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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering UNIX Shell Scripting
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Randal K. Michael
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good for advance user not for beginners

This is not a greatest book for learning Shell Scripting. This book does not cover regular expressions in detail even though regular expression is the heart to learning shell scripting. It could be a good book for users already familiar with Shell scripting and want to learn advance techniques in administering their application or the UNIX system. I will definitely not recommend this for users that are looking to learn and understand Shell scripting.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Giving me a headache

What else can I say. When I opened the very first page, I was overwhelmed! The book is VERY technical and in-depth and covers in GREAT detail all of the aspects of system architecture. My main gripe with this book is the following: At the end of each chapter are review questions. To find the answers to the majority of these questions within the text was nearly impossible. The book was required and that is why I purchased it. There are some books that you keep and some that you try to pawn off...this book will be sold!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Second Edition
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Katrin Eismann, Doug Nelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The one advanced PS book to have ...

... if you're buying only one.

Solid, hands-on instructions, with just enough theory that you understand what you're doing. She covers a broad range of restoration and retouching subject matter, going just deep enough into each one to prove genuinely useful without trying to be the 1200-page comprehensive back-breaker of PS books.

There are other books that covers specific subjects in more detail(Michael Kieran's book on color correction is one), but Eismann's does a great job of touching all the bases in an understandable and helpful way.

This is not the first Photoshop book to buy, but it should get very serious consideration as the second.

One thing I especially appreciate is the straight-up presentation. Too many computer book authors (Kelby and McClelland come immediately to mind) think they have to mix sophomoric humor in to stay "interesting." If I want to laugh, I'll watch Letterman - if I want to learn Photoshop, I'll read Eismann.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Cristian Darie, Mihai Bucica
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good - but make sure host has php5.

I like the book - the language - the examples. I'm new to PHP so I didn't understand the implications of the requirement to have PHP5 vs PHP4. Chapter 1 and 2 code examples worked OK with some minor tweeking (My host has PHP4xx). Chapter 3 is another story. I've looked around and most hosting companies have 4xx. I'm guessing this will change soon, but not sure if I should wait or fork out $$ to change host.