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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Mastering Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series)
Publisher: Artistpro
Authors: Bobby Owsinski, Sally Englefried
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Interesting read, but out of date and not very helpful


This book does not outline the steps involved in the mastering process. It is just some interviews with different mastering engineers. Instead of talking about how they go about mastering a project or what they listen for, they brag about their cool customized gear and how little signal processing goes between the source and the final output. Yet at the same time saying how much they are improving the sound.
You get the history of mastering.You get how they schedule their day.
I was hoping for more of a real "handbook".



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development with SCRUM
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Why you've been using the wrong process control model


If you've survived software projects that have gone schizophrenic after doing a lot of up-front planning, you may find that chapters 2 and 5 are worth the price of the book. Those chapters compare two process control models: the "defined" model, which is the basis for most methodologies, and the "empirical" model, which is the basis for SCRUM. Knowing the difference between these process control models, and their implications when applied to software projects, is essential when trying to understand why so many projects fall apart under pressure, and why Agile techniques, including SCRUM and XP, are improvements on the way we've been doing business.
Ignore the few faults this book has (it could have used a thorough copy-edit pass, illustrations that weren't low-res screen shots, and a complete index), and you'll be rewarded with a book that dense in timely, useful information, with case studies to back the theory up.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
CSS is rocket science


The initial chapters of this book are more difficult to understand than the CSS2 standard, and make CSS seem like rocket science.

They assume you have the vocabulary of a member of the team that wrote the CSS2 standard. I know it is difficult sometimes for a writer to imagine himself as a reader of the book, but this book doesn't even try.

Skip the initial chapters and go right to the reference.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: West's Business Law with Online Research Guide (West's Business Law)
Publisher: South-Western College/West
Authors: Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller, Gaylord A. Jentz, Frank B. Cross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent text book


I am a young entrepreneur. I took an introductory business law class to better understand the legal environment, and to avoid or at least minimize possible legal business problems. I found this text book very helpful. The language is simple & clear enough to understand as I didn't have any law background. I especially like the glossary and the index, it was very convenient helping me locate any terms or topics fast. Concept summaries at the end of each chapter was great. They have relevant recent and historic cases throughout the text. I will definitely keep this as reference. I receommend this book for anybody who wants an introduction in business law.