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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: AppleScriptThe Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: Adam Goldstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
AppleScript: The Missing Manual


AppleScript: The Missing Manual provides hands-on experiences to learn scripting. This is truly the "Missing Manual" for those wanting to automate their Macintosh. As with other Missing Manuals on-line scripts are available with the author providing step-by-step guidance.

The Overview explains Script Menu, how to use the Script Editor, and guides readers into the world of Scripting. Readers modify existing scripts and write their first AppleScript.

This Missing Manual enables readers build proficiency by modifying existing scripts in preparation to enter each new chapter. The author helps novices gain confidence as their skill level matures. With this publication readers are empowered to advance their skill level at their own pace.

For those wanting to maximize benefits of a Macintosh, AppleScript: The Missing Manual is a must have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
unclear,unclear,unclear,...!


(spelling in title due to space limitations) I have read other reviews saying this book is too tough for beginners and VB developers, blah blah blah. Granted, if you have absolutely no experience programming then this book will be a challenge, but it is not impossible to get the concepts if you have a keen eye for detail. Also, if you have worked in VB and have messed around with functions and created objects and some of its more advanced features, then you should have enough technical acumen to flow through this book and not feel like an idiot. I've learned VB and had BROWSED and or lightly worked with the inner workings of Java, C++, VBScript, Javascript before reading this book (they aren't terribly difficult, I know). Syntactically, there are a lot of similarities so I was able to focus on concepts when reading this book and later others (i,e, C#, Java) making the book easier to flow through. Basically, when I started this book I wasn't considered 'hard-core' programmer and I was able to do the excercises and undersanbd the concepts without it being this monumental tasks others wouls lead you to believe, but that may just be a testament to the book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Masking & Compositing (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
Authors: Katrin Eismann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Photoshop Book of Your Dreams


Learning to understand and use masks can be one of the most daunting, confusing and overwhelming challenges in Photoshop.

Katrin Eismann, one of the leading Photoshop experts in the world has, (in addition to traveling the globe to conduct sell-out Photoshop lectures and workshops), written the most comprehensive five hundred and nineteen page book on the subject of masking and compositing that one could ever imagine.

Of course this is not just a book about masking and compositing. Rather, it represents the very personal vision that Katrin demonstrates in everyaspect of her life. This extremely talented photographer, photoretoucher, educator and writer basically takes you by the hand and clearly explains everything you need to know about how this astonishing, complex, ever-changing photographic software program works. Along the way she shares her thoughts about creativity, teaches you about digital photography and cameras and shooting Camera Raw, and covers every other Photoshop topic you will need to know more about.

Katrin also makes you laugh. She generously concludes all of the chapters with "closing thoughts" that sound like they were written for you personally, and includes notes and tips on virtually every page that anticipate every question you could possibly have. Where else could you find a Chapter heading like: "Masks Are Your Friends" or find a Photoshop author who offers advice on "Overcoming a Creative Block"?

In this latest of her highly regarded books, Katrin has done a brilliant job simplifying an enormous amount of information. She prepares the reader well for approaching the sophisticated Photoshop techniques provided throughout the book. The hundreds of color photographs and graphics provide perfect examples for every lesson and the images can be quickly downloaded for the reader's use from Katrin's extremely informative website.

This book is a treasure. I study it night and day, frequently show examples from it to my Graphic Design students at Parsons School of Design, and even bought a second copy so I could cut it up and carry separate chapters aound with me.

If you really want to learn Photoshop, you will find this to be the book of your dreams!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle High-Performance SQL Tuning
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Donald K. Burleson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book for tuning complex SQL


I have a very complex system with lots of subqueries, and I was unable to find good tuning information until I tried the techniques in this book.
The book is simple to understand and explains the internals of complex Oracle SQL operations.
I have been very heppy with the results from my tuning, and I am thankful to find this textbook.