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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition
Publisher: Charles River Books
Authors: Ben Long
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not what I was looking for...

I looked quite hard for a good digital photography book...before I chose this. I selected this one based on some of the reviews. I was really disappointed in the few color plates, and the black and white picture examples made it very difficult to see the author's point of discussion. I found quite a few printing errors too...but I can live with that, although it does cast an unprofessional cloud over the book. I have a small Kodak digital camera so am familiar with the basic technology of digital. I was (and still am)searching for a good book that includes weighty information on the latest SLR digital cameras and their front and back end processes...this book doesn't address that for me. I also got a real negative feel for digital as I read about the first ten pages and it tended to show me all the problems inherent with this technology. Thanks to Amazon who is giving me a refund...and I will continue my search.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Alan Cooper, Robert M. Reimann
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Enough fluff for a king size pillow...

This book is the work of genius. It is the best book I've ever seen on WHAT a GUI should do. Unlike other books which focus on how to arrange your controls or whether to use a combobox or radiobutton for xyz, this book addresses the basic design and considerations of a user interface.
This book is not for idiots. Anyone who would thumb this book either CAN NOT and WILL NOT appreciate what it means to make an application usable.
What this book does best is come up with a language for the elements common to every day programs. Soverign vs Transient apps, GUI excise (making users do needless repetative tasks), and the "interaction design" concept which is an analysis of the entire user experience with an app.
This book should be a must read for any serious GUI developer. Its what comes after you've mastered the use of basic controls and GUI programming, and want to go further into make your app a joy to use.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Informative, but..,

I found Kevin Mitnicks discussion regarding social engineering to be quite interesting. He concisely describes how giving away seemingly useless bits of company information can have devastating results for private corporations. However, this book did not address any technical apsects of computer hacking, and is really written on a very simplistic level. Overall, not bad. Some of us would prefer something more technical and/or a tale of the life of Kevin Mitnick.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book and very easy to read for Exam 310-035

Today I passed the Java 2 Platform 1.4 (310-035) with ease. This is a great book to read and prepare for the exam. This is the only book I used for the exam other than a couple of nice web site.

The good point about this book

1. Very easy to read.
2. Each chapter has a useful set of questions, which are similar to actual exam.
3. The CD, which comes with the book, has Mock exam software. Also it will allow you to download two more mock exams from the book's web site. They're are very helpful, specially understanding the self-pace and other personal details before the actual exam.
4. In the beginning of the book, it discuss about exam strategy, which is also very helpful.

The bad point about this book

1. The general discussion in some chapters are very lengthy.
2. The answer to each chapter's question is not always obvious and not discussed in the main chapter of the book.
3. Just reading the book is not enough; you have to have practice mock exams to learn more than what has been discussed in the book.
4. All three mocks exams display very similar questions. So if you have a photogenic memory you may answer questions even before analyzing the logic of the problem!

I recommend this book for the exam 310-035. Best of luck!