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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition
Publisher: SAS Publishing
Authors: Lora D. Delwiche, Susan J. Slaughter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for tackling the SAS monster

SAS seems so hudge that you really don't know where to start. I am definitively an newcomer to SAS and this was really what I expected. It is build very logically and anticipates all my questions (how do I use the interface, how do I load data, how do I work with them, etc). I gives just enough info for you to be able to dig and understand the help files if needed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth Every Penny and Then Some!!!

I had been playing around a little in Photoshop Elements for a few months and then took advantage of a GREAT upgrade price to Photoshop CS. I had read where others used CS and LOVED the curves feature and actions... all these things and while I was trying to figure out what made them great, I was not getting the professional results I wanted.
I opened this book and immediately did some incredible stuff in Photoshop CS and I am basically new to the program. He has a great writing style...does not bore you with the stuff that bogs you down in other books to the point you feel like you aren't getting anywhere. He gives you initial settings so you can see fast results then teaches you how to customize if you want to go there.
Just a great book!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Colin Smith, Colin Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Top of the line...

I must say, after I got PSCS I was looking for "That Book". I Noticed that Colin Smith had released his version on PSCS and I had to have it. I read the book from cover to cover and I must say Colin makes things very easy while reading the book. I have been in Graphic designs for almost 10 years now and upgrading to CS was the best thing I did, and now that I have the book things are easier..thanx Colin for making things less complicating :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Anne Prince
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent first book for transitioning from VB6 to VB.NET

I just passed my Microsoft MCSE and MCDBA certifications and am studying for the MCSD.NET (covering VB.NET, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, and XML Web Services). While studying for my MCDBA I read Murach's SQL for SQL Server and was very impressed. So I bought Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET, Murach's VB.NET Database Programming with ADO .NET, and Murach's ASP.NET Web Programming with VB.NET.
I was very impressed with Murach's Visual Basic .NET. The book focuses on building Windows forms applications with light coverage of XML, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, and web services.
I liked the book because it delivers content in bite sized chunks (the 2 page Murach style). Most of the book focuses on building an application that covers the situations most VB.NET developers will face: forms design, classes, exception handling, database access, reading and writing XML files, and reading and writing text/binary files. The format is concept => example => hands on exercise. Concepts are introduced in a logical fashion. Terms are not used before they are defined.
The book does a great job weeding through all the .NET possibilities and highlighting what's useful. As an example, to paraphraze page 446: there are 150 XML classes but at least know these 2; and, this XML class has 27 Write methods but at least know these 6.
Anne Prince writes good tight VB.NET code that serves as good examples for developers new to VB.NET.
The book may also be good for someone brand new to Visual Basic. However, it would be a good idea to first get some background on programming in general, object oriented programming, HTML, and XML before reading this book.