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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Hands-On Training (Hands on Training (H.O.T))
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Rosanna Yeung
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
spanktacular


so far I am glas i did not spend the money on an other class, save you mony use the book, all you need is some motivation. the exersizes are fun, there are no missing steps, everything is thoroughly explains, the lay out is consistantly through the entire book, so you do not have to relearn how to use the book every chapter, as a matter of fact, I used the PhotoShop and ImageReady for the Web, and Dreamweaver befor, and the lay out is the same there too.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easily understood intro to QED


Richard Feynman, along with Schwinger and Tomonaga, won Nobel prizes in the 1960's for their development of quantum electrodynamics (QED). In this book, Feynman attempts to bring this esoteric field down to the layman's level and succeeds as usual. The chapters in the book are taken from lectures he presented to a largely nonscientific audience, but the material is not dumbed down. Of course, many of the details are left out since only years of study can provide a true understanding of the theory, but Feynman presents his lectures in such a way that only a reasonable amount of thought is needed to appreciate the basics of QED.
"The Strange Theory of Light and Matter" is an entirely appropriate subtitle to a book that attempts to explain the theory behind phenomena that escape our everyday experience and intuition. QED is arguably the most successful scientific theory in existence. Its predictions have correlated extraordinarily well with experiment although "prediction" in the QED sense is not what we are generally used to. The quantum world is inherently probabilistic. There are certain things we just cannot "know." We cannot predict which photons will reflect of a glass surface, but with QED, we can at least accurately calculate the percentage of photons that do reflect. That's just one of the results of QED that Feynman attempts to explain, and he does so in a very straightforward fashion.
Feynman never insults the intelligence of his audience by pretending that the basics of QED are beyond its grasp, but instead repeatedly insists that no one really understands QED, but that should not prevent anyone from appreciating some of its results. With this attitude, Feynman explains the basics of partial reflection, particle interactions, and the discoveries of new particles, and he does all this through numerous figures and analogies rather than mathematical equations.
Richard Feynman was not your ordinary physicist. He was a physicist's physicist and a great teacher (read James Gleick's bio of Feynman called Genius). His teaching abilities are in full display in this book as he is able to bring an incredibly strange theory down to the average reader's level. I highly recommend this book. It will tax your thinking abilities but will never insult them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
what a good book


This book is simply the best among the currently available MCAD/MCSD books. Not only it prepares you for the certification but also it will let you know the detils of C# in VS.NET. So you can actually use it to learn C#(assuming you already know Java). I specially found the "step by step"s very helpful.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft .NET Distributed Applications: Integrating XML Web Services and .NET Remoting
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have for a serious developer!


This book is absolutely one of the best materials i have read that is written for an intermediate level. I think the author does a great job at explaining things and providing "real life" examples.
One such thing that struck me was his explanation of "business objects" in Chapter 10 and giving a real life example of it, including the disadvantages and the alternative solutions. (You should know that there are several red books out there that deal purely about business objects but just beat around the bush hardly providing anything useful!). In other words straight forward information without buzz words or hype.
Good examples of Threads and ThreadPools. Information that you can use in a multi-threaded application and not some superficial exposure.
Great remoting coverage including the crucial examples of how to use interfaces.
Bottom line: Buy It!