.

2-0 out of 5 stars MCSD.NET,MCSE,MCDBA,MCSA and MCT
oh, I hope that the authors read my review. This could me the best ASP.NET book in the market but it isn't. Many pages, many chapters and many information but all these need time to manage and arrange. I think that the former publishing company just wanted to publish 1000+ book. Please in the future try to make in better. Something like Professional ASP.NET using C# and Professional ASP.NET using VB.NET. And please authors not more than 1000 in the same book.

Alghough I like many of the former wrox's titles.
Michael Youssef
Microsoft.NET Architect/Trainer

2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of pages, too little useful content
The first thing you'll notice is that the book is mainly concentrated using That is fine, but looking at the code as a c++, c#, java programmer just begins to drive me nuts. If you want the c# examples, you have to download them. If you like to write the code to help you learn, this book is not for you. Chapters 5 and 6 are almost wholly useless as far as examples go, but a decent read for understanding how works. The web services and mobile controls were nice. The datastore chapters were good for understanding I would have expected to see more OO design in the professional book. If you have an book already, this won't bring many new revelations to you. If you are looking for a single book, this is a decent one to have. If you are beginning, this book is not for you, as the examples just aren't concise or clear enough.

In short the book isn't worth it if you have some books already. If you are developing with currently, this may be a decent reference. However, you might find more use using MSDN for reference. A sub par wrox book.

3-0 out of 5 stars You'd think it would be more help
I got this when it was basically the only book out there. Since then, whenever I have an ASP.NET problem I open this book, search vainly through the 1300 pages for coherent help, then give up and go to google groups. With all that writing you'd think that I would occasionally find my answers in there... ... Read more

164. Introduction To Computer Science Using Java Student Edition National Edition
by Jesse Liberty, Kent Quirk, Seth Weiss
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165. Laptops For Dummies® (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
by DanGookin
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* With a generous dash of humor and fun, bestselling author Dan Gookin shows people how to select the right machine and tackle typical laptop challenges
* Laptop sales recently surpassed those of desktop machines-a trend that seems likely to continue
* A must for laptop newbies as well as road warriors who need to get the most out of their machines
* Covers synchronizing with the desktop, accessing the desktop remotely, coordinating e-mail pickup between two machines, wireless networking, managing power, and securing a laptop
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166. Simply C#: An Application-Driven Tutorial Approach
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tim Hoey, Cheryl H. Yaeger
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-04)
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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 C# 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 C# Programming. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent approach!
If you are like me and need to have 'hands-on' practice to learn new things, then this is the book for you. Lots of code with concise and detailed explanation of all the concepts being presented. A step by step tutorial with each exercise building on the previous one. You become 'immersed' in the code with the end result that you actually learn something.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good for a beginner
If you are new to C# and has no experience with other C based languages (C, C++, Java), then this book should be the first book you should read. All the rudimentry concepts are explained in detail. The practice problems are marvelous. The author, unlike most programming authors, clearly understands the paramount importance of writing practice programs to learn a new computer language.

If you want to have a heavy duty understanding of ADO, ASP, and OOP, then this book will come up short. But there are other books in the market that will fill that niche.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply C# Bravo!
For the authors of Simply C#. A note from a guy who programs for the challenge and fun of it. I am in chapter 32 of Simply C#. Bravo for a wonderful learning experience! I have seen (and bought) lots of Programming Books (Basic, C, C++) over the years, yours in number ONE on my is a joy to work with..Thanks..Thomas J. McGrail. Longs, SC ... Read more

167. C For Dummies, 2nd Edition
by DanGookin
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-26)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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* A fun and easy introduction to C programming that draws on content from the author's classic C For Dummies, Volumes One and Two (1-87805-878-9 and 1-56884-915-X)
* Gets newcomers up and running fast on C fundamentals-from conditional statements, constants and variables, numeric values, and arrays to strings, functions, pointers, and debugging-and shows them how to write their first program
* Includes more than 100 sample programs that novice programmers can readily adapt, as well as a companion Web site with links to a freeware C compiler
* Updated throughout to comply with the latest ANSI standard
* Written by bestselling author Dan Gookin, whose DOS For Dummies launched the For Dummies series back in 1991-and whose knack for demystifying complex topics remains undiminished
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Well written, easy to understand, and funny. Worth every penny. ... Read more

168. Robin Williams DVD Design Workshop
by Robin Williams, John Tollett, David Rohr
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-25)
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Robin Williams DVD Design Workshop provides a clear, accessible introduction to the world of DVD menu design and authoring. If you're an amateur video artist, home-movie buff, or professional designer, you can use this book as a great introduction to learning how to create DVDs for your personal use or professional projects. John Tollett, David Rohr, and Robin Williams make it easy by presenting necessarytechnical information and design inspiration in the classic informaland friendly style that has made Robin's books continual best-sellers.

Robin Williams DVD Design Workshop provides all of theinformation you need to understand the DVD authoring process and to get started with your own DVD projects. You'll learn about the advantages of the DVD format, applications of DVD technology, hardware requirements, and the pros and cons of various consumer vs. prosumer DVD authoring tools. The book also includes overviews of leading Mac and PC DVD authoring software tools, such as iDVD, MyDVD, DVD Studio Pro, DVD Producer and more. To get you inspired, the authors includeexamples of successful (and sometimes unusual) DVD interface designs from professional designers and major Hollywood studios. Valuable outsource resources for packaging and distributing your own DVD are also included. ... Read more

169. Java 1.5 Tiger : A Developer's Notebook (Developer's Notebook)
by David Flanagan, Brett McLaughlin
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-25)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Quick learning about 1.5
Java 1.5 has started to emerge into general usage. But most of us Java programmers are still safely ensconced in 1.4. Not a few are undoubtedly wondering what the big deal is about 1.5. If you're like me, you are probably quite satisfied with 1.4.

Well this book quickly attempts to change that opinion. It hits all the new stuff, with simple descriptions and example code. Like autoboxing. Nothing deep about this, to say the least. But it really eliminates a lot of visual clutter in your source code, when you have to go between a primitive and its wrapper type. It is the analog of how you can do (eg) System.out.println(' t='+t+' d='+d); where t and d can be any primitive types, and the jvm figures out the printing for you. You don't have to specifically describe the output format for each type, as you have to in C. The wonder about autoboxing (and its inverse) is that it was not introduced way earlier. Well, anyway, you have it now.

