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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding SNMP MIBs
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David T. Perkins, Evan McGinnis
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This book did not help me much

I disagree with most of the reviews on this book. I was tasked with writing a MIB and this book did not do much for me. For instance, the IMPORTS clause, standard in any MIB. The author only gave a brief defenition of what it is, no examples, no explination of WHY one imports something! A MIB you write will not compile or work without a proper IMPORT clause.
Reading this book takes great effort. Not an easy reas at all and I have been working with SNMP for 5 years and am a Certified OpenView Consultant, and have been for 3 years. There are part of this book that are helpful, but if you are going to be writing a MIB for the first time do not count on this book to help you get it done. Try Total SNMP, which gived a better breakdown and look at some of the MIBs already out there like the UPS MIB.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Just the good advice i needed - thank you Scott - carry on the good work

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mikkel Aaland
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A mixed bag

I've been searching for a Photoshop Elements book that has all of the following: (1) an attractive layout; (2) color photographs directly accompanying the text (most such books just have a few color photos in a separate section); (3) clear and thorough explanations in plain English. This book beats the competition handily on the first two counts but, regrettably, falls down on the third.
I had high hopes because the book looks great and the introduction says that you only need a basic familiarity with computers. However, far too often it fails to explain the principles behind the steps it describes in the various exercises. For example, in one of the earliest exercises, it introduces the gradient tool and describes relevant settings, but never explains the fundamentals of the gradient tool, or why those particular settings were chosen. I therefore came away from the exercise with no better understanding of how to apply the gradient tool to my own photos (What does "foreground" mean? What's the significance of the "linear" setting? What's a "blend mode"?). In the same exercise, use of a paintbrush is referred to without any explanation of how to use the paintbrush yourself. I repeatedly encountered exercises in which similar concepts are introduced but inadequately explained - in another section, when the Unsharp Mask filter is introduced, no explanation is given for what the "Amount" or "Radius" settings represent (ironically, in many of the same exercises, very thorough explanations of other tools and methods are provided). I have far more than a basic knowledge of computers, yet I often found myself referring to other sources for a better understanding of Photoshop's tools and a better understanding of the methods presented in this book.
This doesn't mean that the book isn't useful - it can be very useful, its layout is a pleasure to look at and a model for other books of this type, and for that I recommend it. But if you're a novice and you want to develop a working knowledge of Elements, you'll probably need other, more thorough references to supplement it. This is unfortunate because the book is outstanding in so many other respects.
I definitely recommend using the practice images on the CD as you read - you'll absorb much more that way. The CD is not OS X native, but you can load the CD, open Elements in OS X, and open the CD's images from the File menu.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development with SCRUM
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
"THE" Critical Success Factor in getting things done right

Some day, practitioners of any field will regret they did not read this book, apply it, and reap the benefits. Until that occurs the readers of this book will have an 'unfair' advantage in the markets that exists and are being envisioned.

Written from personal experience, Ken and Mike have unambiguously challenged what traditional management wishes would happen with a lucid description of the core activities that make some teams catalytically successful.

Those of us who lived in the places where Ken draws his experience from, are pleased and releived he has expressed what goes into moving from merely being really good to having the ability to do incredible things in a sustained way.