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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
what a bore!


A major timewaster. The book doesn't teach anything worthwhile at all. Trees, recursion, encapsulation....those things are taught in beginning C courses and in any case, this book doesn't present them very well. The other 95% of the text is useless drivel. The authors don't seem to have any desire to be lucid..they just want to have the book with the most topics stuffed into it, regradless of whether they can all be presented clearly or not. I agree with other reviewers who said this book makes major promises, but doesn't deliver on them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers : Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Mac and PC
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Martin Evening
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Needs better editing


This is a wonderful book for the photographer who is delving into Photoshop CS for the first time. However, there are many editing errors. Some of the places where Mr. Evening refers to other sections in the book obviously refer to previous editions rather than to the current edition. There are quite a few typos which were not picked up by the editing process as well. The indexing is not up to par either. For instance when you search for "montage" in the index it doesn't exist, yet there is an entire chapter on the topic. Overall, I am very glad that I bought the book and find it extremely useful in getting up to speed in my digital darkroom use of PS CS.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good reference for non techs


This book is very informative for anyone who is interested in Telecommunications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2002 Desktop Developer's Handbook
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential Reference


Don't let the "2002" in the title mislead you. This book is a valuable reference for Access 2003. If you are serious about the VBA programming, especially in Microsoft's Access, this book is essential. I have worked with the authors' and Access 97 and their Access 2000 versions and would have gone to their Access 2003 to version if it had been published. I agree with the publisher's choice to stick with the 2002 version because of the relative few changes to Access. Just last week, I referred to the textbook to see how to identify a control on a subform.

A second book I would recommend for VBA programmers is "Excel 2003: Power Programming with VBA" by John Walkenbach. Although this book focuses on VBA with Excel, the models and the presentation help develop a much richer understanding of VBA.