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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Envisioning Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
worth it for one example alone...

... though there are plenty others in the book that are fascinating.
I flipped open the book just now and arrived at a discussion of whether Maya Ying Lin's Vietnam Memorial should have had the names ordered by date of death or alphabetically. As there were over 600 Smiths who died in Vietnam and 16 James Joneses, an alphabetical listing would have given the memorial the flavor of a telephone directory.
Tufte persuasively argues and demonstrates how graphic design and information presentation affects thinking, decision-making, and emotion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Adobe Has a 5 star version of this product

Adobe makes materials available online to educators that turn this into a 5 star product. Specifically, it has the whole classroom in a book offered in FULL COLOR ONLINE in PDF format that you read on Acrobat Reader 5. There is nothing like being able to look at this material on my 21" screen on my computer monitor in full and complete color and then simply drop down to my taskbar, click on my photoshop button and go there to do what adobe has just given me as an instruction. If you are disciplined, this is an incredibly effective way to learn Photoshop. There is no awkard handling of a physical book to get in your way either. Of course, you need the CD-ROM that goes with the book because that has all the images on it that you need to do the lessons. So what Adobe needs to do is somehow bundle together the CD-ROM, the book and the online PDF version and sell all 3 to the consumer in one bundle. Perhaps one solution would be to produce the physical book in a more economical way as the student will be using it to primarily review text after a long session on the computer monitor. Or perhaps it should sell the PDF and the CD-ROM together and skip the book altogether. If you buy the product as is, it is not 5 stars. It is 4 stars because of the serious problem of all the lessons being shown to you in black and white. Adobe, the leader in image software, does have the perfect learning product for you with Photoshop 7 Classroom in a Book if it only repackages its materials for the consumer. I recommend that you contact Adobe online and ask that it make the PDF version available too. If enough people do so, I think this product will eventually be rebundled.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Deep java programer

thank's to you (Khalid Azim Mughal & Rolf Rasmussen) i juste pass my exam today...this book is not only for certification but it's the basic knowledge for Java progamamer thank's.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The most intellectually beautiful book there is- really!

This book is written for absolutely everyone. I speak as a high schooler when I say that it can be enjoyed at any age- even children could enjoy Hofstadter's "Achilles and Tortoise" dialogues on a literary level. But for anyone interested in both music and the sciences, Godel, Escher, Bach is a profound journey through all realms of knowledge that entices the reader with discussions on everything from Zen Buddhism to molecular biology.What may seem like a digression is then woven back into this "eternal golden braid." Amusing metaphors alternate with chapters on artificial intelligence and how self-reference can either lead to self-destruction or "self-creation" in a sense. In conlcusion, Godel, Escher, Bach is something that everyone should just RUN to buy!!