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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the most influential technical books ever written

In addition to providing a broad, albeit detailed introduction to UNIX, this book contains some of the most well-written and documented C code for students of the language. One chapter illustrates the construction of a simple calculator which gradually evolves into a stack-based virtual machine with a lex/yacc-based instruction set interpreter. The reader is guided through both the theory and practice of software design by demonstrating the almost "organic" growth of a complex software system out of a simpler one.
A definite must read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7 One-Click Wow!
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis, Linnea Dayton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You're gonna love this book and the effects it allows.

It took me a while to get around to loading this program onto Photoshop 7 but after doing so I can't figure why I waited so long. It's easy to use and so-o-o forgiving. I particularly like being able to reset the copy and retain the total effect. Some of the effects are much better and more useful than others, but once you get past the fun of playing with the process it will save you hours in creative time and make your work more unique. A great investment.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ellen Finkelstein, Gurdy Leete, Ellen Finkelstein
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Usually Dummies books are good, but this one....

A horrible book to introduce you to Flash and a waste of money. At the end, I really didn't understand how the program worked - only how certain tasks are done. There's a lot of fluffy chapters. A much better book is Rosanna Yeung's Flash MX 2004 Hands-On Training.

I bought this Dummies book based on the quality of other Dummies books I have, but this one was a real disappointment.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
What a waste of time

If you know anything about object modeling this book is a waste of time ... surprisingly, since (as others have observed) the book has one of the better appearances in the market. Very little insights gained into difficult problems.
If you know nothing about object modeling you may still find it useful. I did not.