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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Deke McClelland, Galen Fott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I learned a lot.

I thought this book was a good introduction to the program. It gave a lot of background information about digital pictures, and also some practical, hands on techniques for making your photos look better. I recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not For Everyone

The book strongly relied on C# projects supplied with the included CD. The teach method is to have you open a project and add or change a line or two of code in order to illustrate a concept. If the subject matter were of a less complicated nature (programming), I'd almost say this book was for young children learning C#. At some point, I just decided to skip the examples and just focus on the text until I finally got tired of the book altogether. I also have another .NET Step By Step book and I see that this learning method is common with the entire series.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for any beginner

Excellent for beginning programmers. Very clear, light reading. Nice sense of humor. Even for advanced programmers (who are new to python), I recommend "Learning Python " instead of "Programming Python" because it is better organized and takes up less shelf space.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Problem Solving, Abstraction, and Design using C++, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Frank L. Friedman, Elliot B. Koffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The greatest book if you want to take AP C++!

I used this book for my freshman C++ class and I think it was understandable. People who rate this book one star are the people that should be weeded out of computer science programs. Although C++ can not be spoon-fed, this book makes a good attempt. Unless you are in a college C++ class that requires this book, then get an O'Reilly book ("Practical C++ Programming"). You get more useful, real-world instruction.