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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent syntax; Low examples

I agree with many of the writers so far. I find that the book is an excellent reference and a great way to learn javascript functions and methods.
However, the lack of examples hurts the book tremendously and often prevents the reader from applying what they learn to real world examples. Nonetheless, I find myself going back to this book over and over again to solve my javascript problems because it is a great reference.
As for the cover, don't judge a book . . . Once it is opened you don't see the cover anymore. As a philosophical aside, it is this type of logic that keep people from understanding those that are different than themselves.
Overall, I have enjoyed this book and continue to use it today.
I would like thicker pages though so that my highliter doesn't show up on the other side.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great overview of C# for experienced programmers

If you have programming experience in C++ or Java this book will get you up to speed on the new features of Microsoft's new language. It also lists "pitfalls" that point out differences of C# compared to C++ that could cause problems for us C++ programmers. This is great because some of these differences are pretty subtle.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Book Provides Great Independent Learning Option

If you're new to Adobe Photoshop CS software, you probably know you can expect a learning curve with the program, so an investment in training can significantly jumpstart your productivity. This high quality 490-page book with multimedia resources produced by Adobe software expert Deke McClelland provides a learning experience aimed at graphic artists, photographers, students and teachers of Photoshop who want to edit and work with the imaging software.

McClelland uses a "read, watch, do" philosophy; after reading about a topic, you watch a training video, then return to the book to complete the corresponding practice lesson using the supplied practice files.

The included two-hour video CD provides high-quality topical training sessions, presented in an upbeat, realistic way. McClellan offers clear explanations, demonstrations, and even a discussion of the benefits of choosing one feature over another to accomplish a given task. The video content is grouped into four topic groups: navigation and color correction, selecting, copying and editing images, using masking, setting focus and working with layers and finally working with type styles and producing output.

After viewing a video, it's time to turn back to the book to work through the corresponding lesson, step by step. Each provides a task-based approach that guides you through a logical progression of the major features and functions of the software. You begin with the basic user interface of the software, work extensively with image creation and editing and management features, and conclude with the more complicated use of layer functions and adjustments. New Photoshop owners should plan to work through the lessons in order; more advanced users may select only needed topics. Included practice files and materials correspond with each lesson.

Along your learning journey, you will discover periodic pearls of wisdom providing insights into the interaction of Photoshop and the world of digital imaging. You can even take extra credit exercises for additional practice with a feature. As additional reinforcement, each lesson concludes with a "what did you learn" summary in the form of matching exercises along with the correct answers. The lessons are complemented by crisp screen shots, image examples, pullouts, and tips.

To make optimum use of the learning opportunities in this book, you should have Adobe Photoshop CS (also known as Photoshop 8) installed on your Macintosh or Windows system. And you'll need to download and install Apple QuickTime in order to run the videos.

This cost effective learning package provides a great alternative to classroom-based instruction and can be just the ticket for independent learners who want to quickly gain productivity with Photoshop CS.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in the Key of C#
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Old COBOL Developer

I got this book so I could get up to speed with C# and the whole OO philosophy. It contains a lot of material but is a very dry read. I found the Learning C# by Smiley a much more entertaining read and covered basically the same material.