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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Less is NOT better.

I've been developing software / designing databases for over 15 years, and while I've known about the problems Alan brings forth in this book, I was unwilling to face them head on. It's always beneficial to read "opposing" viewpoints, but many in the business carefully ignore this opportunity. Alan helps you think differently, sometimes striking a hidden nerve - proof that it's worth reading.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java for the Web with Servlets, JSP, and EJB: A Developer's Guide to J2EE Solutions
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Budi Kurniawan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

Being a developer that was going from C++ and Client-Server toJava and a Thin Client J2EE enviorment this book was a realfind. I have read 3 other books on Enterprise Java Beans that gave me the standard API definition but this book went farther to give examples that showed me how to implement it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Elements 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Don't waste your money if you have version 2 of this book

This book is functionally identical to the one the author put out for version 2 of Photoshop Elements. They changed the example photos, but little else except for a new section on using the Organizer, which is NOT available in the Mac version. Unlike his Photoshop books, where new info and techniques are included in each version, this is just a rehash of the earlier version. Normally, I'm pretty excited to see new books by Kelby, but this experience will cause me to check twice before buying.

If you don't have a good Photoshop Elements book already, this is as good a place to start as any.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C How to Program, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Deitel, Assoc., Deitel, Associates
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

This book first needs better binding glues since it comes apart after a few weeks of heavy usage. When I surveyed other students' textbooks their books suffered the same fate.
Some of the book's examples are difficult to follow along and the explanation usually follow several pages later.
Some of the problems deal with Casino card and dice gambling type problems that some religious students just aren't familiar with and the description in the problems assusme students know all the subtle "ins" and "outs." Also some of the problems take way too long to do.
The glossy paper also isn't necessary. Under typical flourescent lighting conditions, it glares too much, thus reducing book's usage.
At HVCC college CIS department one instructor is actually using another textbook since he too feels strongly that this Deitel book isn't suitable to learn C that easily.
Gerard J. Sagliocca, P.E.gerard_sagliocca@yahoo.com