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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Why is there no differentiation between Mac and PC editions?


I'm a Mac partisan with a screaming new G5 with dual 2Gb processors.

I ordered this book to go with the Elements 3.0 for Mac update I just purchased. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I received the manual for the Windoze version.

No ... sorry ... I do not want to simply "make do."

Sadly, according to someone I spoke to at the publisher (Peachpit Press), Adobe has no plans for a Mac version. That's either a testament to Adobe's confidence in Mac users' abilities to simply plug and play fearlessly, or a sign Adobe just doesn't care much about the Mac market any longer.

As usual, Amazon was quite helpful in letting me make an immediate return.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for Website developers


Creating an effective Web site is easy with this book. Krug takes you step by step through the process and helps you avoid all the dumb decisions that make so many Web sites annoying and difficult to navigate. His breezy, friendly style makes this book easy to read, even for graphic designers. (Sorry, I didn't mean that.)
Seriously, everyone who designs Web sites needs to read this book. I've brought it to work (I work in a marketing communications and design company) and shared it with my colleagues. They liked it too.
If you want to create more effective and successful Web sites, you oughta read this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Critical: Gaining Competitive Advantage through High-Quality Web Content
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Authors: Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great resource for web designers?


At last, content problems no longer have to break the hearts of web designers. Content Critical offers many solutions for making better web sites. Content is so often an after thought (Cut and paste) of web site design, this book clearly states why people are visiting your site (To read) and just how important quality content is. You'll find yourself quoting the easy to understand explanations of XML, search engines, content categorization, navigation design and web site design fundamentals.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Michael Sipser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction to computer science theory


This book is aimed as an introductory text book on computer science theory. The book is suited for both undergraduate and graduate studies. The first three chapters of the book, regular expressions, context free languages and the church-turing thesis are apt for an introductory class for the undergraduate level. The remaining 7 chapters provide more than enough content for advanced undergraduate or graduate studies.
This is the first book on computer science theory that I have seen, which is actually written in understandable English. As compared to the previous introductory texts by Hopcroft or Papadimitriou, Sipser shuns writting the entire book using just symbols of formal mathematics. This is not to say that there is no formalism in the book. There is adequate use of formal mathematics in the proofs of the book, but not so much as to scare even in most intrepid readers like in previous books on this subject.The fact I liked most about this book is that every proof in the book is accompanied by a "Proof Idea" which explains using diagrams and plain english how exactly the proof works. This followed by the formal proof. The problems at the end of each chapter are fairly interesting, and some of the * marked problems can be fairly challenging for a first time student.
Another amazing thing about this book is the amount of content it covers. I would have never expected a book of only 400 pages to cover computer science theory all the way from introductory undergraduate to advanced graduate levels. This is because, the author focusses only on core concepts and strives to make them as clear as possible. For example, this book has only one chapter on regular expressions, while every other book that I have seen has at least 3-4 chapters full of gory details. This is because Sipser does not go into the gory mechanical details of converting DFAs to NFAs, or writing Turing machines and so on, but instead explains just the important concepts and gives a few examples. Also a wealth of information is to be found in the problems at the end of the chapter. Many of these problems like the Myhill-Nerode theorem are of the kind you will find actually proved in other texts, but left as an excercise here. This is because they are relatively simple to prove once all the concepts are understood. Moreover an educator has the option of which of these problems they want to delve deeper into.
Any student who studies or wishes to study computer science theory should definately get their hands on this book, irrespective of whether they have already used a different book.