Long time C programmers will also welcome varargs, which are variable argument lists. Ever since Java came out in 1996, many asked for this ability. This push has gone on for years. Finally, they scored and we have varargs.

Other 1.5 changes are covered. But the above should be enough to give you a flavour of what the book offers. ... Read more

170. Marty Hall's Servlets and JavaServer Pages Training Course
by Marty Hall
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-04)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Course!!!
I owe Marty a lot for my livelihood.
I have used many JSP materials and I am sure I will be using a lot more in the future.
As an independent trainer and consultant, I teach experienced developers and consult on corporate projects. The consulting work come as a result of the training I give and through word-of-mouth refferals.
As we all know, the reputations of people like me does not last much longer than the previous course - which means that I have to keep improving my material and presentation else I am out of a job.
Marty's course is comprehensive and presented in a lively, easy to follow manner. He does not only show you how things are done, but more importantly why - it is like being there, with the added advantage that you can always replay the lecture. I have listened to the audio a few times and I sure am going to listen to it again.
Another thing: Marty is one of those few authors who have taken the time to answer my queries.
Well done Marty - it is a pity there are not many teachers like you out there!

5-0 out of 5 stars fast track intro, hits salient points
I think this package is great. I would like to see more multimedia presentations such as this one. I would prefer everything to be electronic (presentations, tests, video, everything), and it would be nice if you could mark your place in the course electronically. There's a little too much video of Marty Hall waving his hands around (I'd rather be staring at code, hopefully with the parts he's talking about highlighted). However, overall I think this is an excellent introductory course because it not only familiarizes the reader with servlets and jsp, but also is chocked full of helpful hints, warnings of pitfalls, and guidance on good design practices.

By the way, the video won't work properly in either internet explorer or netscape. But if you open both browsers simultaneously, and play a few seconds of the video in one browser, and then stop the video in that browser, and then watch the full length of the video in the other browser, then the picture will look just fine. ... Read more

171. Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plugins
by Erich Gamma, Kent Beck
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Asin: 0321205758
Catlog: Book (2003-10-31)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co
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Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) for software. It also represents an ideal, incorporating modularity, extensibility, and community. Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plug-Ins is therefore significantly more than a book about how to write plug-ins for the Eclipse framework. The book--by software patterns guru Erich Gamma and "extreme programming" exponent Kent Beck--explains how new Eclipse modules should interact with existing software elements, and make themselves further extensible. It also emphasizes the importance of packaging new plug-ins and making them available to others as new Eclipse features. The book's emphasis is on community, and helping the Eclipse project grow and improve.

That said, this book is an excellent how-to guide. Gamma and Beck take the time to carefully detail a couple of model plug-in projects--including the industry-standard Hello World exercise--and take care to explain the highly visual Eclipse development process one step at a time. They don't unleash bushels of source code on the reader, but nonetheless manage to walk the reader through a series of progressively more elaborate extension projects that exercise some of the most exciting parts of the Eclipse framework. As you'd expect from a book involving Gamma, discussion of patterns appears with increasing frequency toward the book's conclusion, enabling the reader to expand on the authors' shared wisdom and understand the Eclipse design better. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to extend the Eclipse development environment--both in the narrow sense of writing code that makes the software do something new, and in the broad sense of participating in the Eclipse community. Specific coverage addresses extension points, markers, perspectives, and help. There's also a guide to the Eclipse architecture, framed as a series of "pattern stories." ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Ego Gratification
I'm sorry but this book seems to be more about gratifying the authors' egos than actually helping anyone contribute a development tool to eclipse. As a previous reviewer indicated there is a CULT feel to the whole business. Page 2 shows the pyramid of enlightenment. One can imagine Gamma and Beck sitting on the point. Of course there's money to be made in such cults and I suspect some of the "rave reviewers" are trying to cash in.

However, eclipse itself is not so bad and the on-line documentation (as opposed to this book) is actually useful. I particularly recommend the articles by John Arthorne.

I'm sorry about giving such a negative review but I think it's important to discourage this kind of "cultism."

2-0 out of 5 stars Feels like a first draft
Big name authors, but the book really doesn't deliver.

The authors take the approach of guiding the reader through 3 "circles" of eclipse development. This reasonable pedagogical approach is underminded by frequent errors and unexplained changes/additions to the code being developed.

Circles 0 and 1 take the reader through the canonical "Hello World" example followed by a more substantial example Test plugin. Circle 1 is particularly let down by various unexplained additions to the code being developed. Additionally, complex code approaches are adopted which hinder the explaination of the task at hand.

Throughout these circles, various interesting but unnecessary sidebars meander through justifications for why the Eclipse way is "Right"[tm]. These sidebars are poorly placed and delve far into the philosophy behind Eclipse. The content of these sidebars is interesting, however the diversions only serve to muddy the waters at a point where the reader is mostly interested in learning how to write a plugin. (As opposed to becoming a member of the Eclipse cult.)

Circle 2 continues with the development of the test plugin started in circle 1, expanding functionality and exposing the reader to further aspects of plugin development.

Finally, circle 3 takes a higher level look at appropriate patterns for plugin development. This is the place where the earlier philosophy and detailed information scattered in circles 0 and 1 would have best been presented. (That is after the reader has a grasp of the terminology and has got enough speed up for the information to be useful.)

Overall, the writing is reasonable but tends towards sloppy in places. In a sense the writing feels like it needs some quality time with a good editor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots to Offer
Guess the only negative review on here established that you probably shouldn't buy this book if you consider yourself an expert on the subject. I'm usually sympathetic to criticism of books that claim that the examples are too simple (very common, showstopping problem with MANY books), but in this case, I think the balance that is struck is just about perfect. You can follow what is being done in the code while reading along, and the code actually does stuff that is useful.

The real reason this book deserves 5 stars is, the secret is that this book is actually 4 or 5 books in one, and it's also perhaps one of the best practical guides to the future of programming. Consider:

1. Just the unit testing aspects of this book are better than in many books that are just about unit testing.

2. Framework programming is a really dimly lit subject. The only frameworks most people have any experience with are UI frameworks. Eclipse is a great example of a comprehensive framework, given the fact that all things are done as extensions. Just that aspect of this book is a hugely important lesson to be gleaned. The literal expert will say they already knew how to do each step; the structuralists in the crowd know that a big part of successful pedagogy is having people experience the making of something (in the same way that cookbooks are a fusion of things to learn about technique, not just a collection of specific recipes).

