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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Idea Kit (Idea Kit)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Lisa Matthews
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
You can use this on 2 levels

Adobe Systems' main product is Photoshop. So to gin up sales and usage, they want to offer many handy ideas that add value to it. Thus one of their employees, Matthews, came up with this slender guide. Unsurprisingly, the information is laid out very clearly for the reader, given that Photoshop is about visual presentation of images and text.

The design tips are given in a nontechnical prose, for a general audience. There are two levels at which you can use this book. Firstly, and obviously, for the tips themselves. But at a metalevel, look carefully at how she arranges her graphics and text. A clean and minimalist design, that does not attempt to overwhelm the reader on any given page. Uncluttered. Quite unlike, say, Wired magazine. So you can try using this book as an implicit design document for your own work. Most readers will never try this, even though it's right in front of them.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2003 Solutions
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Scot P. Hillier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very in-depth book on Sharepoint.

I wont pretend to write a glowing review, I just want say that this is worth looking at.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

This is an excellent book! You definitely want this book on your shelf if you are a Java developer. If you are writing GUI based java programs, you will need this book sooner or later.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Decent but flawed

This book has some good info, but the book itself has many flaws.
First, much of the info is copied verbatim from the 7.0 book. That would be OK if this were a second edition, but it is being sold as a whole new book.
Second, half the book consists of printouts of the screens from the various Sql Server tools. For example, the DTS and replication coverage consists almost entirely of screen printouts. Some pages are literally two screen prints with a sentence or two between them. One gets the impression the Rob hasn't used these technologies much and is using graphics to bulk up the book.
Regardless of the reasons for the flaws, they greatly devalue the book for me. I would say that if you have the 7.0 book, you don't need this one. Also, keep in mind that if you are working with DTS, replication, XML, OLAP and many others you will need other books unless you simply want to review printouts of Sql Server screen printouts.