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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Review: Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual


The slogan of the Missing Manual series is "The book that should have been in the box" and Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual lives up to the series' reputation. Macromedia wouldn't want to ship this book with the software because it's a doorstop at 800 pages. Imagine what it would do to the packaging and the pricing of the already expensive software.
One itsy bitsy negative, but this book is not the only one avoiding it. Dreamweaver's help file doesn't cover it and neither does the forum on Macromedia's Web site. There is a feature called download stats listing the size of the file and the time it would take to download it. At what speed? 56k? T1? What? I would assume 56k, but assumptions are not reliable.
At 800 pages, you can expect all the features to be covered through step-by-step instructions, notes, and screen shots. The hard core stuff like building dynamic Web pages, working with databases, and using server programming within Dreamweaver are all there for those ready for a challenge.
McFarland goes the extra mile to note differences between computer systems (Mac vs. PCs) and browsers (compatibility). Looking at the table of contents is proof of the book's completeness and all I need to do is attest to its readability. First timers to creating a Web site or to Dreamweaver as well as owners of earlier versions will gain plenty of knowledge from this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good, but very flawed


Rating this book is tremendously hard for me for several reasons.First of all, before reading this book i read "Introducing Microsoft .NET" by David S. Plat which was an overwhelming joy to read, well, as joyful as a book can be to read, anyways. When reading this book after that it became painfully obvious to me that Tom Archer isnt much of an author, he is a programmer, at best. Some chapters are, as others have mentioned, very very simple, at the virge of boring and seems to be aimed at the computer-illiterate-kind-of-programmers, while other chapters, such as the "attributes" chapter was insanely weird and didnt make any sense at all. I concider myself quite skillful in programming technique but I'm lost when Tom Archer tries to guide me into domains Im not already familiar with. Im not even sure if Tom Archer himself is very sure of things.
Also, the book was very poorly edited, there are countless examples where he says the code does one thing and yeah, it does, almost, or nearly. A lot of the times the names of classes, methods and variables in the code does not entirely match the comments about the code. It makes the whole experience of reading this book an unsafe journey, whenever you find something hard to understand or even find something just slightly odd you cant be sure this isnt another misprint or just a really bad explanation.
Why the 4 stars then? Well, i think the book is a very good book if you can spot the authors mistakes. If not well then stay away from it, seriously. But i wouldnt say it goes "inside" the language by any measure..



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I don't believe it


This book is very well written for the lay person to intermediate user. It explains concepts in a clear and concise manner for non programmers but still packing in lots of important and relevant information. The examples are both conceptually useful as well as attractive for the graphic design audience.
This is not your typical "look what i did with Flash, Ma" I'll explain what i did without really imparting any knowledge to the reader. This really outlines concepts and programming techniques for the intermediate user.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Entry level.


Nothing really earth-shaking is this book, basically a primer to C# (at times, it seems like a primer to programming althgether). I think the title may be a little misleading.