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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for beginners

PhotoShop cs classroom in a book provides new users of PhotoShop good step by step lessons and will help a user build a good PhotoShop foundation. The book covers the more basic functions of PhotoShop but does not go into some of the more detailed aspects of PhotoShop that experienced users would be looking for. It also does not really explore how to use it in conjunction with other Adobe products like Illustrator or Go Live. Those that are trying to learn how to build web pages or design ads will be disappointed by this. Those that are more advanced users of PhotoShop will be disappointed. The book never really states intended PhotoShop user ability level but it is mostly for the beginner to intermediate level user.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
one star

Well, my only intention was just learn some C++.. But the book has more "advice from the guru" and some more unnecessary stuff than C++; the book could have been in a more compact form. Seems more than a book on large scale programming than a book on the language itself.
Maybe not really good to do, but when I compare the book with K&R "The C Programming Language", I see that K&R is more compact and gives reader more knowledge when you read equal from each book.
I did like C, but with the help of the book, I disliked C++, and when I have a relatively large job, I use C or a functional language.
By the way, my "the C++ language 3rd edn" is for sale, too little used, in good condition...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Fortran 90/95 for Scientists and Engineers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Stephen J. Chapman, Stephen Chapman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Move to F95!

Chapman has written a good and comprehensive guide to Fortran. I had previously learnt Fortran 90, and needed to upgrade to Fortran 95. If you already know 90, the differences are kinda minor. 95 should not give you any problems.
Chapman also talks about higher level stuff. Like good coding techniques. So the book is about more than just at the syntax/subroutine level.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Virginia Andersen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Database Design

I am a technical writer who is also a graphic artist and web designer. I work for a large company in their IT department. Every project I have ever worked on required usually two things: a website and a database of some kind. I taught myself the web stuff and have been doing it for about 3 years. Now I am learning the database stuff. I decided to start with Access after consulting with several hardcore database programmers who recommended it as a good starting place. One of them in particular told me to check out this book. I was not disappointed.
The author starts the book out with a really nice discussion of relational database design. This is key because no matter how well you understand Access the application, if you don't understand how to lay out the tables and establish the relationships, you will be sunk long term. The book then moves into the various functions of Access which is pretty much broken up by the objects in the database. The descriptions and instructions are clear and easy to follow. The last third of the book covers advanced topics like web-enabling your databases and using Visual Basic with it.
I think this book would be of little use to an advanced Access programmer. But beginners and possibly intermediate users will find it invaluable. After just 3 months my book is so dog eared it is sad. I wouldn't trade it for the world. If you are just getting started and are somewhat technical to begin with, I recommend this book to you most definitely.