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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
you can learn alot from this book

I can go on and on about what this book contains, but others have already done it. I'll just cut straight to what I think of Photoshop CS One-on-One

If you really want to understand how Photoshop works, this is the book for you. It breaks things down to a level I can understand. I personally like the many illustrations provided, so that I can understand and follow along the many different options you can do to an image. I hate it when a book goes on and on about how to do something, and it has no screenshots or pictures to show me what it is I'm reading. This book is quite the contrary. It will guide you along step by step, explaining certain terminology in case the you are a beginners like me, who doesn't understand a lick about photo editing.. I received this book yesterday, and I am still learning new things I can do with Photoshop. Qute frankly, I know a whole lot more right now than I did yesterday, thanks to this book.

I give this 4 stars just because it requires some reading and that I'm a slow reader.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for software development managers

Risk is everywhere, so we cannot avoid it, only manage to deal with it in the best possible manner. In software development, the most valuable projects are always the most risky. Therefore, the decision to go forward with any project must include an honest assessment of the locations of the virtual land mines. There are two general areas in which risk can be categorized. Some of the risks are known, either precisely or within a range of parameters. For example, the cost per day for each category of worker involved in the project is well-known. This type of risk is not difficult to manage, and most managers have a great deal of experience handling them, so very little of the book deals with them. The second category are those risks that are largely unknown. These are items like the risk of mission critical software suffering a catastrophic failure to large, unexpected cost overruns. It is this category that is examined in detail in this book. Of course, the boundaries between these categories are extremely subjective and situation dependent. A small company with limited financial resources would consider a smaller cost overrun to be critical than a company more capable of taking a large financial risk. After the initial explanation that risk management is necessary, the next step is trying to quantify the risks. This involves charts of likelihood of delivery time that resemble normal distribution curves. Using such charts allows any prediction to include some natural �wiggle room�, which eliminates one of the most recurring and frustrating problems. Development managers are commonly asked to give a date for product delivery, and that date becomes fixed in stone. Upper echelons are notorious for hearing only the �we can deliver on August first� part of the message and ignoring the remaining, �provided all the planets are in alignment, there is no snow in January and no one takes a day off� part of the message. Expressing the date in a diagram of this form means that it is impossible to see the date without also seeing the estimated range. The authors have also developed a risk assessment tool called RISKOLOGY, which can be freely downloaded from the companion web site. While the tool is not described in complete detail, there is enough background for you to be able to use it quickly. Chapter 13 deals with the core risks of software projects. The five risks listed are:
* Schedule flaw.* Requirements inflation.* Personnel turnover.* Specification breakdown.* Under-performance.
None of these risks is any surprise to experienced managers, although including them was necessary and the authors do a good job in explaining them. Chapter 14 puts forward a process for discovering risks, which is excellent and in the realm of �how to learn what it is that you don�t know.� It is this approach that will separate those who succeed from those who must resort to faking success. The greatest and most dangerous risks are those never considered as possible events. Catastrophe brainstorming followed by scenario analysis is the strategy that the authors put forward. As a mathematician, I was pleased to see that the concept of probability is used to perform the risk analysis. Probability charts are used throughout the book to demonstrate the concepts and of course this more accurately describes our knowledge of the future. Nothing in life is certain, so the probability limits need to be placed around every event. The software project without risk is so dull and uninteresting that no one with any talent would go near it. So, if you have talent, gear up by buying this book and plunge forward to take on the enormous challenges of making software that matters to the world.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful beginning ideas!!! Excellent ebay seller!A++++++++

Anyone new to ebay will love all the information it gives. This book will help you get started!!! I enjoyed it!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ken Greenwood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding training tool! Best in its class!

Overall Rating: ***** (Excellent)
I have personally taught more than 32 weeks of the SAP ABAP/4 Partner Academy courses and read several books on ABAP/4.
This book is definitely "best in its class" covering material from SAP's BC400 and BC430 courses (week 1 of the ABAP/4 Partner Academy) and beyond. Ken is a master at making complex concepts easily understood. The book is full of helpful diagrams, R/3 screen captures, program cutouts (explained line by line by Ken), and helpful tips.
The end of each chapter concludes with a "Summary", a table of "Do's and Don'ts", "Questions and Answers", and a "Workshop" that includes a "Quiz" and, where appropriate, one or more "Exercises". This is truly an excellent training tool, going far beyond the typical "reference" books I have read in the past.
The CD-ROM at the back of the book includes an "uploadable" copy of the source code of programs used in the book, 58 Lotus ScreenCams that demonstrate many key tasks on a live R/3 System (extremely helpful for those who do not have access to an R/3 System), four very useful utilities for ABAP/4 developers (written by the author), and even a trial version of a "German-to-English" translator (seasoned ABAP/4 programmers will understand the value of this tool for interpreting German-only documentation found in many SAP function modules!).
Warning to all ABAP/4 instructors: get your hands on this book quick before your future students do - they may end up knowing more than you do!
Overall - an excellent resource!