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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Eric Evans
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very nice work


Really like this book, and have added it to my essential reading list.

Many of the underlying essential techniques for structuring models are described in a fair amount of detail in the book "Objects, Components, and Frameworks with UML: The Catalysis Approach". In addition that work adds the dimension of "refinement" which is a very useful tool in your domain-driven design toolbox.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Lighting & Rendering
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeremy Birn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing book


I have searched far and wide for a book that explains how to properly light digital scenes, I can say that this book is more perfect than any resource like that I could have conjured in my highest hopes for enlightenment. Not only will it teach you how to light CG environments but explains why to light your scenes a certain way. All the latest lighting tools are explained in a way that does not show favor to any one application, but rather gives you powerful solutions that can be used universally. In short this book teaches you how to control your lighting destiny to make beautiful pictures. In my opinion, a must read for any digital artist of any level.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
gets you half way there


This book is extremely informative when dealing with the core portion of the test. It does have mistakes, I also used Exam Cram, which is more rounded but the dummies book takes the cake for core. DO NOT use this for the DOS Windows portion. This thing doesn't even dedicate more than 3 chapters to it if that. Great for 1/2 the picture. I passed the core, failed the windows, restudied the exam cram for windows, passed. nuff said.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Office 2004 for MacintoshThe Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: Mark Holt Walker, Franklin Tessler, Paul Berkowitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Switcher says:


This is the first book I have read from the Missing Manual Series, and I will look for them in the future. I switched from a PC to a Mac last month and use Office daily. There have been several items I have not been able to figure out in the Office 2004 for Macintosh, but this book has now explained those issues, and introduced previously unknown functions to me. The book assumes one is familiar with Office and targets the changes and upgrades since 2000. This is not a "dummy" book, the five star rating is well deserved in that all concepts are illustrated with screenshots, and explained in prose in great detail. While the book was tedious at times if the material was not new, it was easy to follow when the information was new.
The highlights of the book were the introduction chapter outlining the changes in Office 2004, and the last chapter introducing using Microsoft Office as a Whole with applescripting and the project gallery. I found this book to be helpful to users familiar with PC lingo as well as Mac language. I did not find the usual "Non-Apple bashing" throughout the text, only a few references, but each illustrating the value of a Mac over a PC in this instance of an Office application. There were several examples of how Office 2004 was improved from Office 2003 (PC) and the previous version for Mac.
The new Notebook layout and audio notes were illustrated for student application in Word and the Project Center in Entourage introduces offers space saving ideas for the Mac user. The idea of using Entourage as the Office icon on the dock that allows access to all Office applications, is one improvement I incorporated after reading this book. For users who enjoy Office at home and at work, those who enjoy words just as much as icons, this is the book for you to read. It is a stand alone reference book for those using Office 2004, and a book highlighting the Office applications for those who are considering purchasing Office 2004 for Mac.
The www.missingManual.com is available for those seeking (the missing manual) written information for Office 2004. In each application there are samples illustrating the how-to's of the application, but if it's written words you want, you will have to go to the help files. They are downloadable from the website for printing.