3. The pattern discussion is good and benefits from its situation in the broader framework context. (Checkout the Junit Cook's Tour article by the same authors; it is one of the best short works on patterns around.)

The only knock on this book is that it's about Eclipse 2.x. At Eclipsecon a couple weeks ago, almost the whole room raised their hands during a straw poll about how many were using 3.x. Because of the above, this book is still worth it. Would have been nice if someone updated the code to compile with 3.x though.

1-0 out of 5 stars beginners guide only
I just received my copy, expecting a pound of deep revelations about the philosophy and architecture of eclipse, which could also benefit a rather experienced plugin developer like I consider myself. After all, the illustrous names on the front cover seemed to justify the expectation that this was not a "plugin programming in 3 days" course. However, the book I held in hands was of the kind that could easily be condensed to booklet format if a lesser generous layout and was used. The numerous screenshots contribute their part, although the volume is still rather moderate.

In the end, my conclusion is that this book may have been put together in a similar manner as described on the back of the cover: "Erich and Kent enjoy programming together while glacier hopping high in the swiss alps".

Let me add that this review is mainly from the standpoint of a fairly experienced plugin programmer, and it is from that standpoint that I only rate it one star. The situation may be different for someone who needs a brief introduction to get going in this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent Book about Eclipse contribution
This book is Excelent. It is written in a clear way, with a very accesible language and excelent examples that get you going, in just a matter of hours, into writing full Eclipse plugins. The authors teach every lesson with perfect examples and pointers to the Eclipse platform. This book is great not only for learning how to contribute to Eclipse, but also for learning Eclipse itself! It could very well be a book about "Learning Eclipse by writing plug-ins".

This book is an excelent guide and a reference all Eclipse developer shoould have. ... Read more

172. Little Mac Book, The, Panther Edition (Little Book Series)
by Robin Williams
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Whether it was the brand-new iChat AV that got you or the fact that it can now can slip seamlessly into your home and office networks, Apple's Mac OS X Panther has you in its clutches. To start using it the way you want--to surf the Web, send email, exchange files, print documents, and more--you need this classic guide. Adopting a back-to-the-basics approach, this beloved Mac volume has been completely revised and rehauled to introduce you to the considerable joys of Panther. In her gentle, friendly, funny style author Robin Williams shows you how to dive in and start using your brand-new OS. Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran user making the upgrade, you'll welcome the straightforward, jargon-free explanations delivered in logical, easy-to-follow sections. You'll also find complete coverage of all that's new in Panther: personal videoconferencing with iChat AV, superfast PDF previews, a vastly improved system view with the redesigned Finder, improved Mail and Safari Web browsing, and more.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not enough coverage
I usually like Robin Williams' books but I am reallly disappointed with this one. I can't even find anything about the expose feature which is one of the main new features for Panther. If she doesn't cover this, I am wondering what else is missing. I really feel like I was cheated out of my money. This book might be useful to someone who isn't familiar with Mac OS, but it won't help anyone looking for new features in Panther. ... Read more

173. Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible
by DekeMcClelland, MarkHamburg
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Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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If reading through nearly 1,000 pages of Photoshop tools, tricks, tips, and errata is your idea of a good time, Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible is the book to get. Packed with everything a new user needs to know about the leading image-editing application, this book has much to offer and only a few drawbacks.

Five main sections run the gamut from an introduction to the application and interface to basic and sophisticated painting, masking, layering, and text techniques. One of the most important sections is saved for last: "Color for Print and the Web." Color management and calibration for different output systems is never easy, but understanding how and why color is handled in Photoshop, and for different systems, will go a long way toward helping you become a real master.

A favorite feature, and one seen far too little, is a complete version of the book in PDF format on the accompanying CD-ROM. It has no color images, and items in the index and table of contents are not clickable, but it makes for far easier searching when you're looking for a specific command or phrase. The CD-ROM also contains four bonus chapters, third-party plug-in demos, 48 high-resolution stock photos, and a large, full-color gallery of artwork from 16 Photoshop artists.

The book itself is clearly written and cleanly formatted, but even though there are plenty of screen shots, none of them appears in color. This is disappointing, in light of the fact that the book is all about a color image-editing application. The 32-page color gallery and the wealth of color images on the CD-ROM make up for this somewhat, however.

If you've never bought a Photoshop book and you've just moved up to Photoshop 6, this book makes a handy reference and source of inspiration. Packed with more information than most Photoshop users will probably need, Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible makes an excellent Photoshop companion. --Mike Caputo ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars The PS 6 Bible is a fat disappointment
I prefer to use software books as references. Many of the "Bible" books are really useful this way. But in order for that to be so, the book has to have a decent index. This "Bible" fails miserably on that count. An example: I tried to look up "Acrobat" to see if I could save a file in the PDF format from Photoshop. Adobe Acrobat files are a standard in the publishing industry these days. There is actually a page and a half in the Bible on saving as a PDF, but there is no entry for "Acrobat" or "Adobe Acrobat" in the skimpy index. The last "Photoshop Bible" that I bought was for PS 3. A lot has changed in the program since then. Versions 5, 5.5, and 6 of PS have all been major revisions, but there is relatively little new material in the PS 6 Bible compared to the PS 3 Bible. Save your money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Looks good but it is trouble
All in all, this is a usable book if you take the time to discover essential details that are missing. As you get into more sophisticated topics you find that about 10% of the procedures described in the book do not work. Essential steps, thate could have been spelled out in a line of text, are missing and I have to experiment for close to an hour to discover what they are. The book is too verbose and could be condensed to half its size, with no loss of content. The humor is weak and adds nothing to the book; I never got a chuckle (and I like to laugh). There are no examples of creative use of Photoshop, even though this is why we want to learn the darn thing. I have used computers everyday since 1969, so I don't think that my troubles are caused by my ignorance. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a better book, since I stuck with this one and I managed to learn what I need. It is not a bad book to get you started,but you should look at other books before buying this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars what's so great about these bibles
don't like it at all; inside photoshop 6 by new riders is 342434 times better.
i gave mine away and bought inside photoshop 6.
don't take my word for it, go to your local bookstore and peruse thru both and compare. it's obvious in my opinion. i only settle for the best.

i think this book was more of a "mr deke mcclelland trying to impress or pick up girls with his humor book." lol

i hope he got some email requesting dates with him.

and if you are a BIBLE fan by idg/hungry mind books, are you even aware of NEW RIDER BOOKS? get with the program.

