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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco CallManager Fundamentals: A Cisco AVVID Solution
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Chris Pearce, Anne Smith, Delon Whetten
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!

This book includes signific in-depth information that I have not been able to find in any Cisco documentation. After reading this book I have gained a much stronger understanding of the inner-workings of the software. Understanding the architecture of the software will help anyone who is installing, designing, administering, or troubleshooting a Cisco IP Telephony network. I highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop® 7 Bible (Bible)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Deke McClelland
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This book is a reference book, not for teaching

I've been reading Deke's books for years. And frankly, they vary widely, from fair (especially when he leaves the chore to a coauthor) to extremely good. Sure, Deke's a pioneer. If it wasn't for him, computer books would all be about word processors and operating systems. But he doesn't always deliver like he could or should.
This time is different. This book is something special:
First, it's completely different than past Photoshop Bibles. ALL the information is new, which is an astounding achievement for an update to a book this size. (I haven't seen the softbound Photoshop 7 Bible, but according to the foreword, the two books share about 300 pages of content, so it doesn't sound like you should get both.)
Second, it does more with less. No 1,200-page tome this time. The Pro Edition is a lean 650 pages, and it uses its pages wisely.
Third, all 650 pages are printed in full color. The print job and paper quality are very fine, something of a first for the Bible. The figures are exquisitely rendered, so you can see everything Deke is talking about.
Fourth and best, the content is extraordinary. It includes information about blend modes, healing, displacement maps, the liquify tool, and much more that I haven't seen anywhere else. (I have nearly a dozen Photoshop 7 books). I don't think I've come across a single page so far that hasn't taught me something I didn't already know. Can't say that about other books.
The title doesn't lie, it really is for professionals. But Deke delivers his high-end info in a simple and charming way that is always crystal clear. He promises the world, and then remarkably, he delivers. If you're an intermediate or advanced user, then I'm guessing this is the Photoshop Bible you've been waiting for.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You're not a programmer...

...unless you've read this book!Simple, quick, to the point, and easy to refer to in the thick of battle. The only C book one ever needs! Ever!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Modeling Essentials, Third Edition (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Graeme Simsion, Graham Witt
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Book with Good Contents

This book presents a new perspective on data modelling. It focuses on the ideas on innovation, creativity and choice in the data modelling process and provides many useful practical examples. It should be read by all serious data modellers who need to be one step ahead of the usual prescriptive approach to data modelling.