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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An invaluable exam prep resource

This is from a thank you letter I sent the author.
On Monday, September 29th I wrote and passed the PMP certification exam. I self-studied, using 3 prep-books in addition to thorough reviews of the PMBOK. After reviewing 2 Exam Prep books cover to cover and scoring an average of 85% on their practice tests, I felt pretty confident in my knowledge. Then, I worked through PMP Exam Prep (4th Ed). It challenged me. While I found the questions fair -- they were tricky (particularly the situational questions). The material helped me uncover gaps in my understanding that I didn't realize existed. In this way, I was able to focus my remaining study time to maximize the return from the time invested. It also helped me to distinguish PMI answers from those I might be tempted to provide based on my previous experience and/or company's practice.
This workbook was the last resource I used -- but certainly not the least important. My previous study helped me pass the exam, this workbook made the difference between a respectable pass and an excellent mark.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Decision Support Systems and Intelligent Systems (7th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Efraim Turban, Jay E. Aronson, Ting-Peng Liang
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
door stop material

This book was required for our DSS class. The material is impossibly thick and it can take hours to try to sort through the material.
Ok coverage, but you can do a heck of a lot better elsewhere

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book will be your guide

I purchased this book last year. I started reading it and quickly realized it's not a tutorial, but a reference. If you do not know anything about perl, don't start here. Buy Learning Perl instead. Once you finish Learning Perl, and are getting better at perl, even using what Larry Wall call's "baby talk", then I would recommend getting Programming Perl. This book is very in-depth regarding everything perl has to offer, and then some. So if you are new to perl, or to programming, get a tutorial first, then dive into programming perl.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Derrick Story
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Digital Photography Hacks

This book is not a reading book, nor is this book a picture book. However, this book is an amazing collection of organized tips and tricks for the digital photographer; from beginner to expert levels there is something inside for all, and then some.

Author Derrick Story has gathered information from various other photographers who have tested the waters with incredible results and now he shares these secrets with you. As the editor points out in the Preface, "The practice of making creative imagery is more accessible to more people than ever. Access to innovation is what this book is all about." One thing we all know is that unlike film cameras, digital cameras allow us to make those mistakes and smile, or rather delete. We can explore regions of photography, risking an entire memory card because the price is right. If the picture isn't just right, the simplicity is in the deletion.

The O'Reilly people are quick to point out that "This book contains tips for working indoors, outdoors, during the day, at night, in front of the computer, and even with a camera phone in hand". There are also fabulous easy steps to video editing as well. Another very important aspect of this book is that you can open it up to any page where you will find exciting new things about the digital world of photography, things you may have yet to dream of, but now came make these dreams a reality.

Colour was no object in the publication, as there are tons of demonstrative pictures to show the before and after effects of this ingenious collection of photography methods. Each Hack (tip) is clearly marked whether it be for a beginner, moderate, or expert. Some screen shots are captured in Windows XP, as well, some use Mac OS X. This does not affect your work; it is the information, not the operating systems that count in this book. Are you interested in taking and editing panoramic photographs using a camera that lacks this feature...well it is quite easily explained in Chapter 2? Ever wonder why your night photographs remain black, well Chapter 3 has the tips and tricks to make those fireworks shine and the moon glow. Of course you own a computer, and you just got a digital camera. How can you make them both work to their full potential? Well, Chapter 5 solves this mystery quite easily and fast. Here is an in-depth look inside this gem of a book. The layout is very easy to follow and sectioned in 8 great chapters.

Chapter 1: Digital Camera Attachments.
Chapter 2: Daytime Photo Secrets.
Chapter 3: Nighttime Photo Hacks.
Chapter 4: Magic with Flash.
Chapter 5: The Computer Connection.
Chapter 6: Photoshop Magic.
Chapter 7: Camera-Phone Tricks.
Chapter 8: Weekend Photo Projects (this one will keep you busy for sure).

As you can see, this book is full of great ideas, tips and tricks for the beginner and expert. Who knows, after playing around inside this book for some time, I may just be able to get a great picture of those Canada Day fireworks! A must read, a must have for reference, in all it is an asset to any photographer's collection.

For anyone who is contemplating jumping into the world of digital photography, or one who has owned a digital camera for some time, this book is a fantastic guide, taking you places you never dreamed of, not to mention the amazing tips on a multitude of "how-tos".

My favourite section of this book is the final chapter: "Weekend Photo Projects"; this is where you come off as the hidden pro hiding inside just waiting to come out and do those great digital creations mentioned in this book.

Gregory West is the Editor of SCUG Report www.scug.ca
and affiliated with the Association of Personal Computer User Groups www.apcug.net.