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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Does a good job

Thought it worth putting my thoughts down as I've heard some stories of people slagging this book off.
If you're a hardened AE user you might find the book a little straightforward but for me, working with AE for about two years, in a limited way I find it incredibly useful.
The explanations of processes, and how to get the best out of the software are invaluable and a far easier read than the manuals. Now I admit I'm the sort of person that uses software before reading manuals but that comes from experience of knowing that manuals don't tell you everything about the software and are written for people who have the ability to combined individual techniques together without furtehr explanation.
I'm not like that and having had the book some three weeks or so have used it several times to enhance my work and understand what's going on.
In short, it may cost a bit but that's par for the course with these things, its a good read, and incredibly useful for both novice and intermediate users

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A completely different tool

Expect is completely unlike any other tool I have ever used. Think of any language you've used and how long it would take to: write a program that can update 1000 user passwords on 20 different machines; make two chess programs play each other; connect two users to the same shell program and type at the same time; allow you to rewrite the command arguments to any command line tool?
Expect really does make all these things trivial. It takes a lot of patience to master this tool though; Tcl is a very unforgiving and terse language. I've done things in Expect that I never thought were possible: I scripted Minicom (a modem term program that uses ncurses) to answer a phone after 7 seconds, and either: receive a zmodem file or send a login prompt. Then hang up the modem and wait again. Try that in a shell or systems language!
It's unfortunate that Expect is such a radically different beast and takes so long to understand; every person running regression tests or doing systems administration will benefit from this book. While it may not be great for just "looking up" things, search Usenet for all of the author's posts (comp.lang.tcl) and his answer is almost always, "This is on page XXX of the book." Because the book really does cover everything Expect does!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only reference book you need

Don't even try this book if you're still into basics of C++, but if you're a seasoned programmer, this is the only C++ reference required.
Everything is crisp and to the point. Stroustrup doesn't waste time repeating information. So, be prepared to read between the lines as well !

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide (CCNA Self-Study, 640-811, 640-801), Fourth Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I passed in 1 month from 0 level

Hi there,I am quite new in networking. I bought a CCNA book and had big fights with it. Hardly read 20 pages. While about to loose my hope to learn something, wanted to try again with Wendell Odom's CCNA Intro and ICND books. Well, I read every single line. Both books are so easy to follow, friendly and helpful. I sent an email to autor about one of the questions on the first chapter, and got a reply same day :) I am impressed !!!
I got my CCNA in 1 month, feel much better now, and guess what, I just realized, I am so close to get CCNP!!! I am enjoying to learn and gain confidence with my new skills. Thanks Wendell Odom. I wonder if the author has any CCNP books... Good luck everybody.