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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A to Y


Clear ideas + Concept + instruction. Easy to understand and practice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Only if you don't want to learn the VS.NET interface


I was excited to get this book, since the Wrox books have been going down hill. I was disappointed to see that it teaches you all of the syntax in notepad, which is partly my fault, since I didn't have time to look far enough into the book to see that. I was expecting a book to show me how to develop ASP.NET pages in the Visual Studio .NET environment. Sure, you can code ASP.NET in notepad, but if you have a tool that does the repitious code for you, why use notepad? I work in a place where you have to work efficiently, and notepad is the worst way to create ASP.NET pages. I am hoping to take this back and get my money back, but I don't expect it. Anybody want my copy? I have no use for it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!


I have to say, I only started reading this book the other day and already I can see the enormous value of it. Scott certainly knows what he is doing and most importantly knows how to put it on paper. I would recommend this book to any C++ programmer. You can't go wrong with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Explanation of CSS


Though I had a basic knowledge of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), I did not know the full power of them. CSS has the ability to do many things, but basically the strength of it over plain HTML is that you are able to define a "style" to be applied to your whole website. To change the look and feel, you simply change a few lines in your style sheet and your whole site is updated. CSS can be used even if you have a site that consists of just one page.
Eric Meyer's book will put you on your way to using CSS. A basic knowledge of HTML is helpful to understand the first part of the book. He jumps into the book as if this was a sequel to a book he just finished on HTML. He takes for granted that you understand how pages are built.
Typical of many technical books, the information is often repeated so that you can jump into any chapter and get the basic information of how to make it work. That said, I only found one place in the book where he actually tells you how to link to a style sheet. Therefore, you need to read much of the introductory material.
If you have an understanding of CSS and this is going to be a reference work, you will not be disappointed.