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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing IT as a Business : A Survival Guide for CEOs
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Mark Lutchen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must read

I found this book especially helpful in explaining the value of implementing business-oriented performance measurements into my company's IT department. I've always had trouble justifying certain IT expenditures, but linking IT strategy with corporate strategy helps make things a lot clearer. I am thinking of making this book required reading for my leadership committee.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good practical book on .NET

This is a great book. The hard work the author put into to this book is apparent with the high quality of the information. The examples start out simple and build into code that could be used in real world applications. Complex concepts are explained in a clear and understandable fashion. I have revisited several sections as a reference while working in .NET. An e-book of the text comes with the book. This is very helpful to have the text of the book only a few clicks away. I have read many .NET books. This is one of the best.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent and Thorough

This book was extremely thorough in its preparation for the Certification Exam. I found it better on several topics (Threads, Collections) than several other books I read. The practice questions and sample exams were much more difficult (and therefore helpful) than others as well. Even now that I have become Certified, I keep this book around as a reference for some of the tricky language and API features. Definitely worth it, although I would supplement it with some of the good web sites and possible another book as well (I also read the Sybex one)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: iPhoto 5: Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue, Derrick Story
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
broader scope than Photoshop

Catching the wave! As digital cameras and cameraphones have become common, so too has the need to handle an ever increasing inventory of photos. Which is why Apple offers iPhoto 5. The book shows how Apple has refined iPhoto into a coherent and easily used package.

There are tips on taking these digital photos and for editing a photo with various enhancements. But of the book's 14 chapters, only one is on actual editing. These capabilities of iPhoto are adequate, but clearly inferior to Photoshop. iPhoto's emphasis is different. It focuses more on handling or managing large numbers of photos. Especially in making your own website of these. Plus doing the printing of photos.

You have to admire Apple for what they've done here. Adobe's Photoshop dominates digital image editing. But rather than trying to fruitlessly match Photoshop, feature for feature, Apple broadened the scope of digital image usages to include the above tasks, and then went after a new customer base. Where Photoshop had no dominance.