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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The book is worthless

May I ask what good a book is that presents many problems for each chapter but provides no solutions? This book has many good problems associated with each chapter - problems that test whether you understand the material. But the author hides the solutions from you! After doing the problems in each chapter you have no way of knowing if you did them right or not. If you are stumped by a problem, there is no source for finding out how to do it. You end up with a book that has a lot of text but very little usable practice in doing problems. The publisher provides the problem solutions - but ONLY to instructors. If you are trying to learn this material on your own, the publisher WON'T sell you the solution manual. Without the ability to do problems and check your answers the book becomes just about worthless.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

The reviews for "HTML & XHTML" by Musciano and Kennedy are already overwhelmingly positive (save a few disgruntled readers here and there). I can see why readers heap so much praise upon this book. The author's intent is to show the reader how to write clean HTML, arguing that since web surfers can always change their browsers' appearance settings, content is still more important than style. I am a rookie at making web pages, yet after tinkering with HTML for a few days, I had already found myself thumbing through the book for reference.
I am not a programmer, and I think novices could still appreciate this book. However, I *strongly* recommend that potential readers have some exposure to HTML and understand how it works before purchasing. (Check out Jennifer Niederst's excellent "Learning Web Design" if you need a tutorial on the Internet and HTML.) In any case, the book is mainly geared towards experienced programmers, but I honestly believe that anyone can get the most out of this book if they are willing to experiment with HTML continually through trial and error.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Designer's Guide to VHDL
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter J. Ashenden
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best VHDL book for computer scientists!

Tired of rummaging through numerous VHDL books to find information on how to model computer architectures, processors, and pipeline architectures? Look no further, this one has it all! Easy to read, follow... to the point! Plenty of good examples! The included VHDL simulation software from FTL is a welcomed plus for students wanting to test their designs on their home pc before running them under some school simulator.Nice job! Now, if someone could write a decent computer science graduate level book on Algorithm Design and Analysis...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Pro Training Series: Shake 3
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Marco Paolini
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
good book good publisher

When you know nothing about shake, you will get to know something about everything shake has to offer. The author doesn't dwell on his favorite topics, but gives a broad insight on the tricks of the trade. What variables are there and thru which parameters they can be ajusted to create the effect you are looking for. Whether it is compositing, keying, painting, animating or everything together. The author doesn't show off his knowledge and keeps you alert, at times, with his sense of humorPlace yourself behind your mac, install the shake demo that comes with the book and tell your family and friends that you will be away for an exiting trip, for some time. With the book as a guide and your creativity, curiosity and courage to step off the path, and experiment, you will figure Shake out to great extent.