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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Out of date and overpriced.

The reason this book ranks so high is that it's a thick, expensive, convoluted cookbook of singular examples without any real coverage of the subject matter.
In other words, its a marketing dept's dream!
This book hasn't been updated since 1998, and hasn't kept pace with technology.
..., the last chapter on DHTML is entitled "Looking Ahead to HTML 4.0" We're beyond HTML 4.0 and on to XHTML, XML, etc.!
The fact that this chapter ends on page 163 should tell you something. The Book is 1073 page long! The remaining 910 are poor references for HTML 3.2, Javascript 1, and CSS 1. All of which are out of date. And where is the analysis of the Document Object Model? Oh, I forgot, it gets 2 pages! The DOM IS WHAT MAKES DHTML POSSIBLE...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I passed and all I needed was this book!

I must admit I really didn't try that hard to study for this exam. I did, however, have a database class in school that went over some simple SQL syntax, but I still did need to look over Oracle SQL. I only studied for a week with this book and passed by the brim of my teeth 41/57. Wheeww!!! Anyway, all the questions I was asked on the exam were covered in the book and I am glad to say that this book was my sole source of information.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Schnoll
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Implementing, managing Exchange? This is for you!

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled, is the perfect title for this book. There is a mammoth amount of material distilled into these 570 pages. Scott's real-world experience with Exchange is represented on every page. This book isn't just about 'how', it's about 'why', 'when' and 'where'. The technical content is deep in places yet represented in a easy to understand, relevant way. Scott has taken care to provide links allowing the reader to drill down even beyond the scope of the book if required.If you need a one-stop source for the new features of Exchange Server 2003, and their relevancy to your organisation, then this is the book you should get. If you're experienced in Exchange 5.5 and/or Exchange 2000, then this will give you a quick upskill in Exchange Server 2003. Even if you are completely new to Exchange Server 2003 then the text is clear and concise.This is a must for any Exchange administrator, and it's fun to read!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Premiere Pro Editing Workshop
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Marcus Geduld
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great place to start

Had used Premiere Pro for an 18 minute project and had some of the major concepts down already. Knew my way around the interface a bit, but found that I really didn't feel comfortable, and knew that there was alot of stuff beneath the surface that I could really use. I have several premiere pro books that are really just manual replacements and I didn't want one more step by step "do this, then this" hand holding books. I wanted to get a handle on how to get my projects done and what tools Premier Pro had to help me.
The book covered all the bases: Acquistion, rough cut, tim, sound, effects, color correction and even some basic integration with other products.
I found the Editing Worksop to be a pleasure to read, and it gave me a much firmer foundation on how this NLE works, and what is really happening to my clips along the way. It is a great book for the beginner to intemediate user. I still find myself going back to reread sections as I work or as I read more advanced books. The book is clear, concise and well illustrated. Many illustrations are well thought out and designed to illustrate concepts rather than just pages of screen shots. The book manages to give a very comprehensive grasp of all the major features, without becoming lost in useless detail. Not the last Premiere Pro book you will own, but one of the best, and the one you should read first.