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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Algorithms on Strings, Trees, and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Dan Gusfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books on string searching and matching

When you try to teach yourself a subject, you end up buying large numbers of books so that all of the little gaps are filled. Unfortunately, I didn't find this book until AFTER I spent a fortune on others. Don't be thrown by the "biology" in the title. This book clearly explains the numerous algorithms available for string searching and matching. And it does so without burying you in theory or pages full of math. By far, the best book on the subject I have found, especially if you are "into" genetics or are trying to learn about these algorithms on your own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit (Pragmatic Programmers)
Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers
Authors: Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly recommended for any programmer

he collaboration of andy Hunt and Dave Thomas (partners in The Pragmatic Programmers LLC, developers of complex software systems), Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit is the second of the three volume "The Pragmatic Starter Kit" series. Offering the reader instruction in how to write better, cleaner code faster with fewer bugs regardless of one's programming language, and how to use the freely available NUnit library in C# for unit testing, Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit combines thorough instructions with sample code and expert debugging tips, tricks, and techniques. Highly recommended for any programmer seeking to improve and polish his or her skills.

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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent as usual from Martin Evening

Another very easy to follow and comprehensive manual for CS. I've owned them all since Mr. Evening's 6.0 for Photographers and this one will prove to be as invaluable as the others. Highest marks!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop 7 Wow! Book
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredibly useful resource

Photoshop, if you haven't noticed, is about as complicated a product as it gets. It sometimes seems like they designed it to be impossible learn (Option-click on the line between these two layers! Option click on that little triangle!). But once you master a technique it goes from maddening to delightful (and then to maddening again as you hit the next hurdle).
I first bought the Wow 5/5.5 book a couple of years ago and recently invested in the v7 book. This reference is always nearby, ready to boost me over the next hurdle. I have surprised my graphic designer friends by showing them stuff they didn't know which I got from this book.
It's evidently a labor of love by its authors. There is an extraordinary amount of work involved in explaining the product so well and packing in so many examples (which some reviewers see as a flaw?).
I don't normally gush so much but I want everybody to know about this great reference -- one of the most useful computer books I've owned. A simplistic book on a complex topic won't get you very far; this sophisticated book will carry you for years.