3-0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad
"Bible" is a bit of a misnomer. A better description would be "everything detail you would ever want to know about Photoshop".

The book is incredibly detailed. Each and every menu option are described and cross referenced, no stone left unturned. And yet it is readable (if you can lift it). Adobe has come a long way in making their manuals and help files much much better. That said, if you are looking to become a basic or mid level Photoshop user, this may not be the book for you. If you want to know the pros and cons to using a fade on a custom brush with your pressure sensative tablet (you get the picture)... then this book is required to at least have at hand.

I have dabbled with photoshop for many many years, but never really did use more than 10% of the program functions. So I've bought and checkout many books out of the library so I can improve my reults and save time. I scanned this book cover to cover (well almost) - and probably READ about 1/2 of it. While there was SOME very valuable content, the book was mostly a recap for me.

My biggest complaint is that the book spends precious little space on explaining TECHNIQUE. It is more about explaining functions in complete detail. It would have been better if the few techniques and exercises in the book were somehow highlighted or set apart from the text. There are much better sources for that info anyway.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Digressive, poorly planned, uninspired. ... Read more

174. Java How to Program, Fifth Edition
by H. M. Deitel, P. J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-16)
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Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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The complete, authoritative DEITEL™ LIVE-CODE™ introduction to programming with the Java™ 2 Platform Standard Edition, JDBCT™, Servlets and JSP™

Java™ has revolutionized software development with multimedia-intensive, platform-independent, object-oriented code for Internet-, Intranet- and Extranet-based applications. This fifth edition of the world's most widely used Java textbook explains Java's extraordinary capabilities, presents an optional object-oriented design and implementation experience with the Unified Modeling Language (UML) from the Object Management Group™ and introduces n-tier Webapplications development with JDBC™, Servlets and JSP™.

Dr. Harvey M. Deitel and Paul J. Deitel are the founders of Deitel & Associates, Inc., the internationally recognized corporate training and content-creation organization specializing in Java™, C++, C, C#, Visual Basics®, .net, Visual C++® .net, XML, Python, Perl, Internet, Web and object technologies. The Deitels are the authors of several worldwide #1 programming-language textbooks, including Internet & World Wide Web How to Program, 2/e and C++ How to Program, 4/e.

In Java How to Program, Fifth Edition the Deitels introduce the fundamentals of object-oriented programming in Java. Key topics include:

Swing GUI/Event Handling
Encapsulation/Inner Classes
Data Structures/Collections
JDBC™/Servlets/JavaServer Pages™
Graphics/Java 2D™/Images/Animation/Audio
(Optional) OOD/UML/Design Patterns
Java How to Program, Fifth Edition includes extensive pedagogic features:
Hundreds of LIVE-CODE™ programs with screen captures that show exact outputs
Extensive Internet and World Wide Web resources to encourage further research
Hundreds of tips, recommended practices and cautions—all marked with icons for:
Good Programming Practices
Software Engineering Observations
Performance Tips
Portability Tips
Look-and-Feel Observations
Error-Prevention Tips
Common Programming Errors

Java How to Program's teaching resources include Web sites with the book's code examples (also on the enclosed CD) and information for faculty, students and professionals; an optional CD (Java 2 Multimedia Cyber Classroom, 5/e) with solutions to about half the exercises in Java How to Program, 5/e, interactivity features—including hyperlinks and audio walkthroughs of the code examples; and access to the authors at ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Deitel & Associates
Book Review:
Java How to Program, 4th ed.
Advanced Java¬ô 2 Platform How to Program
Deitel & Deitel

I finished three java programming courses at Santa
Monica College two of which required the Java How to
Program, 4th ed., the other was a java w/data
structures course and I used the Java How to Program,
4th ed. and the instructors lecture notes. I bought
the advanced book to learn more about java and the
net, java 2d, 3d and j2me since I am into pc and
online video games development, and data base
connections with jdbc since I know sql. Design
patterns and enterprise java case study give
industrial strength business applications.

The authors packed and packed java into these books.
The books are easy to follow, and everything works. I
found the exercises challenging but not overwelming. I
have not ran across an exercise I cannot do, although
some require in depth study of the topics covered. And
when if all comes together it's fun. The chapters

build on each other very well, and the materials moves
fast and stays interesting.

The cd's have everything I need to get started: what
to install, how to install it, how to set the
environment. The forte community edition is packed
with java building and debugging tools that make java
programming faster and easier to follow. Try the
Reformat Code tool, and check out the text coloring.

I cannot say enough about these authors and their
materials. Anybody getting into java programming will
be more than satisfied for a long time.

Thank you Deitel & Associates

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for future programmers
I disagree with the last reviewers of this book because they may not have had pervious programming or have not coded with the Java programming language. This books is probbly the best to learn Java with due to its low technical terms and pharses.
One of my college classes uses the 4th edition of this book and after reviewing this edition (5th), I highly recommend it. It has greater clarity about subjects then the 4th edition and the new highlighting within the code makes it eaiser to follow along. Also the authors did an great service for those who struggle to learn programming by dividing up the programs into smaller sections. I highly recommend this newer edition if you are in a class that uses the older editions, read and like their pervious editions, or want further understanding into Object-Oriented with the Java programming language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid code, great exercises
This book has hundreds of example programs that compile and run, unlike many books that have code snippets, errors, etc. The exercises are great. Writing code is the best way to learn and going through the exercises will bring you up to speed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst ever.
A lot is said about Deitel books (especially Java How To). Do not buy them. Im happy I borrowed it at library.

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor examples
The teaching method is moderately ok, but have the programmers ever worked in the industry? If they have it seems like they could come up with better examples. There is also no real sense of flow from one chapter to the next, everything is just a jumble of ideas thrown on paper. ... Read more

175. Instant HTML Programmer's Reference Html
by Alex Homer, Chris Ullman, Alex Homer, Steve Wright
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Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
Publisher: Peer Information Inc.
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Even if you rely on online documentation for Web-page design, there's nothing like a handy, one-volume guide to the essentials of HTML and dynamic HTML (DHTML) standards. That's the idea behind Instant HTML, a much-needed reference that helps you get the most out of Web-page design and create cutting-edge cross-browser content.

