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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worst book by Goodman _or_ O'Reilly ever


This is a really useful book, IMO, for developers of all skill levels. The book's strongest point is how it explains how to write for the different kinds of browsers out there...great for site planning! My only complaint is the book doesn't have a code disk or web site--but I wouldn't let this stop me. Bottom line, a really useful book.



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


Since Bjarne Stroustrup created the language C++, he really ought to know what he's talking about. Better than that, though, he also gives a history of the language and rationale for its features. This is not a book which promotes the "latest gimick", Object Oriented Programming, over everything else, he has a section dicussing when and why other design methods are also useful. In short, it's a well-balanced book on the subject. The style manages to walk the fine line between a tutorial for novices and a reference manual; few books I've found manage to do this, but the author is an expert.
An essential book for the serious C++ programmer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential for XMLers and scriptwriters


Dynamic HTML doesn't leave my desk. I get a panic attack if anyone borrows it without asking.
It's divided into four parts - offering definitive information on html4, css, javascript and the html dom.
Although the examples could be slightly fuller, it's particular strengths are:
* browser compatibility * listing all events associated with all elements * listing all methods ditto * listing all properties ditto
For designers interested in code, it's one of those books that they would find useful. For me, an XMLer who converts 1000s of pages at a time and uses dhtml extensively in internet/extranet apps, it's absolutely essentially.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers : Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Mac and PC
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Martin Evening
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Comprehensive book, but step-by-step instructions would help


This is a very comprehensive book. It demonstrates sophisticated Photoshop CS
techniques. I would call myself an advanced beginner in Photoshop PC. While I was able to implement the various techniques described in this book, I would have preferred clearer step by step instructions.

The author buries instructions within the text. Step by step instructions would make the book more user friendly and probably appeal to a broader audience. The contents of the CD which comes with the book was helpful. Some of the "before" and "after" photos used to illustrate the techniques in the book looked pretty similar to me, but they are more distinct looking on the CD. I found installing the CD on my PC a bit glitchy, but that was sorted out after a few tries.

In my opinion, the perfect hybrid CS Photoshop book would cross the sophistication of Martin Evening with the step-by-step instructional style of Scott Kelby.