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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors: Susan Hansche, John Berti, Chris Hare
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Absolute HOG.

I blindly purchased this book thinking, "its the official guide it should be decent" and boy was I surprised. The book is absolutely terrible. It's as if the three authors independently just threw their own thoughts into each chapter without even consulting each other.

The first chapter is absolutely shocking, you cant tell which paragraph belongs to which section making it impossible to learn the material. The authors use about 6 different types of heading styles without any form of numbering so you cant tell what belongs where. The concepts in the first chapter are all muddled up and spread out throughout the entire chapter making it very difficult to link or make any common sense out of the material. Maybe to someone who has already learnt the material from another source like the well organized Shon Harris Book "All in one CISSP Certification" you can THINK about reading this hog but even then I would save myself the 60 bucks.
I am sure the authors have a great knowledge of the subject pity they have no idea about writing a book or at least laying one out in a manner that is useful to others.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth twice the price!

Oh, if only all of my clients had their own copy of this wonderful little book! Not only does Ms. Williams clearly and lightheartedly explain basic design tenets, but she also explains to the more digitally-challenged how to apply those rules in the most common graphic design layout programs. With the proliferation of computers and desktop publishing programs, it's easy for anyone to think they can design. With the help of this book, they have a much better chance of getting it right.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe GoLive CS Classroom in a Book, Revised Edition (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Totally aggravating

This book is the latest incarnation of the famous Adobe "Classroom In A Book" series. It appears to be a rather large rewrite of the prior version of the book from GoLive 6.0.
Initially impressive, this book suffers from a wealth of typos and operational problems within the first few pages of actual tutorial.
For instance:
On page 14 (Creating a new design diagram), there is no option called "New Design Diagram", rather, it is merely "New Diagram" (#1).
On page 15, the icon describing "Diagram Set" is drawn with straight lines (like the "Site Items" icon) rather than with curved lines (#5).
On page 17, the option "Canvas As Single Page" is spelled wrong. It is "Canvas Is Single Page" (#13).
On page 18, I do not get any sort of "black line" (as mentioned) showing up on any side of the "Main" page icon. Also, the in-text icon for the Diagram Set is wrong again (#2).
On pages 18-19, I cannot get any arrows to automatically add connections to the two Section icons I've pulled over and below the "Main" page icon on my Design tab of the Design window (as shown). Instead, the two boxes simply sit there (#5). However, I can get the correct effect by right-clicking on the "Main" box, selecting "New" then "Child" and then right-clicking on the "No Name" page and converting it to a section.
I have only read to page 19.
These typos are rather minor, but I am concerned I will continue to run into similar or more serious problems.
This is an early review for the explicit purpose of warning people before purchase. Unfortunately, it is the only book on GoLive CS at this time. Should the rest miraculously be without problem, would truly suffice for learning the program, though. I would have expected better from Adobe and PeachPit Press.
Oddly, Adobe Press hasn't posted an addendum on its site, so I guess I'm the first to notice the problems. The book has been out since earlier this week (Dec 12).
[UPDATE: There are more than two dozen such problems throughout the first chapter alone. I am reducing my 3-star rating to 2-stars. Use this book at your own risk!]

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Doesn't quite live up to its title ...

You have to wonder when the author states in the preface ..."I spent more time developing the examples on the CD_ROM than I did writing chapters" ... and it shows. Information seems to be somewhat scattered. In an 850 page book on "power programming with VBA", it takes more than 100 pages before the author really gets into VBA. The author recommends using comments in code, but many examples lack sufficient comments which would greatly aid the reader. The author also recommends using OPTION EXPLICIT (which requires the user to declare variable types), but variables are undefined in many examples which makes the examples more difficult to understand. The author does not recommend (and does not use) prefixes on variable names to identify types. This variable naming convention, which is widely used, would also make his examples more understandable.In my opinion, several chapters appear out of place. The chapter on reading/writing text files, which appears at the end of the book, should be covered much earlier. The chapter on class modules is the second last chapter even though the author uses class modules in the examples in at least 4 previous chapters. The author states that "complete coverage" of class modules is beyond the scope of the book, but fails to explain some concepts used in the class modules in the prior chapters.The Power Utility Pak included on the CD-ROM is a demo version for Excel 97 with many features non-operational. The book does includes a coupon for a FREE copy of Power Pak 2000 ... but it will cost you S&H.Although the book has relatively few errors, the errors I have detected and submitted to the author have apparently "fallen on deaf ears" and have not been published on the author's website for the benefit of other readers.I think the author should have spent more time making the content of the book match the title of the book. The majority of the book deals with Excel 97 material. Very little information in this book is specific to Excel 2000. In my opinion the book should be rated for a reader level of "Beginner to Intermediate" rather than "Intermediate to Advanced". At least 100 pages of "boiler plate stuff" should be eliminated and replaced with "advanced stuff".NEVERTHELESS, despite all my criticisms ... Good Excel books at the intermediate/advanced level are hard to find. Readers can obtain valuable information by reading the text and carefully following the author's examples in both the book and on the CD-ROM.