Early chapters describe the basic terms and technologies, including HTML, JavaScript, VBScript, ECMAScript (a new, vender-neutral alternative), and DHTML. The authors then give a step-by-step tour of basic Web-page design, from the basic tags used in creating simple pages to style sheets, images, and links to other pages. Further chapters take on tables, frames, and forms and teach you how to use Java applets and ActiveX components within HTML. The authors show the differences between JavaScript and VBScript and, where appropriate, point out new features in emerging HTML 4 specifications. Each topic is illustrated with concise examples, and the authors note what does and doesn't work in Netscape Navigator 4 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.

The last part of the book will probably be useful to even the most seasoned HTML developer. Chapters explain how to design with DHTML in both Navigator 4 and Internet Explorer 4, displaying useful sample pages for each browser and offering tips on how to create cross-platform content for both browsers. Finally, since this is a reference book, valuable appendices are included for HTML tags, JavaScript and VBScript basics, and other information Internet developers will find useful. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive coverage of HTML and related subjects.
This book covers HTML in an extremely granular fashion while presenting the subject in a reference book format. Examples appear at the appropriate moments and comparisons of how the different HTML tags relate to the most common browsers is insightful. The authors only sore point is in the index which could be more natural for locating subjects of interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to learn HTML
I bought this book a couple of months ago because I wanted to lear how to program in html over the summer without using an editor. So far I am totally satisfied.

The book does not have any fluff, just everything you need to know for writing html documents. A strong point of the book is the brief but complete examples that show how to use all of the different tags and attributes in the elements of html. Also, Wrox provides online source code and support that can come in handy for more difficult subjects.

I highly recomend this book to any one wanting to learn html by diving straight in or anyone looking for a reference manual.

Very good buy!

3-0 out of 5 stars An OK reference.
This could have been a much better book. It needed more examples (sample HTML code). It is also really out of date now, as you might suspect.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great and Quick Reference to HTML
This is not a thick book with everything you want or don't want of HTML. If you want to build or modify your personal web site, or working on a e-commerce site but need some quick reference, or refresh your memory, this is a very handy book to help you to get the things down easier than hold the thick one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Expected more of this book...
Well, after buying the Instant Javascript book from Wrox, I was hoping to expect the same type of help from this book. And I do have to say I was a bit dissapointed by it. Apparently, they took too much time explaining and going into worthless subjects, instead of grinding the meat with real world examples, usefull tips and tricks, and hopefully some new light on HTML (something that most of the newer WYSIWYG editors don't already do). So, as I have shown, this is not a book you might want to buy for really advanced proyects, or higher learning. If you're a newbie looking to get an understanding at HTML, then this is a book for you. ... Read more

176. C++ How to Program (3rd Edition)
by Harvey M. Deitel, P. J. Deitel, H. M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great teaching and reference book
I used C++ How to Program, 2ed, in my first 2 years at University and I found its explanations of the concepts and techniques excellent. I have Stroustrup's "bible" on C++, but I find it sometimes very dry and difficult to interpret. Deitel&Deitel has not disapointed me yet. I thoroughly recommend it, it is money well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For C programmers to step up to OOP with C++!
Having used other C++ texts, the Deitels' C++ How To Program, 3/e, is the best I've seen and used (no, I haven't examined the 4/e). This book goes from the very basics to pretty advanced C++ OOP concepts and applications, and the authors do an excellent job presenting the material. A working knowledge of C is very useful, in my opinion and experience, depending on how in depth you want to know C++.

This book was recommended to me by a CS professor at a college where this book is used, including an advanced OOP course. This book was absolutely worth buying. More importantly to me, I ended up enjoying the C++ programming language after I switched to using this book.

The Deitels go out of their way to load this book with portability issues. There are so many ways to point pointers to pointers, e.g., and get a program to work on one computer yet crash on another. Portability is a very important issue, especially if you plan to program for a living!

Technical authors tend to excel at some subjects but not others. For this book, particularly if you're a
"self-starter/learner," I would recommend supplementing this with a C++ data structures book, or taking the time to print out header files and spending time studying "live code" from the links from the included disc.

The Deitels seem to know their strengths, and the C++ How To Program, 3rd edition, is the best C++ book I have or have seen. The "Cyber Classroom" is not a requirement, but it is a welcomed addition to my library.

For any C++ programming, whether or not you take C first, "The C Programming Language, 2nd edition," Kernighan/Ritchie, is a must for the libraries of all C and C++ programmers.

Nothing is perfect, but I've seen books go through multiple editions and still contain the same errors in them. I gave this book 5 stars because it's excellent. It's over 1,000 pages, contains a great deal of code, and I really appreciate that, although the book comes with an intro version of ms vc++, the book shows errors generated by the Borland C++ compiler, too. MASM 6.0 is the only ms s/w I ever liked, so they stopped making it, LOL! I use Borland's C++ Builder, so this is really an added bonus for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great coverage, great problems, great advice, poor reference
This book covers C++ in detail and offers much in the way of practical real-world "dos and don'ts". Also, it has the best set of *challenging* problems I've ever seen in a programming text. Within the first few chapters you're rolling up your sleeves and really starting to think like a computer. And there are MANY problems, too. Unlike some books, the problems are not simple "go back a few pages for an identical example". They make you think -- and learn along the way. Some may find this overly challenging or frustrating, but then again if you're not into problem solving you probably shouldn't be into programming in the first place.

The book looks intimidating at first, and may not be right for someone who's looking for something "easy", but it's a real winner in the end. It frequently warns of common programming errors and advises of portability and performance tips, among other things. Many great tips to keep your code clean and readable, as well as solid and bug-free.

The text starts with a good introduction to computers, programming and even the World Wide Web. It progresses quickly to program control, functions, arrays and pointers. About 1/3 through the text begins the discussion of classes and abstraction, which means that the book could easily be used for at least two semesters of undergraduate coursework. Other topics that are comprehensively covered include inheritance, overloading, polymorphism, preprocessor directives, templates, exception handling, file processing, the STL, string processing and more. There's even a chapter on data structures such as linked lists and b-trees -- this in universities is often a class itself (though the 50 or so pages in this book might best serve only as an introduction to that course).

