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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Professional reference


Perl is an extremely powerful tool for both the begining web editor and for the webmaster. This book functions as a great reference but is not meant as a beginner guide to perl or cgi. It is an awesome reference though.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barbara Obermeier, Deke McClelland
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
It should be subtitled (for computer experts only)


I have been a pen & brush graphics artist all of my life. Now that I have retired, I decided to try computer image manipulation. I bought this book in the hopes of learning to recolor, flip, distort, or whatever via my computer (I just got my first one in 2000)and have found it maddening to use. The authors gloss over information vital to a basic understanding of Photoshop and then blithely show highly advanced image techniques that cannot be duplicated without the underlying knowledge. It pretends to being step-by-step, but ignores crucial steps. For example, a complex collage is created using a number of disparate images: how did they select only that portion of the original? How did they make the surrounding parts of the image transparent so the background shows through? This are the most basic maneuvers, but a couple of months with the book left me unenlightened. I have since found another book that delivers on the premise of this one, Photoshop 6 In An Instant by Toot & Woolridge, and am now happily photoshopping away -- this despite the fact that Photoshop 6 for Dummies was more ... and has many pages of color illustration, in contrast to Photoshop 6 In An Instant's reliance on B&W even to show color manipulation!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Outstanding Book


This book is perfect for those involved in research, strategy, design and implementation of corporate portals, intranets, CM/DM, and metadata projects. An exciting time in this field; Rosenfeld and Morville have performed a service for practitioners by packaging their knowledge, experience and perspective into this well-written book. The authors help one to realize how recently the role of information architect has become a professional role. For IA's, this book will help you effectively articulate your perspective throughout the organization; it's worth the price for that advantage alone.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design with CD-ROM
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Stephen Brown, Zvonko Vranesic
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
terrible


Fundamentals of Digital Logic is the book I am using during this semester in my Computer Engineering Ciriculum. Brown and Vranesic were more than likely very on top of their game when they first wrote the book - but it is clearly dated. The classic example of a pop machine (state machine design) really needs to be buried.
The book's examples are often difficult to follow, as there is very, very heavy reading involved. When I am presented with a concept in digital logic, computer science, or engineering, I want clear examples, with all steps explained in detail - not a paragraph or two with the idea enclosed. It just doesn't work as well as several good examples.
However, the book isn't all that horrible. In fact, it's not bad at all. It does a fine job of explaining memory elements, but, in retrospect, it does an extremely poor job of covering transmission gates and multiplexers. I can't tell you how long it took me to figure out how to work both of those devices.
All in all - I'd say if you have to buy this book for your course, you might want to pick up a few supplemantal texts for additional insight into more challenging concepts.
Good luck!