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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for understanding what COM is.


This book is great for COM beginners. At last I understand what COM is and what it's good for. The stuff I learnt from this book has already greatly improved my own projects and allowed others to use my components.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Adobe Photoshop: Classroom in a Book


I'm fairly new to PS and what I've learned can be attributed to this book. I thought it an easy read and very functional. I just followed it thru chapter to chapter. Highly recommend it for new to intermediate users. I tried a few other books but so far I like this the best for learning most of the tools and building your skills.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Ben Forta, Raymond Camden, Leon Chalnick, Angela C. Buraglia
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must have 'significantly enhanced' MX 7 book


I just finished reading ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit. This is another master piece from Ben Forta. This book is definitely "significantly enhanced" than the previous version.

Like previous version it includes all the basic concepts from installing the ColdFusion to Database concepts, from data-entry forms to new Flash integration features. It is great as a guide to planning and making decisions about development than as a comprehensive reference. I have to say it is great in the manner of which it is written, and is easily understandable. All time favorite explanations in the book like next-n paging, error handling, User Defined Functions (UDF) and ColdFusion Components (CFC) are explained in same lucid and easy to understand language with examples.
In this new addition, the Flash applications are described in details with examples. The new features of Graphing, Printing, and Reporting are covered in length. The tricks and tips of the MX 7 like recursive directory search using cffile, flash forms, flash paper, Dreamweaver MX 2004 extensions are explained very well by authors.

Do not forget to read the additional chapters from CD-ROM. The appendix of the book is almost same as previous version with few changes. I will say this book is essential for beginners and advance ColdFusion MX 7 developer.

Pinal Dave (Macromedia Certified Advanced ColdFusion MX Developer)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Experience XSI 4: The Official SOFTIMAGE XSI 4 Guide to Character Creation
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Michael Isner, Aaron Sims
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a good place to start


This book is nice to have handy considering the limited number of XSI books out there. While the treatment as a whole can be kind of overview-ish at times, Mr. Isner manages to get into some nice technical tid-bits that can be hard to find other places. A good place to start for someone who knows some 3D, but wants to learn the XSI methodology.