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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Certified Developer Study Guide
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Matt Voerman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not worth the money

If you are preparing for the developer exam this is not the book to buy. I just took the exam and out of 25 chapters in the book, I would say that it references maybe half of them. The sample questions are very misleading also. In fact that is my biggest complaint. They are extremely easy, but when you take the test your mouth will just hang. The first thing in your head will be "This isn't anything like what I was encouraged to study." I would compare it to asking someone to add 2+2=4 and then saying okay now on the test due physics word problems(and I took and passed quantum mechanics in college). If you want to pass the exam you need to learn all the obscure things that never get used in flash and I mean everything.
As far as for learning flash, this book isn't worth the paper it was printed on. That doesn't bother me though because it was meant to be a study guide for the exam. It just doesn't do that. In fact the only thing it does is cost you money. It will not help you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Pro - Administrator's PC)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stanek strikes again

Like most of Stanek's books, this volume is concise, practical, and emminently useful. There have been several "command line" books published previously, but this book is by far the best.
The book contains a quick course in writing .bat files for those not already "in the know." I liked this section for both beginners and old-hands who need to occasionally need to create quick command files and do not need the functionality of a full scripting language.
The various commands are covered in sufficient detail. The command include the basics plus AD commands and commands from MS's website and resource kits.
Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Authors: Roger Penrose
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Amazon Rating System Revealed As Unfair to Good Authors...

I'm sorry, but this book, like his previous forays into the world of cognitive science, is a ludicrous (but readable) attempt by a brilliant mind to find some way around the inescapable facts of materialism. I'm not going to try to defend that position in this review, so take it for what it's worth.
What I do find unfair, however, is that this book receives an average of over 4 stars whilst a competing book, "Consciousness Explained", by Daniel Dennett, receives a mere 3 1/2 stars.
"Consciousness Explained", while having plenty of debatable points, is clearly a serious effort to grapple with the problem of consciousness in a serious way, taking into account real evidence from cognitive science. Penrose's books on the subject, on the other hand, are a form of highbrow escapism.
So, Gentle Buyer, I urge you to beware of popularity contests when judging books on-line...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All the basics, easily accessible.

Elizabeth Castro's HTML For The World Wide Web appears in its 4th edition to provide a fine visual guide to the language. Beginners receive pictures rather than lots of text: all the basics are covered in an easily-accessed format.