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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe GoLive CS Classroom in a Book, Revised Edition (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Hard to believe something this bad was released

The absolute and complete arrogance of Adobe Systems to allow this book to be released boggles the imagination. I will never purchase one of their books without having a copy in my hands for inspection and review.
Granted Adobe Golive is not a first tier application at Adobe but can you imagine a book this bad being released if the subject was Photoshop or Acrobat?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book

I have just three months experience in java but this book has made me get my sun certification with 85 score. The chapters are explained in a clear and lucid manner. I think serious aspirants must spends 3 weeks on this book. Dont bang your mind with several books. Read only this book.


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Bastin Gerald, Nigel King, Dan Natchek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good 11i Manufacturing and Supply Chain book

I was looking for a book like this since Oracle 11i Release. This is a very good book for the new and experienced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Professional.
This book touches almost every part of the subject/module in Mfg. and it can be used as a Handbook too. This book is very knowledgeable and resourceful.
I have recommended this book to many of my friends. Even my friends also feel that it is very useful book.
What I liked most about this book is its organization and going detail about the important areas with examples and screen shots.
Another good thing about this book is that it is both functional and technical. This book tells us about the important oracle tables and logical diagrams. It is very difficult to find a book like this one in the market. Good job!.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Confidence : How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
(Sigh.) Here We Go Again

(I just caught a review of "Confidence" in Business Week, but haven't read the book yet. Reader reviews here gave some interesting prespectives. Amazon's software won't allow a review without a star rating, so I'll give it a gentleperson's three, but then complain a bit.)

Look at winners. Find common factors. Write a book or article telling the reader that if you do things that way, you too will win. It's irrefutable! They did it that way, and they won! What makes it difficult to oppose such stuff is this construct, which works entirely to the benefit of the author: If you lose, it's not that the author was wrong, but that you didn't, just to pick one example, have enough confidence, accountability, collaboration and/or innovation.

One problem for authors is that their examples can get dated rather rapidly. The Chicago Cubs have broken out of a circle of doom, huh? Gillette's stock, adjusted for dividends and splits, is about where it was in November, 1997. That's seven years ago.

A story about Woody Hayes, the great Ohio State football coach, was on the subject of "motivation" not "confidence," but I think the story is applicable: Talking to a service club luncheon, Hayes was asked what he looked for in a player. He gave a lengthy and lyrical discourse on how he looked for players he could motivate. One audience member finally stood up and asked, "But Coach Hayes, you are noted for recruiting the biggest, meanest, fastest football players Ohio has to offer. What does that have to do with motivation?" To which Hayes responded, "When they're big and mean and fast, they're a lot easier to motivate!"