On the negative side, it's not a good quick-reference at all. In fact, it's a poor one, so you might not want to buy it for that reason alone. It's also expensive, but I'd argue well worth the cost.

To sum it up, it's challenging to work through, but a very rewarding learning experience. I highly recommend it to everyone that's SERIOUS about learning the *right* way to program! If you're using this book to learn on your own, take the challenge and go through *all* the problems -- many may not be as simple as they seem!!

I hope this review is helpful to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book for rookies
I am studing computer science and I was a little lost in my class. That was when I decided to buy this book and it has help me a lot. Its easy to understand and it have very good examples. This book guide you from the easiest codes to the more complicated. I really recomend this book for the rookies and all the people who want to learn to program. Buy it, you wont be sorry.

4-0 out of 5 stars C++ How to Program Third Edition
I really like the way this book is organized and presented and have decised to buy other books in the Dietel & Deitel line as well. ... Read more

177. Ilife '05: The Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
by David Pogue
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Catlog: Book (2005-08-01)
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The incomparable iLife '05 is the must-have multimedia suite for everyone who owns a Mac--and the envy of everyone who doesn't. iLife '05: The Missing Manual is the definitive iLife '05 book--and what should have come with the suite. There's no better guide to your iLife experience than the #1 bestselling Macintosh author and expert--and Missing Manual series creator--David Pogue. Totally objective and utterly in-the-know, Pogue highlights the newest features, changes, and improvements of iLife '05, covers the capabilities and limitations of each program within the suite, and delivers countless goodies that you won't find anywhere else: undocumented tips, tricks, and secrets for getting the best performance out of every iLife application.Pogue examines all five programs in iLife '05, including:

  • iTunes 4.7. The digital jukebox software for Mac (and Windows) rips songs from music CDs onto your hard drive, organizes and plays your music collection, lets you buy songs from the iTunes Music Store, and syncs all your music with your iPod.
  • iPhoto 5. With iPhoto 5, you can pull photos from digital cameras and then organize and present them as a slideshow, desktop picture, screen saver, email attachment, web page, DVD, printout, or hardbound photo book.
  • iMovie HD. Now you can easily import and edit video from the newest High Definition camcorders and even little flash media video cams in all the latest formats. You can turn those seemingly endless home movies into short, fun, tightly edited, top-quality highlight reels that friends and family actually beg to watch.
  • iDVD 5. Transform your iMovie productions and digital slideshows into Hollywood-style DVDs that play on everyday DVD players.
  • GarageBand 2. This critically acclaimed program turns a Mac into a digital music-recording studio.
With your authoritative, witty, all-inclusive iLife '05: The Missing Manual at the ready, there's nothing standing between you and professional-caliber music, photos, movies, and more. ... Read more

178. Crossing Platforms : A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook
by Adam Engst, David Pogue
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: O'Reilly
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Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Say what you like about the farmer and the cowman, but the Windows user and the Macintosh jockey likely will never enjoy much more than a grudging coexistence. That's why it can be so traumatic when a job or other tragic circumstance requires a devotee of one environment to switch to the other. Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook helps ease the shock by translating the terms and conventions of each platform into the other's equivalent.

It's organized like a translating dictionary, with two distinct sections: one for translating "Macintosh" into "Windows," the other for going the opposite way. Someone who is familiar with Windows and wants to know the equivalent of booting into Safe Mode can look up that term in the Windows-to-Mac section and read all about holding down the Shift key to boot Mac OS without extensions. A Mac user can look up Finder in the Mac-to-Windows section and learn how to use the functionally equivalent Windows Explorer.

Each section opens with a handy "10 Most Important Differences" section, which explains such things as the operating systems' differences in window anatomy and that whole single- versus multiple-button mouse debacle. There's a certain amount of nyah-nyah sniping about which operating system's features are better, but it's all in fun. This is an honestly useful book. --David Wall

Topics covered: Differences between modern Microsoft Windows (Windows 95 and 98) and Apple Mac OS (Mac OS 8 and beyond) operating systems, organized in dictionary format for people looking for the "other" system's equivalents of interface features they know. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A "must buy" for..
every new Wintel convert and for those of us who have to work on the "other" side occasionally. This is the second book of this genre that I have purchased for my wife the teacher who now teaches on the Wintel platform. The first, "Windows for Mac Users" is 421 pages of details, details. I would rate it 4 stars. "Crossing Platforms" is 321 pages of dictionary-like listings of phrases "cross" referenced to the other platform e.g. Force Quit (Mac) = End Task (Win); Key Caps = Character Map, etc. If you want a quick reference book to help you with that temporarily borrowed (or newly purchased) "other" platform, this is the one! (If I were providing marketing advice to Sears, CompUSA et al, this would be bundled with every iMac and IBook purchased by a Wintel user.)

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book for people working with computers
As a translator, and Mac user, I was delighted to see that Adam Engst and David Pogue, who are, in a way, the Strunk and White of Macintosh journalism, released this original book. As a translator first, it is an essential reference book for terms on both platforms. But as a Mac user, confronted with Windows often (I do own a PC as well) this answers all my questions about how best to understand the different philosophies of the two operating systems.

Well written, clear and efficient, this book is really excellent. If you work with both platforms, don't hesitate to get it. The only drawback I found was the lack of an index. In spite of that, I couldn't recommend it more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still Useful!
If you are learning the Mac or Windows OS as a second language then this book is the best investment you could make. Terms are translated between the two environments by quick, simple look-up in a translation dictionary. More important, the translations are actually useful. The concepts are translated, not just the words. Look up a term and you get an explanation of the equivalent idea and jargon, even if the terms have no exact match. This is the book to have in your hands while you talk to foreign tech support. I've purchased a couple of copies of this book each year since it came out, mainly because other people borrow mine and then beg to keep it. I was buying another couple of copies today in Jan 2003 (one for me, one for my new tech support person) and I realized that there are very few computer reference books that are still so useful 4 years after publication. This is one computer reference book that will get dog-eared.

4-0 out of 5 stars Only book of its kind .. .found it invaluable!!
As a 15 year PC user & tech support person, I am struggling to learn the MAC environment. Using this guide made my life much simpler, and I have personally recommended it to several users here in our company who are going PC->MAC and MAC->PC. If you've ever tried to learn a "foreign language" and used a translating dictionary ... you'll immediately know how to use this book. This is one tech book that won't sit on your bookshelf collecting dust!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good reference for dual-platform users
Adam Engst and David Pogue are longstanding and prolific writers in the Mac community. Both have also made the transition to working with Windows as well.

