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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Administration Handbook
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Should cost more!


The Linux Administration Handbook covers everything you could possibly want a handbook, or two, to cover about linux. If you have any desire to become a unix or linux system admin, GET THIS BOOK. Everything from booting to web hosting is covered in a completeness that obviously comes only from sheer experience.
Note that the handbook does require you to have basic linux knowledge, so I'd pick up an decent intro book (Like UNIX for Dummies), also, it helps if you know a bit about cabling (for the serial port chapter) & c (for kernel programming).
Some people have bashed the handbook for being a bore to read. Personally, if you want a boring book, check out Beginning Direct3D game programming!!! The jokes the authors tell in this book are actually funny...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A nice set of "Ooh, cool!" PS7 tricks


While it's certainly worth the time and effort to learn about Photoshop's features and functions the hard way, sometimes it's nice to just be able to whip out a cool effect in a few minutes. Scott Kelby gives users dozens of sample projects, as well as hundreds of individual tips and tricks, in a step-by-step format that even beginners can follow.
The effects are divided by broad category (type effects, photo effects, drop-shadow effects, etc.), which is helpful if you sort of know what you want your finished effect to look like -- but, it's also fun just to browse the book and try something that looks interesting. Kelby's writing style is clear, but funny at the same time; you certainly shouldn't get bored working your way through any of the effects. Also, his concise yet informative step-by-step captions will give new and experienced users material for further experimentation and tweaking.
Some reviews have commented that certain sections contained errors. I haven't worked my way through every single section of the book yet, but of those I have (roughly two-thirds) there have been no glaring errors or omissions. This isn't to say there aren't typos or errors; I'm sure there probably are, just as there are in almost every book. I haven't found any that have detracted from the value or clarity of the book, however.
PS7 Down & Dirty Tricks really isn't a "learn PS7" book, so I don't recommend it for that purpose, though it is instructional. Buy a good, comprehensive book first, and then buy this one so you can have some quick fun when you bog down on channels, paths, or some other confusing topic in your "big" book. Highly recommended!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Matthew Robinson, Pavel Vorobiev
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for Beginners


I am a 10 year veteran programmer in C, C++ and recently, Java (but not GUI). My transition from C++ to Java was fairly simple and I am now a great fan of Java. This book was my first introduction to Java Swing--not a good experience. This book lacks the fundamental big picture aspects of Swing and dives right into the details, making it appear more complicated than it really is.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Mark Allen Weiss
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Good "Text" Book


First,there are some mistakes in the code supplied with the book,i'm sure Prof. Weiss have already fixed these in the second edition. Second,there MUST be at least answers to the excercises ,i'm not begging for solutions.Third,i'd prefer some other book,like Knuth's,but this one is good enough to pass the exam :),and the thery is described in short and understandable way.To be improved in further editions.