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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Classic Effects: The Essential Effects Every User Needs to Know
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for advanced users!

My first book on Photoshop was one of Scott Kelby's Down and Dirty books. And while it didn't teach me an awful lot about the inner workings of Photoshop, it did get me hooked with a lot really quick and simple "wow, I made this" experiences.

Today I revisited Scott Kelby in the shape of his Photoshop Classic Effects. I must say that was a bit of a disappointment. Not only was there absolutely nothing to learn for this Photoshop user, but the tutorials were more or less updated versions of the old ones in my Down & Dirty book. I suspect Scott Kelby only has this same set of tutorials/effects and more or less reuse them in each of his books. I for one, already have my Scott Kelby book, so I will stay clear of his stuff in the future. It goes without saying that none of these effects are terribly new, or couldn't be found elsewhere on Photoshop tutorial sites on the net.

If you are a brand new to Photoshop or anything below intermediate user, this is still a good book to get, granted the above caveat. Do however realise that it is heavily slanted towards the kinds of work you'd do in advertising, and Photoshop is used in so many other avenues, but if that is your game, then it is a fine book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle by Design (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Kyte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book

This book is a must-have if you work with Oracle for a living. In my day job I work with Oracle and MS SQL. This book makes working with Oracle almost as easy as working with MS. It will teach you how to analyse your system for things that indicate problems and resolve them before they kick you in the behind.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
I liked the previous edition better!

Well, alot of this may be the fact that i'm 13 but, it was very hard to understand until i read a tutorial from webmonkey.com which got me started. I found that the referance section helped me more than the actual book though, so i'd give the referance section 5 stars, the book 3 ;)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A reasonably good book, but not a good text book.

This book seems to just show how well Jackson knows E&M, but does not lead us readers well to know the subject. This book uses more math than physics to introduce the concepts and sometimes the math used has not been presented clearly and vigorously enough for the readers to follow. Our class used this book as a text book and many of us winded up buying many other books just to find out what the heck Jackson's book is talking about. If you already know E&M theory very well, you might appreciate the breadth and depth of this book. But if you do not know the subject very well to begin with, look somewhere else for the book(s) you plan to follow.