Their book is a good reference work for any dual-platform user. It literally is organized like a Spanish-to-English/English-to-Spanish dictionary:

One half of the book gives Windows equivalents to various MacOS features such as Preferences, Extensions and Control Panels. The other half does the converse, explaining the Mac equivalents to Windows features. Differences in each case are spelled out. In some cases, there is no real equivalent and the particulars are explained (for instance, there is no Mac equivalent for the mysterious Windows "Registry" -- similar functions are handled very differently by "Preferences" on a Mac.)

This book has no real beginning or end and is mainly a reference book. Mac users wanting more of a start-at-the-beginning explanation of Windows should check out "Windows for Mac Users" by Robin Williams -- one of the most well-written computer books on the market. ... Read more

179. Professional WAP
by Charles Arehart, Nirmal Chidambaram, Shashikiran Guruprasad, Alex Homer, Ric Howell, Stephan Kasippillai, Rob Machin, Tom Myers, Alexander Nakhimovsky, Luca Passani, Chris Pedley, Richard Taylor, Marco Toschi
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Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for WAP Beginners to Advance!
This is my first book on Plain WAP and I found it very easy to use and to read! - I also bought the XML for Professionals by wrox which gave me a very good WML Background.

The writing style is absolutely excellent and gives clear tips on code optimization and performance. I have read literally dozens of different books on WAP, and none has been so specific. Although this book is not for total beginners, it is, in my opinion, good for anyone who wants to advance their career on the web or become an WML developer. This is definitely a book you will want to read from cover to cover, and use as a reference!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and informative
Although I approached this book with skepticism, tending to believe that fat books usually contain more fluff than content, I actually liked it. I understood _what_ WAP was and how it works, and, after a couple of hours toying around with WML, it took me some small part of an otherwise busy day at work to add a WAP face to a small part of the HTTP interface of Ovrimos SQL Server. I had to discover alone, though, how WAP handles 401 responses (it prompts for credentials) and 302 redirections (the Ericsson 320 emulator fails to handle it). I'm left with quite some work to do (to check it with an actual WAP gateway, if possible). I believe the book should have more details on the interaction of HTTP and WAP, not just when everything goes ok (200 Ok, to be exact). Another obvious omission on the subject of dynamically generated WML content, was PHP. PHP probably amounts to a lot more content than JSP does, and will be put in good use when WAP takes off, too. All in all, I'm quite happy with the book, and I wasn't isappointed with "GTK+/Gnome Programming" either. I'll surely keep an eye on Wrox books in the future, and it's quite a change for a person that didn't buy anything that didn't have "Addison-Wesley" or "O'Reilly" on it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written mishmosh
Seems like they tried very hard to get the book out very fast to capitalize on the "WAP craze" that was happening a year or so ago. It shows -- it's incomplete, inconsistent, poorly written, and even full of typos. Try "Dynamic WAP application development" instead, it's more complete and better written.

1-0 out of 5 stars Everything you did not wanted to know about WAP...
This is the best way to get really confused before writing your first WAP application. Try Ben Forta. Application programmers need a simplified architecture showing what is relevant to their task. This book is not relevant to my task. I regret I bought it.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book...
this was one of the first complete WAP books. The book covers all the begining and advanced topics. I recommend this book to someone with good previous knowledge of web development. ... Read more

180. iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue, Derrick Story, Joseph Schorr
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Apple's wildly popular iPhoto, for its new Macintosh computers, is a gorgeous, polished digital shoebox for uploading, organizing, printing, publishing, and touching up digital photos. iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual-presented by best-selling author David Pogue-keeps pace with the recently revised software, charting the changes and illustrating the interactivity among Apple's iLife software products. With this guide, Macintosh fans can take their digital photos on to the screen, the Web, printouts, hardbound photo books, and even to DVDs, CDs, and digital movies. And they'll learn how to take iPhoto far beyond its deceptively simple list of features. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An afternoon and this book means you'll master the program
I've had iPhoto for about a year, but wasn't familiar with any of the features save importing my photos from my camera. After a few hours with this book, however, I've mastered the program and received a lot of kudos on the improved quality of my shots.

The first section is on how to take better pictures. As I've never taken a photography class, this section was particularly useful for me. It breaks down the different types of pictures (portraits, action shots, close-ups, night shots, etc...) and tells you how to get the best shot.

The meat of the book is in the second section though - that part details how to use iPhoto, from importing pictures to touching them up and eliminating red eye. I primarily use my photos for my website. As such, I wanted to crop them, touch them up, and eliminate red eye. All three of those functions are easy to use after reading this book. It takes me a minute or so to turn my original, off-centered, dark, photo into something worthy of going online.

The Missing Manual goes through each function in order, explains what it does, and what the potential drawbacks are. It also goes into file management - I had no idea that iPhoto stored a copy of the original of any image I altered, even if it was just to rotate it. I followed a suggestion in the book, downloaded a piece of freeware, and was able to open up a lot of space on my hard drive by eliminating these unnecessary duplicates.

The Missing Manual also details how to edit photos in other programs (such as Adobe Photoshop) without causing problems in iPhoto. As I occasionally have to resize pictures based on the DPI, this information was quite useful.

The third section describes how to show off your photos. As I usually just upload them to my website, I only perused this section. It looks to contain some useful information though - how to make a slideshow with a soundtrack, turn the slideshow into a QuickTime video, back up your photos on a DVD, upload them as a photo album to a website, print out a photo album, e-mail them, and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little missing in this manual
The Missing Manual series has been around for quite some time, but I have never felt the need to buy one until I started doing some serious work with iPhoto. iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual was a good volume to assist.

One of the things I like about Apple's iApps is that they hide a great deal of complexity behind a simple interface; they do indeed make the complex simple. The drawback to this is that I often find myself ignoring the more powerful aspects of the application and never using it to its full. It was here that the Missing Manual came to my help.

The target audience for this book would probably be a little less technical than myself, however when I find myself in a field I don't understand well I don't mind a little stuff for the absolute newbie. This book has an entire first section that deals with photography and digital photography in particular that may be a total repeat for some, I found it a welcome reminder of how to get a good photograph along with some extremely useful hints about the new technology and choosing a camera. It covers such topics as composition and lighting for a host of different situations such as landscapes, night, portraits, children and sports.

