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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Dry as Gin

My graduate compiler class used this book. I hated it. The book is dry and seems to be disorganized to the untrained eye. Many of the examples are either incomplete or the bare min.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

Well, considering that I'm a computer science major, i figure that I know a great deal about programming and the such. However, I found this book to be simply incomprehensible. I've never wasted more time than I did trying to read this book. Worse than its failed attempts at instruction are its failed attempts at humor to "liven up" its instruction. After taking my class, i burnt this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 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
A good introduction to Elements 3.

This book is in the same class as Scott Kelby's Photoshop Elements 3 book. They are good introductory books. Both offer step by step instructions for using the program. Kelby's book offers more techniques (e.g., replacing red eye with a color and straightening crooked pictures are just two examples) but little background information about the techniques. On the other hand, this book tells you how to do something and gives extensive information about why you are doing it. The techniques it doesn't cover that Kelby does are available through the Help system. Like Kelby, this Adobe book ignores Mac users but as someone said about the Kelby book, Mac users can work through this book without too much trouble. Mostly just ignore any mention of the Photo Organizer. The included CD has all of the pictures needed to work the exercises. The two-column layout in the Kelby book is a bit easier to work through than the full page layout in this book. However, the background information given in this book is a great selling point. You can't go wrong with either book but you don't need them both. Your choice is lots of techniques but little explanatory text (Kelby) or fewer techniques but lots of background information (Adobe).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Certification Library (CCNA Self-Study, exam #640-801)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Solid Start

Yes there are a few typos etc but unfortunately not even the spell checkers can spell any longer. Taken with another source (Sybex CCNA Study Guide 4th Edition) and hands on or Simulator experience then you have a good start. On the whole recommended without reserve.