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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Make a spot


This simply belongs in your library. It's not just another book on the FCL, but rather a nice look into how the CLR works internally. I've only read the first chapter (browsed the others for now) and can already tell this is chock full of info. The first chapter already answered many questions I had (how does IL compilation work, mscoree.dll, etc...). This is a must have. Don't think twice. Haven't checked out the other CLR book another reviewer mentioned. That's next.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Training Guide
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Drew Bird
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Average book, Average Writing


One of the things that the authors do that really bugged me while reading this book was early on they were constantly referring you to other chapters, by name and number, for more information. It became very repetitive, I half expected them to start handing out page numbers right there in the middle of the text. Another thing I found a minor irritation was over-doing the table of contents. I really don't think every chapter needs its own table of contents. It felt like these things provided filler to get the page count higher.
About the book itself, it does make networking concepts as easy to understand as humanly possible. I was a little dissapointed that every chapter had 20, and only 20 exam questions. Some chapters are much, much longer than others, and I don't think 20 questions was enough to test my understanding on the last 100 pages of material. The on hands exercising sounds like a nice idea, but I don't have a few thousand extra bucks to go out and buy Windows 2000 Server so that I can do all the exercises. Installing Linux has been quite the challenge, since I can't seem to get a network card working on a linux box, haven't been able to do a Linux server for the exercises either.
The Troubleshooting section dissapointed me. It gives you the first step in the troubleshooting process, and then nothing. This is probably a failing of CompTIA, more than the authors, but anyone with any hands on experience knows you rarely get lucky and solve the problem with your first attempt. Alot of focus on cabling, which in my experience software is a bigger problem most of the time. Just not enough depth of troubleshooting strategy for me. But then again, the Exam probably won't go into much depth either. It sure would be nice for getting ready for the real world however.
Just for the record, I haven't taken my exam yet, but will be next week.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Kevin Monahan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth the Money -- BUY IT!


This book is a tremendous timesaver. In a few hours, you can learn how to do some really stunning effects, all from within an editing application. FCP is not just for cutting anymore! If you're strapped for time and or cash, and you need to wow a client, its a lot more efficient and frugal to work all within FCP, rather than creating motion graphics in other applications with steaper learning curves and price tags. Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro by Kevin Monahan is a one-of-a-kind book that fills a gap in the pantheon of editing how-to-books, and it does it extremely well. Great job, Kevin.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Indesign Cs Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just as Good as Instructor Led Course


If you really want to learn, and you are patient and go through each lesson, you will get just as much training as the expensive instructor led courses. I have never used page layout or publishing software and I am feeling more proficient with each lesson. This is my third Classroom in the Book purchase and I rate it as good as any of the beginner training courses on the same titles. Matter of fact, the only course I took was Photoshop 7 for beginners, and the instructor taught from the Photoshop 7 Classroom In A Book.