It then goes on to a section of similar size on the basics that covers getting the photos from your camera to the Mac, organising the photos using albums and keywords and then editing your shots.

A third section covers the various ways of publishing and showing your photos such as printing, CD, and web pages, and a final section with some tricks and tips on things like managing your libraries. There are two appendices: one very useful troubleshooting guide, and a menu-by-menu look at iPhoto 2.

I particularly appreciated the thorough treatment of how to get the most out of iPhoto when printing photo books and creating web pages in the third section; it was here that I really discovered how little I knew from just 'playing' with the application. The book is peppered with useful information and tips that take you beyond the level that most of us discovered when we ran and used the program. The authors have also provided some marvelous explanations of what is going on, the "why" as well as the "what."

The book is well written with a readable, light, almost witty style that somehow deceives the reader as to the depth of the material being covered. It is only when I reflected back on how much the book taught me that I realised how well it had done the job.

O'Reilly have their usual web page for the book with a sample chapter, Table of Contents and Index. Pogue Press have a neat idea - they have a page that features all the software mentioned in the book. A neat idea that I liked a lot.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to everyone who is serious about digital photography on their Mac. If you have used iPhoto for a long time you may think the book a waste, but I'd be surprised if even long-time users didn't get their money's worth out of this book. I much preferred the style of this volume to IDG's iPhoto 2 for Dummies, the only other real competitor for this volume was iPhoto 2 for Mac OS X: A Visual Quickstart Guide, and that is a shorter volume with less depth and less advice for photography and nothing on the camera technology, though I think Engst's writing seems a bit clearer at times.

I wouldn't buy a "Missing Manual" for every iApp or the operating system, but if you take the slogan for the series seriously, "The book that should have been in the box" (for the box is entirely devoid of books), I think they are a marvelous help for becoming a true 'power user.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a "new to this stuff" perspective - great book
Can you imagine a software manual that makes you feel smart, not dumb? David Pogue's iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual does just that. It's written in a way that's easy to understand without being condescending. The straightforward style is well organized, sometimes humorous and always informative.

I'm new to Mac and iPhoto. Some things come easily but the details are often evasive. The Missing Manual fills in the blanks. I was hooked from the first chapter. The discussion of digital cameras and their use has opened my eyes and was a terrific intro to using iPhoto.

The Missing Manual is a reference book that's enjoyable to use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Missing Manual
Apple Computer markets a concept they call "the digital hub" representing its integrated hardware and software combinations, especially the iLife package (iPhoto2, iTunes, iChat, iMovie, and iDVD). Beyond Apple's traditionally elegant and harmonious hardware-software integration, the iLife programs are brilliantly designed to allow users to easily enjoy important non-computer things in their lives - photos, music, home and family and recreational video, etc. - while benefitting from the enormous background power of computer applications.

With iPhoto2, for example, images (scanned or from a digital camera) can be easily imported into the computer, viewed, printed, burned to CD or DVD, emailed, posted to websites, or composed in professional quality albums with only a handful of clicks. Other than acquiring the images themselves, iPhoto2 and the Mac can facilitate an enormous depth and breadth of enjoyment of photo images without great effort or computer knowledge. The iLife idea is to have the computer aspects work seamlessly and near sub-consciously in the background allowing the user to enjoy his or her photos.

In essence, Apple has designed and created a hardware-software combination which, in itself, does virtually everything a non-professional needs to fully enjoy photo imaging. All of the iLife applications are designed with the "hub" concept - put all the tools needed into one easily learned and implemented application; - in other words, think of what people need and give that to them in an integrated and elegantly-designed package.

As easy as the iLife applications are to use, like all computer aspects, ease of use is relative - there is no real "easy" computer or application - it's an issue of something only more or less easy to use than another thing. Consequently, there is still a need for focused documentation and instruction to allow users to better and more fully utilize the features and power of the applications. This is where "iPhoto2: The Missing Manual" becomes useful. "iPhoto2" is part of the acclaimed "Missing Manual" series published by Pogue Press/O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. Like all of the other "Missing Manuals" it is a comprehensive, systematic, well-written paper manual where Apple provides none.

Whether intentionally designed, or not, "iPhoto2" mimics the "hub" concept - bringing together into one elegant unit all the information and tools needed to productively enjoy digital imagery. "iPhoto2" contains five parts - an opening section on how to select and buy a digital camera, and sections on

how to use a digital camera, iPhoto2 basics, how to create and produce photo projects like slideshows, prints, web galleries, photo CDs, etc., and a section on how to take advantage of specialized iPhoto2 features like making screensavers and desktop images and using Applescript. Also included is a separate set of appendices about trouble shooting, a menu-by-menu description of iPhoto2 features and commands, and a small section describing where to find additional digital photo resources.

The trio of authors are David Pogue, noted writer, NY Times computer columnist, and wit; Joseph Schorr, established Macworld writer and author of "Macworld MacSecrets"; and Derrick Story, author of "The Digital Photos Pocket Guide" (which was reviewed here favorably a number of months ago).

This book is structured into two overarching themes - as an iPhoto2 manual and as basic instruction in near-professional quality photography. Overlapping some material from "The Digital Pocket Guide", part one of this book covers basic digital camera concepts: resolution, memory cards, batteries, controls, etc. It then continues with guides on image composition and tips and tricks on how to obtain good quality photos in a large set of situations: portraits, travel, sports, night scenes, and the like. It does no good to have the ability to easily view, print, and e-mail bad photos. Learn how to take a good shot. These sections of the book will help a lot.

The iPhoto2 parts describe how to get your "good" images into the application, how iPhoto2 is structured on the hard drive with its designated Library, for example, and its organizing concepts - "Albums" and "Rolls." Other application features like editing, copying, and archiving images are well- explained and detailed.

The most interesting chapters are 7-12 detailing how to get quality and efficient production from the program.Features like the "One-click Slideshow" and how to make Quicktime movies from a folder of images are highlighted.

All in all, this is another well-done publication from Pogue/O'Reilly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
At first I wondered how an entire book could be written about iPhoto--this one is packed with useful information. I had no idea how much can be done with this application. I own a number of Missing Manuals, and they're all very good. ... Read more

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