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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
NOT worth the money!

The book is selling itself as an insider's guide. It's not. Setting aside the fact that the effects taught are really, really cheesy -- and not in that hipster so-cheesy-it's-cool way, either -- there aren't any effects that you couldn't have figured out how to do on your own with a little imagination and a more thorough guide. There aren't even that many effects, period.
There is nothing in this book that you couldn't have figured out from his other book (Adobe Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers). And if you want to do *really* cool stuff with Photoshop, you're going to have to wait for the Real World or Bible book to come out.
Finally, I must say that I was actually offended by the discrepancy between the book's sales blurb and what it really delivers. I thought I was a hardened cynic when it came to publishing hyperbole, but this has set a new low for unkept promises.
I returned my copy today.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Okay if you can get past the Microsoft bashing

I agree that there are lots of unnecessary examples and wayyyyyy too much paper used to make this a great book. I also got very tired, very fast, of all the pointless Microsoft bashing. You could probably save a forest if you took out all the unnecessary pokes and prods at the big M. Stick with O'Reilly texts if you want to learn quickly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Training Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Charles J. Brooks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fast, Effective and In Depth

I would recommend this guide to anyone seeking their A+ certification. Having used this text in a classroom enviroment, I found it to cover all aspects of the A+ core technologies. The book is well written and easy to understand. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Excellent in first part Terrible in second part

What drives me to write my first online review here are frustration and anger. The book makes learning MFC so hard, far harder than it supposes to be. I confessed that when selected the book I overlooked some reviews here: the first part about C++ is well written but the 2nd part about MFC is terribly bad. The reviewers told the truth. I felt that apparently the author didn't know MFC well, so he could not explain it clearly. TO COVER THIS WEAKNESS, COMPLICATED EXAMPLES WERE USED.--This is cheating. Here is a words for the author: why don't you stop at C++ and keep your fame as a best seller author, why do you want to do something out of your ability, so ugly? This book should be cut into two parts and sold seperately as two books, one in C++ the other in MFC. The first book would still be best seller, the other worst seller. I feel sorry to my students for using this book as textbook (for MFC part). Here is a word for potential buyer: don't use this book to start your MFC programming, use Microsoft Mastering Visual C++ instead, which is really excellent. Send me eamil. - Jason CNE, MCP, holder of BSCS and MSCS