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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

I was not pleased with this book. I listened to the hype and bought it in hopes of learning something insighful about good programming style and some interesting theory. Instead, I got a very boring book. Half of it seems to be Scheme specific, which completely negates its purpose of being "language independent". The other half is tryly theoretical, but it's either completely irrelevant, or it is self evident, such as abstraction. Anyone who has done some programming knows that splitting programs into procedures, and data into abstract objects is a good thing. Do we really need to read a whole chapter or more to relearn this? Reading this text is futile. Its cause is good, but it falls far short of its overstated goals.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely Invaluable!

I have used this book so much that it's starting to fall apart. When I first started with VB.NET, I had no knowledge of VB at all and little programming experience. This book started from the very beginning and took me through writing several different applications for my employer, adding a lot of value to our processes. It also added to my value as an employee and to my job security. ;)

I thoroughly recommend this book for beginners and although I don't classify myself as a beginner anymore, I'm still finding things that I can improve in my programs by leafing through it every once in a while.

This book is worth much more than the price. Highly recommended!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 2.0
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Mike Wooldridge
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent to start with Photoshop !

It is the first time I spend the time writing a review for a book on amazon. I decided to do it for TYV Photoshop Elements because of its excellent quality. I tried a few other Photoshop books before and couldn't go further than page 30 because text is definitely not adequate to teach you how to use a software dedicated to imaging. This book is just perfect for beginners like me who want to understand how the various functionalities of the software can be used to realize what they want. You get a double page per function, very clear and precise, easy to read and to understand. Along with this one, I bought The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2 (that I have not started yet) to get into the hairy details...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Average... But may be one of the better books for SolidWorks

This is an honest attempt to make a good, easy-to-read book about SolidWorks, however, the author does not know how to explain complex subject matter well. He overexplains many things in elaborate detail and underexplains other subjects that need more explanation. His attempt to make the syntax friendly and easily assessable fails. It comes across as condescending and not on the level of the expected typical reader of the book.

The material could have been covered in half the space, or twice as much material could have included. In other words, the book gets annoying sometimes with its explanations.

Overall, it's okay; just wastes time and is not efficient.