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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
The CIB is not the best first book on Photoshop

For the price of a boxed Photoshop CS, the Classroom In a Book (CIB) for Photoshop CS should have been included as a free guide inside the box. While it teaches the basics of photoshop cs, the writing of the CIB is really devoid of style and humor. It makes for a passable alternate user's manual. (That's because the Photoshop CS Visual Quickstart Guide does a much better job of getting to the point.) If you are just beginning the CIB for Photoshop CS might be a useful introduction. Just be aware you have other, much better PS CS Guides.

It is so easy to get frustrated in Photoshop and to give up on this amazing piece of software if you start learning it with the wrong tools. "Wrong" is of course relative and so as far as Im concerned, the CIB is not the ideal first book on Photoshop to use.

Get yourself a lively, entertaining book on the subject. Instead of the CIB, I highly recommend the clear, and fast-paced Teach Yourself Photoshop CS in 24 Hours, and the highly entertaining, well organized Photoshop CS for Dummies (get the 10-books-in-one version!)

When you've learned the ropes you can go on to more advanced techniques using Photoshop CS Artistry or Real World Adobe Photoshop CS.

Just remember your FIRST book on Photoshop will set the "color and texture" of your own feelings towards the software. It can spell the difference between starting right or getting frustrated in Photoshop! Therefore it's best if you can browse the contents of the books yourself to see which really feels right for you before you buy it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Programming by Example : The Fundamentals
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great intro to portable Unix systems programming!

This is a great introduction to Unix systems programming.I like the way concepts are illustrated with code from widelyused programs, along with good tips on portability. The sectionson directory traversal and signals were particularly relevant tosome of my work. Fine writing!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Development with Ant
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Steve Loughran
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Nice if you already know ant -

The developers of Ant exude an energy similar to avid Perl users, a belief in one tool that can do anything and everything. Ant is an integration tool that supports building and testing Java code, and deploying web applications, all through the use of XML-driven scripts.
On the way to discussing those topics, the authors cover quite a lot more territory. A few other web-development tools that work well with Ant are described, as are some best practices towards good code design and good maintenance and testing techniques.
And life-giving Ant is in the middle of all of it! Actually I suppose that's a good thing, but I'd rather be led there and given something to understand, not just given a set of XML tags to plug in and prosper with.
It seems a bit wild to focus on such a subtle point in such a well-received book, but more and more my job is getting to reduced to mastering the grammar of yet another DTD, and it sucks the fun out of what I'm doing. What I like about the short books on make is that there are things left to the reader to work out for himself, and that leads to a better understanding of the tool. Here we have a guide that seems to leave nothing to the imagination; perfect for drones.
I'd prefer it if the authors spent a little more time elaborating on the standard Ant documentation; it could use some highlighting here and there. It's informative on the dry side, but judging by other comments that's what everyone wanted from this book.

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
Excellent for Beginner

This is the book that I first learned computer programming off of. I always wanted to know how people made games so I asked my mom, who works with computers. She said people wrote software. I said I wanted to learn how to write software and she took me to the book store and "Beginning Programming For Dummies" is what we bought. This book laid down an excellent foundation for the skills I developed in the future. Some people didn't like it, some did. Every book is going to have some errors in it somewhere; humans aren't perfect. The things I like about this book is that it stresses clean structure of code, something VERY important when it comes to programming. It also stresses more on concepts rather than technical details with the programming language, which is more important. Even though this book uses Liberty Basic, all of the concepts taught are useful with all other programming languages, even C, C++, and assembly. You can't go wrong with this book.