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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good job on what it sets out to do


This book accommodates the beginner who has not yet learned to read hexadecimal. By leaning pedgogically on DOS, the author coaches the reader on programming Linux in assembler; an audacious task for which the author proves well qualified. The approach is gentle. The example DOS program on page 229 is equivalent to K&R's "hello, world."
The NASM assembler, provided on disk and is used in the examples, uses Intel mnemonics; allowing the book to sidestep the issue of AT&T mnemonics versus Intel mnemonics. This will be fault of feature, depending on what you need. Readers programming Linux in C and learning to cope with assembler in the GNU world where we use AT&T mnemonics, will need to supplement this book with assembler HOWTOs.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must-Have


Anyone who uses Microsoft SQL Server or Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (or any of the related products) must have this book on the shelf. It is THE best-written and best-organized computer book I have come across. It picks up where the manual leaves off. Despite its name, this book is useful for someone who has just a little knowledge of T-SQL, as well as advanced users. Chapters 1 and 6 serve the beginner well. The information on performace tuning is great for the more experienced user. Even DBA's will find useful information. I don't know what I would do without this book. It showed me some of the techniques that I use regularly, such as the CASE statement.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very helpful, know C# first


I'm half-way through this book, and I'm very impressed. The excercises and their variety and applicability have been great. The side notes and practice exam questions are helpful too. Yes, this book is not for newcomers to C#. Read a beginner book first, then use this book as exam prep. The back cover of the book, which you can view on amazon website says the book is intended for those with working knowledge of C#. Unfortunately, programmer123 didn't bother to look at this and gave an unfair rating of only three stars. Not fair. This book deserves at least four stars.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This Book Fills an Empty Niche


Cher Threinen-Pendarvis saw a need and has fulfilled it with The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book. The need was for detailed directions in setting up and using one's digital tablet and stylus for use with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop and continuing instructions on ways to use the stylus and tablet in each new endeavor. The subject is usually treated in a single chapter in other books, but this author weaves ways to adjust and use the digital stylus and tablet to draw and paint in all the exercises in the entire book. I have been studio painting for 23 years and digital painting using Painter and Photoshop for 10 years, yet I have learned something from each chapter in this book.

Pendarvis offers drawing and painting exercises for those new to painting, with information applicable whether painting with traditional media or digitally on the computer. At the same time her expertise with Painter and Photoshop enables her to offer tips and techniques useful for the experienced digital painter.

Exercises include tips and instructons for digital sketching, working on location, painting from photo resources, setting up, sketching, drawing and painting simple still life studies and sketching either on paper and scanned for the computer or sketching directly on the computer. Several sectons cover how to retouch vintage photographs and turn them into paintings. The author details with clear instructons how to use one's traditional or digital sketches as bases for developing paintings in digital watercolor, pastels, chalk, oils, gouache and other media. We learn to customize and use brushes in both Photoshop and Painter as needed for various projects. Pendarvis also shows us how to create a personal color palette for each painting and how to preserve and use this palette while painting on the computer. A section tells how to composite sketches and scans with digital painting from both programs, painting a project from the imagination. Other topics are covered as well. Her tips on using lighting in one's digital works and how to make custom cloning brushes are valuable. A small gallery of the author's own digital paintings is included.

Although I have never met her personally, I credit Cher Threinen-Pendarvis as one artist who taught me (through her Painter Wow! Books) how to apply Painter's enormous resources to digital painting when I was new to both computers and digital painting. This "tablet book" expands that knowledge and further teaches me how to use and customize Photoshop's brushes and how to apply Photoshop's tremendous resources to painting as well as to its more common use as a digital dark room and image editor.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in digital painting, but especially to those new to painting on the computer.