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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
So Perfectly Packed with Everything I Bought Two!!


I bought this pocket reference about a year ago and since found it indespensible. From over use (and I mean over use), the binding started to fall apart (around the <table> page), so I ordered another. Now I have one at home and one at work. Do yourself a favor and buy it now, it's so cheap anyway and SO handy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good technical explanation book!


I haven't tried the other books but I've read about .NET remoting once in MSDN document and I found it gives very brief information that I could haven't realized what's going on there.
However, this book excellently describes the concept of .NET remoting and it's easy to follow. Although some examples and pictures are occasionally mistaken, but if you get the idea of the topic, you can easily fix it. (But It could be better if there was no mistake at all, anyway).
I suggest it's best to read when you know what're going to do with it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Richard Lynch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not Organized.


I use Photoshop at work as a graphic artist and just can't afford to buy it for home. I've been an Elements user for a while because of that, and this book is a godsend. I can do all the things I do at work, and all it cost was the upgrade to this book! The 'tools' from the CD (they seem more like time-savers) add in curves, channels, and lots of other stuff that I use at work but couldn't in Elements, till now. They install easily and what I need works like a charm. I am very indebted to the author, who not only saved me time and money, but showed me some great technique that I now use in Photoshop!
I'd encourage any home designer to consider this as an option: get Elements and this book instead of Photoshop for use at home. If there are tools Elements is missing now that I have the book, I don't know what they are.
It is a ten (or eleven!) star value.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
OK book - is it about XML or saving the Tigers ???


Not a whole lot to say on this one. It is passable, but not very good as a full tutorial. I think O'Reilly's offering in this battle is a better one. There are also a couple Wrox press books that do a better job than this one.
The Quickstart guides have always been about concise introductions on the topics presented and this book is no exception. The problem is people will come away from this book thinking they know XML and in actuality know merely the facade on the building.
To put a face on that last statement: Imagine, if you will, telling your friend all about the new candy bar you found. It was nice looking, chocolate, had little sprinkles. You go into great detail on how it looked, smelled and packaged. Your friend now likes the sound of this and everything is going great right up to the point where he asks "How did it taste?" Problem was you were so interested in a quick tour of the candy bar you forgot to taste it. That is the problem with this book in a nutshell.
'Course the other problem is that this book has a SERIOUS political agenda (the saving of Animal species) on nearly every page and in almost if not all examples. This is not a big issue, but in a book which already is marginal in quality, being preached to about how we need to save animal X or Y or they will all DIE!! is a bit much. Bad form, in my opinion. If an author wants to make a political point then write a political book. I don't mind a bit of an agenda, we all have one, but being beaten with it page after page is what made the final choice for me in NOT using this book in my XML classes.
Thanks for your time, Jim