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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best ever!


This was one of the best three trading books I have ever read. The first part of the book where the author described his adversities in his early years will give hope to all struggling traders. Once Mr. Smith began making money, he never looked back. But this book is no mere biography. It is filled with unique trading strategies I haven't read elsewhere. Be prepared though. This book is controversial and bound to challenge the conventional thinkers of the trading world. You don't achieve a track record like the author with conventional methods. This book is a must for any serious trader.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: GarageBandThe Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Manual for a Great Program



Garage Band may be the coolest and most powerful of the Apple iLife applications. It allows virtually anyone to create an at least decent-sounding musical composition. However, it is not simple and its many features allow for quite sophisticated and complex compositions suitable for professional level use. Yet, Apple provides only minimal on-screen help material.

Hence, the need for a book like Garage Band: The Missing Manual. This is another of the O'Reilly Media Inc. Missing Manual series, and like all the many others I've read, this is a well-written, content-filled volume. O'Reilly should write manuals for creators of all full-featured applications as they have the formula down for doing it right.

This volume is written by David Pogue with his usual combination of substance and style. The presentation is systematic, yet friendly, and with handfuls of wit. The book has two main parts and an appendix containing a mini-music crash course, a menu-by-menu description of Garage Band, and a list of keyboard shortcuts.

Part 1 covers the basics of using and understanding Garage Band - how to install and set up, and how to understand the concepts of tracks, loops, editing, and recording. Emphasis is made of the two types of data input used by the program, so-called digital recordings and MIDI. Each is handled differently by the program and care is made throughout the book to explain how to deal with each. Like the rest of the Missing Manuals he's authored, Pogue uses a hands-on approach to describe and explain how to produce quality output from the program, He weaves music theory concepts with program feature descriptions and gives helpful suggestions to the typical user how best to use the program's features to make music your family will be proud hearing.

In Part 2, Pogue explains how to publish your output and use the results with iMovie, iPhoto, and iDVD, He covers more advanced topics as well, like troubleshooting and extending the program with available plugins and compatible software. References to the more professional level features of Garage Band are noted but not covered in any detail, as most users will never touch these features.

O'Reilly's website (www.missingmanuals.com) has tutorial samples and shareware programs to download and use while going through the chapters. This book is a fine value at $19.95.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stop looking! This is the best ASP book - period!


Extremely well put together. Makes ASP seem simple. No useless, confusing jargon. Highly organized, clearly understandable and very concise. Undoubtably, a lot of work went into this book. It's written with the reader in mind (unheard of for most tech books). It fills it's promise - Learn ASP in 21 days. Probably less if you choose too. I normally hate tech books. This one was a pleasure. I'd give it 10 stars if they would let me. No, I'm not the writer's mother. I am a very happy customer who now understands ASP!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pragmatic ADO.NET: Data Access for the Internet World
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Shawn Wildermuth
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, but could use more depth


While this is an excellently written book and a very easy read, I find that it doesn't really have the depth for the really sticky problems. It's a great overview, but not a reference work.