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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: RF Circuit Design: Theory and Applications
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Reinhold Ludwig, Pavel Bretchko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good intro to RF design


I'm probably a bit biased with this review, seeing as I learned RF design using this text in a course taught by the author. However, I really feel that it is an excellent introduction to the material. The progression through the book is well thought out and easily understandable. A basic knowledge of E/M fields theory is assumed, however. Overall though, for someone who wants an introduction to RF design and wants a book that clearly goes through all the steps in deriving each progressive equation, this book is an excellent choice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is it!! well written, easy to navigate


This is a great ASP book!! I tried others and was SO ANNOYED when they would set the whole book up to be one giant sample ecommerce site or something, because you have to understand the whole project in order to learn one little piece.. but this book is not like that, it's really well written and wonderfully organized; I constantly refer to it and learn chunks of stuff as needed. Excellent ASP and VBSCRIPT reference, and the authors really know their stuff. [...]



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop for Right-Brainers: The Art of Photo Manipulation
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Al Ward, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Photoshop for Right Brainers


This book has been very helpful to me, I am a novice at photoshop but am very interested in learning to use Photoshop creatively. I like the way the book is structured and easy to follow.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Servlets & JSP
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Good, But ...


I generally agree with most of the positive reviews. I always disliked the verbose style of old Orielly books - no white space, few diagrams, summaries, tables, etc. However buyers should consider some downsides to the style of this book.

You'll need to get through 700+ pages to complete this book compared to about half that for "Professional SCWCD Certification" Granted the scope of the exam has grown, but this is also due to it's style, and making it an introductory book as well as a study guide. On one hand, you'll find you will read these pages faster. So it's nearly a wash. On the other, there were many times I wanted the shorter version of the test topic.

Some may find the style makes you a bit dyslexic. For some, too many pictures can be distracting.

It doesn't seem it will be a great reference. However, its good writing may trump the fact that it's not organized like a reference.

Overall, it's hard to beat, especially if this is the one book you'll get on JSP/Servlets - well written, large scope, goes from introduction to SCWCD. But it may not be the best for someone who's just looking for a study guide or reference.

Bottom line: I would buy it despite these stylistic downsides.