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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good but not in Deep(hsong99@yahoo.com)


This book is good. It comes with a lot good example code demostrate how to use the swing components. But the author does not talk about more in depth in theory aspect. The book listed constants and methods in a class or a interface. But it does not tell you how to use some of those method. In the book, some of the code just use those method and it doesn't tell why, and those things under. Such as the AbstractAction class.When a user extends a class from this class, the constructor calls super("exit"), but why?
The book is really good if you want to find some swing examples or to have a feel of swing. I would like to give it five stars if it could talk more in theory.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-299): Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network (Pro-Certification)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Tony Northrup, Orin Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exceptional amount of detail


I've been teaching Microsoft operating systems for 14 years and I've used all of the MSPress books, or almost. This is an exceptional book for the ease of the explanations and the step-by-step details provided. Northrup and Thomas explain exactly why you want to do something, then they tell you how to do it. They have step-by-step procedures for configuring a computer individually, using Active Directory, or editing the registy. The thing that I love the best is that they don't assume any prior knowledge of the product like many technical books do. They define each and every term that they use. I hope that this book, and others like it, set a new standard on technical writing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Cut Express 2 Editing Workshop (DV Expert Series)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Tom Wolsky
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Some Benifit, But Ultimately Confusing


Granted, Final Cut Express is a complicated program, but I can't help feeling that these lessons are more confusing than they have to be. For example, I find the author will sometimes embrak on a project without really explaining (in layman's terms) what it is we're about to do. It's almost as if I have to catch up to the point of the lesson. He'll also leave out certain details that might be basic to him, but are not to the novice (like switching back to the "Select" tool before embarking on a certain task.) Conversly, he'll sometimes go into way too much detail about all the different ways one could perform the same function. To be honest, I don't know if I've ever gotten through a whole lesson without being thoroughly confused or just not getting the results I'm supposed to. In short, I just can't help feeling that there is a more consise and logical way to teach this program.
With all that being said however, you can't help but pick up some knowledge as you go through the lessons. For myself, I'd venture to guess I'm retaining about 20%. Which is still 20% more than I knew before I got the book. And because it is organized in a workshop form, you do feel compelled to follow through.
Bottom line: If there's another Final Cut Express workshop book, I'd strongly consider it. If not, it's still not a bad thing to have.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition with CD-ROM and Online Subscription
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
Authors: Merriam-Webster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A very good dictionary, though still a bit quirky


Unlike prescriptive dictionaries such as the American Heritage Dictionary, which rely on self-appointed panels of "experts" to decide what correct usage should be, descriptive dictionaries such as this and Merriam-Webster's Third International try to keep pace with how the language is actually used by speakers. This may explain why the Webster's Collegiate dictionaries have been the standard reference in the American publishing industry for a long time.
This is easily the best dictionary of its class, period. It has an extraordinarily large number of entries and its definitions are concise and easy to understand. The only shortcoming is that there are few example sentences, but this is a necessary tradeoff to keep the size under control. For sheer richness of information it doesn't compare to the New Shorter OED, for example, but then again you can't toss the NSOED into your backpack and take it to school with you. This book is light and compact.
But the thing that really sets this dictionary apart is the CD-ROM. You can search for words using up to 15 different operations, including "rhymes with," "is a cryptogram of," "homophones are," "etymology includes," etc. You can use AND and OR operators to combine the various operations. These search functions are a tremendous asset to anybody who works with words, particularly writers, poets, and songwriters.
And did I mention that you get a free one-year subscription to their online dictionary with your purchase?
This package is a tremendous value for the money and really belongs in every home and office. And I have no doubt that Webster's 11 will continue to be the gold standard in the publishing industry for the foreseeable future.<I> --This text refers to an edition which conatins a CD-ROM. Not all editions of this item contain a CD. Please check the item desription for further information.--</I>