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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Vba and Macros for Microsoft Excel (Business Solutions)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Bill Jelen, Tracy Syrstad
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent VBA Resource, and I've seen them all!

I have never been able to grasp the concepts of VBA. I believe in VBA and its ability to supercharge Office applications, but could never seem to learn even Excel VBA, which is supposed to be the easiest. This is the first book I've read (yes, I've read the Romans and the Walkenbachs) that made any sense to me at all. Too many books approach VBA as if you have already learned how to code in other programs. I came to VBA from the Office user side of things. I don't have that *programming* brain required to pick up VBA easily. So this book has been a godsend. While I've only read about half the book so far, so many things that escaped me are finally falling into place. Thanks very much to Bill and Tracy for a terrific VBA resource!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Programming for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wally Wang, Wallace Wang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
good for beginners

This is a very good book for beginners to programming - more specifically qbasic. Qbasic is good because it is free, so if you decide you don't like programming or are no good at it you haven't wasted hundreds of pounds. The book itself explains most of the key features of Qbasic, though only the ones which you need to get started, and there are loads which it doesn't explain. However, with that book I got started on programming, and it is very good and clearly written.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Deke McClelland, Galen Fott
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Dumb Enough

I am a true beginner regarding Photoshop. I was told I could edit my digital photos by using this program and that I could be helped in the process by reading this book. I thought I would get an explanation as to what the artistic possibilites were and how the techniques could be executed via the computer. I am on p. 127 and not able as yet to use much of the information to edit a picture. The author informs about what buttons to click regarding a certain aspect of the program, but he does not offer useful information as to how you can practically use a technique. For instance, I still do not know how to use the color palette even though McClelland explains to you about how to access it. The author also assume a level of computer vocabulary/knowledge. I am a real dummy regarding computers so the explanations are not helpful. The jokes are annoying. I am very frustrated and disappointed by this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good... for what it is

If you are a total beginner, this is the book for you. The author explains the concepts in excellent detail. If you're not too familiar with what is covered on the A+ you will be after reading this. That said, if you already have some experience in the field this book tends to seem long winded and boring. My recommendation would be to take a look at the A+ outlines on cramsession.com (there's an online version you can check out for free) and then if you feel like you need to go over anything, pick up this book.
The other thing I found very useful was the CD that comes with it. It has a lot of practice tests with questions that closely mirror what is actually on the A+ test. It's great practice (especially the "adaptive" version that acts like the real test). If you can consistently pass these you're sure to pass the A+.
Overall a good buy.