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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Certified Developer Study Guide
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Matt Voerman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Covers the Flash essentials

I just completed my Certified Flash MX 2004 developer exam, and after purchasing this book to swat up on my knowledge I found it quite helpful.
Some of the questions in the exam were pretty hard and while I just failed, I think this was more due to my lack of knowledge (about Flash) and not enough prep time, rather than the book.
After reviewing the book (after the exam) I found that most of the topics in the exam were all "broadly" covered by the book (as they should be), and if i'd actually taken time to read the book more thoroughly I think I would have definitely passed.
While the review questions at the end each chapter are pretty easy, they're really only there to test your comprehension of the chapter you've just read.
My only criticism is that the exam pass mark should be 65% instead of 70%. Because my mark of 66% would have seen me pass ;)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
concise, literate, directed

Fantastic book, less than three hundred pages, adequate examples, encourages structured design. I teach at a community college, and use this book for instruction purposes. Do not let the '88 moniker discourage you -- there is a reason it has not been rewritten!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring 3D Modeling with Maya 6
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: Patricia Beckmann, Scott Wells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good solid beginner book!

I am new to Maya and was having a bit trouble with some of the concepts - this book does a great job presenting Maya in an easy to understand step by step method with the "how-to" as well as the "why" which seems to be lacking in some of the other books I've looked at. I'd highly recommend it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac OS X : Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Steve Schwartz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent quick guide to Microsoft Office

This 453-page book is written for beginning and intermediate users of Microsoft Office 2004. It blends short, well-written sections on the various parts of Office 2004 with screen shots and other graphics that show you visually how to do things. This is a winning combination and makes learning about Office 2004 easy and fun. I also was pleased to find short "tips" following the various discussions that further enhanced your ability to use the feature being discussed.

Starting the book is a good summary of what's new with the four components of Office 2004, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage. This is followed by separate "Parts" for each of these four applications plus an introductory section and a special ending section. The latter contains instruction on combining some of the aspects of the four applications. Within each of the major "Parts" are Chapters of major features each broken down further into short sections focusing on the various useful ways to use various features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage.

For example, Part II is on Microsoft Word. It is broken down into 6 chapters focusing on working with word, document formatting, text formatting, adding graphics, creating tables, and other word features. Then within each of those are several subsections providing specific help on various aspects of each chapter topic. For instance, within "document formatting" you'll find specific focus on paper size and orientation, margins, headers and footers, page numbers, inserting page breaks, creating multiple sections, and multiple columns. And all are user-friendly and quite helpful!

This book is part of the "Visual Quickstart Guide" series of Peachpit Press, and the again lives up to the other fine visual guides from this company. I was also impressed by the knowledge shared in this book by the skilled author whose past works included more than 50 other books and hundreds of computer-related reviews and articles for various well-known computer magazines. He knows his subject and has the skills to guide the reader to a most satisfying understanding of Office 2004.

All and all, I would highly recommend this helpful book and I'm sure I will be referring to it many times whenever I have a question about Office 2004 - and I have confidence that I'll find the answer!