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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not the best choice for photographers

This book is really like being in a classroom only better because you can stop and start anytime you want. The purpose of the book is to teach you how to use Photoshop 7.0 for the graphics portion of your website design (both Mac and Windows) using a tutorial style approach. There are 18 lessons with all lesson files included in the CD that comes with the book. These lessons range from the very basic topics like the Photoshop Work Area and Basic Photo Corrections to the very advanced topics like Interactive Slices and Rollovers (advanced at least for the beginner). I am not an advanced user so I am mostly speaking from a beginner perspective.
Each lesson is very easy to follow and even though all the lessons are in black and white, it doesn't matter if you are following along on your computer as you read the instructions (since we all have color monitors). At the end of each lesson, there is a review question and answer section. This was a refreshing change for me to see a book actually give the answers to the review questions. Most other books I have seen just have the review questions or exercises and don't bother to explain the answers. There are about 15 pages at the end of Lesson 1 in full color and cover all 18 lessons. I don't quite follow the logic for doing it this way but it didn't interfere with my learning.
Each chapter will probably take a couple of hours to work through if you are a beginner but you will likely become an Intermediate level user if you work through all the lessons. A very unique book and definitely worth buying if you want to learn how to use Photoshop 7.0 for your graphics design. I was so impressed that I went and bought other books from this Classroom in a Book series. But I must say that this one is still the best book in the series. Enjoy this creative endeavor!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Office Access 2003 (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rick Dobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Book for Breaking into VBA

This is an excellent book for learning how to write VBA in Access. I liked this book because:

1. It was easy to understand
2. Has lots of code examples

I noticed that some others have had problems getting the online content, so I wanted to share my experience. To get the online content:

1. http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/6768.asp (This is the URL listed on page XXI in the book and seemed to work fine for me)
2. On the right-hand side of the screen, in the "More Information" box, click on the "Companion Content" link.
3. You'll be redirected to another page for the book, just click on the "Download the book's sample and demo files."
4. Click the "Save" button to save the .EXE file to your computer (if you trust Microsoft Press, I did).
5. And then simply run the EXE by double-clicking on it and you'll have all of the demo and samples for the book!

Also, be sure to check out the Authors website at www.programmingmsaccess.com, as this site is also very helpful! Good luck and happy programming!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Without a doubt the most useful Perl book in my library

In my opinion, the best Perl book from O'Reilly since the original "purple Camel." A must-have (or very nearly so) for anyone gaining proficiency in the language. I haven't studied it thoroughly enough to comment on the frequency of typos and other errors, but my overall impression is extremely favorable, and I'm pretty hard to please. :-) My only complaint is that it's another one of those books that is just too darn thick. But otherwise, good work indeed!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in Ada 95 (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Barnes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding book for Ada practitioners.

This is truly a classic in its field. I have read the negative reviews and note that they seem to come from unhappy students. Such readers would be best directed to an appropriate student textbook such as Feldman & Kaufman, also available on amazon.com.
Professional software developers should own this book.