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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Save your money if you own the previous version

I am a Photoshop book junkie. I consider myself an apprentice user of Photoshop with my interest primarily in digital photagraphy. So when I saw this book I did not hesitate to take it home.
At first I read through some of the interesting techniques and tips shown throughout the book without actually trying any of them in Photoshop. However, it wasn't until I opened Photoshop and turned to the section on color correction that I realized what a great instructor Scott Kelby is.
The short section on Color Correction of your photos was worth the price of the book! I have read several other Photoshop books but none of them have given me the results that I got when I went through the four or five pages Scott devoted to color correction using the "Curves" tool (Page 115). What a difference. When I completed the adjustment of my first photo I placed it along side the same photo I had adjusted using techniques shown in other books. There was no comparison. Scott't technique resulted in much richer and vibrant colors that were true to my recollection of the original scene.
Kudos to Scott and his straight forward teaching techniques.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on EJB

It is an excellent book on EJB. I can recommend it to everyone. It first presents an overview on the mechanics, in a second pass it reveils more details, and finally it discusses everything you should know on EJB. I only missed two things: a diagram of the object model (I draw it myself on a separate piece of paper) and a CD with a trial version of an EJB container and the code examples.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Cram (Exam: 350-001)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Henry Benjamin, Dmitry Bokotey, Thomas M. Thomas II
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Investment

I found this book to be an outstanding guide through the quagmire that is the CCIE written exam. An important fact to remember- the Exam Cram book series in general is not intended to make you an expert in any subject in which you don't already have experience. The structure of this book is consistent with other Exam Cram books: to give you a solid foundation if you don't have much experience, and to act as the glue to tie it altogether if you do have experience. (There are references at the end of every chapter on "Need to Know More" to get detailed information where the coverage is thin in the book.) The fact is, to pass the CCIE written, you need to do more that just read books. Practical experience and hands on are just as important, which is why the author gives configuration examples for every Cisco technology required to pass the exam.
Not only did this book help me to pass my written exam, but I could not have done it without it. I found the text easy to read and quick to sink in, which is critical when study-time is at a premium. I finished the book in a week, and then passed my exam. I highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thorough and complete reference

I you need to accomplish things with asp.net, this book covers almost every topic. Not only is everything in there, but it's very thorough and complete. Clean, concise examples of everything too.