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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Gini Courter, Annette Marquis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Learning and Reference Tool

Mastering Office 2000 is laid out in an extemely organized format for the Novice to Intermediate Office 2000 user. Each section offers helpful tips that will add an edge to your learning experience. As a reference tool, the Table of Contents makes it easy to pinpoint exactly what feature you are looking for. For those who want to learn in a non-office environment at their own pace, Mastering Office 2000 is a user-friendly alternative to spending hours listening to tedious class instruction. Whether you are specifically interested in one Office 2000 application or all, this book details everything you'll need to know to become proficient.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Fritz Onion
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book

This is not only the best ASP.Net book for experienced developers learning ASP.Net, but it is simply one of the best computer books I have read.
If you know how to program then you will breeze through this book while learning all of the basics and advanced basics of ASP.Net.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Lighting & Rendering
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeremy Birn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
By far the best book on this topic: "if you render, buy it."

I recently evaluated several books on this topic for inclusion my spring term reading list, and Jeremy Birn's "Digital Lighting & Rendering" has emerged as the clear winner. I learned a great deal from reading it myself, and am highly recommending it (although not assigning it) to the students in my Advanced Rendering class.
The book has "quality" written all over it: color printing throughout every page, Mr. Birn's own professional 3D renderings illustrate every section with an inspiring attention to detail, and every topic from art theory to the latest rendering algorithms is accurately researched and crisply described.
The book did not include a large number of tutorials or step-by-step projects, but was generously spiced with tips, tricks, and web links that I found immediately useful to my 3D work. The processes of developing professional lighting schemes, color schemes, and cinematic compositions were covered with a depth and thoroughness that has actually helped my concept sketches and oil paintings almost as much as my 3D work!
It was not focused around any specific application software, although I noticed a high-end bias, with examples and screen-shots frequently based in Softimage, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave 3D, and Renderman, although this book could easily be used by any reasonably experienced artist working in Hash Animation Master, POV-Ray, Truespace, or other affordable programs as well - high quality lighting is equally important in any 3D rendering package, and Mr. Birn has beautifully presented everything that a professional 3D artist needs to achieve it. In a sea of weak and mediocre computer graphics publications, this is a shining example of what can happen when an accomplished pro labors to share all of his knowledge - if you are currently creating any 3D renderings, I recommend buying and reading this extraordinary book as soon as possible.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Basic and wide overview for the exam.

The security+ study guide is a book written as an aid to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, an entry level exam. For people new in the security field, it offers a basic and wide overview of common security aspects and principles. For security professionals, the book is not suitable and a disappointment.
For `new' people it might be useful - but be careful! The book contains lots of fluff and should be handled with caution as it contains faults.
Some notes: some chapters are too vague and a real laugh for this exam and offers no essential foundation for the "real world" or the exam (e.g. firewalls, cryptography, SSL, ...) while other chapters are packed with badly written technical explanations at a high rate (e.g. wireless chapter). Also, how are you able to understand important wireless issues when the crypto chapter is positioned after the wireless chapter and doesn't offer almost any decent crypto basis at all?
Basic exercises are weak and might result in a wrong impression or understanding of security oriented actions and terms - that might result in a false sense of security.
The quality of the DVD lectures is very low and a waste of (your valuable study) time. It offers no or little additional value to the book.Also note that the practice test is only available online through the website of Syngress.Review by: Stijn Huyghe (stijn.huyghe@thti.telindus.be).