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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book to learn with...

I've been looking to develop my programming skills for over a year and this book has really helped me move beyond the basic MS MFC style books into a new realm of programming. The coverage of Direct X is great. I'm a newbie to DX and this book has given me the knowledge to get the ball rolling on my own. Thanks.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Expert Techniques (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Milburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Digtial Techniques

This book covers both the Mac world and the PC world. Since I use both systems it was great for me. I am a function/short cut key addict and this book certainly delivered in that area. It would list the command in Mac language first then PC talk. This book might be a bit advanced for the first time Photoshop user a good recommendation before embarking on this book would probably be Deke McClelland, "Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One". This book is definitely designed more for Photoshop CS but users of Photoshop 5.5, 6 and 7 should have no problems.
The layout style was pretty easy and logical to follow. You start with the basics like what equipment would best suit your needs, etc. It explained a bit about the difference between film and digital cameras in terms of the focal length and magnification that occurs with digital cameras. Followed by how to get great images in the field, plus taking care of your equipment and other practical information. Along the way it would discuss strategies about when to use a particular filter or effect. Sometimes it's best to get the color correction and other assorted manipulations out of the way before you use some of the filters.
While this book primarily covers Photoshop it does discuss other programs and plug-ins like Corel KnockOut, nik Color Efex, KPT Collection plus many more that create some of the same effects found in Photoshop but without the steep learning curve.
The full color photo samples and easy to follow steps made this book just great to read. The helpful tips and expert advice really had some great useful information. They would show you the original, the adjusted image and sometimes and over adjusted image so you could really get an idea as to the point that they were making. Sometimes you look at a photo and it looks good but it lacks something kind of subtle. They showed what some of those subtle changes could be to lend your image more punch. More of a professional edge. So you could have an image that was O.K. add some of these effects and get a pretty knockout photo.
This book certainly got my creative juices flowing. I have some landscapes and flowers that have been sitting in my to do something with box while I wait for inspiration to hit me. It did after this book. I have to admit it was a bit overwhelming with all of the choices with the different plug-ins and third party applications besides Photoshop that are out there. So I'm just going to take a few of the tips and start using them on my photos and adding more and more as time goes on. This book will be very well sticky noted by the time I add all of the new tricks to my little but soon to be big bag of tricks.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Computer Forensics : Incident Response Essentials
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Warren G. Kruse II, Jay G. Heiser
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Boring for skilled admins, only good for beginners.

"This is by far the most useful source of information on this subject -- clearly written, current, and technically insightful. I was impressed to see information not only about better-known programs, but also indispensable tools like Tom's Root & Boot."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
If you know Perl, and want to know more...

I am surprised that some of the reviews take this book to task for not being for beginners. It isn't for beginners; I would reccomend Learning Perl, 3rd edition (Randall Schwartz, et al) to those wishing to learn Perl.
As to it's fitness for larger projects, I am working on a large project with Perl. As it turns out, Perl is ideal for some projects (large or small) and not for others, which is characteristic of many languages and environments. Object Orientation does have it's value (we do use Perl in OO style). On the other hand OO isn't, contrary to the pursists, the I.T. panacea they might have us believe. It's one more tool in the box.
Those interested in OO in Perl would benefit from Object Oriented Perl by Damian Conway. The book begins with a wonderfully concise description of OO.
In short, this book is great for what it is intended for: Intermediate and Advanced Perl users. I use it as a reference on an almost daily basis.