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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Dan Margulis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably the best book available for PS color correction


As a professional photoshop user I own many books on the subject of Photoshop color correction and retouching. I have all of Dan's books along with many more from many other authors. Professional Photoshop is by far the best book available on how to get accurate results out of Photoshop images and onto paper. It is heavily oriented toward print output, and it doesn't spend any time on special effects. It merely takes you through the intricacies of making a color photograph look the best it can. Believe me, that is hard enough.
Dan is especially strong in "by the numbers" color correction, which simply means showing how to evaluate an image by color values in certain areas, and then changing those values to get great results. This is necessary to get predictable and consistant results: the mark of a true professional.
Another true strength of this book is its demonstration of using all color spaces to, as much as possible, make global corrections to an image and avoid time-consuming selections.
This is a book for practical, hands-on color correction. Theory is presented only if it has proven effective, there's no spin here. Dan is a master and his book is a masterpiece. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C by Dissection: The Essentials of C Programming (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Al Kelley, Ira Pohl
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste your time.


This book is nearly useless to anyone trying to learn C. All 16 students in my C class were unanimous in our dislike of this book. It may be OK if you already are trained in programming C, but it was confusing and caused the sales of other books to go up as we searched for a good manual on C.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: STL Tutorial and Reference Guide: C++ Programming with the Standard Template Library (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David R. Musser, Gillmer J. Derge, Atul Saini
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent overview and introduction


I found this to be a wunnerful book given that I wasn't very experienced using STL when I read it. It provided the necessary hooks for me to make better sense out of the two extremes on the continuum (see two references below). The reference section could be arranged more usefully, but this is a minor carp. I highly recommend this one for folks trying to get their minds around STL. This is an accessible cover-to-cover read.
Gotta qualify the numerical rating. I consider this a 10 for the non-expert STL audience trying to understand STL. Probably more of a 6 for experienced users who are more interested in reference manuals.
I find that as I get more and more familiar with STL, I look more and more frequently at the two books below. However, these books are now vastly more useful after reading "the STL Tutorial and Reference Guide".
"The STL <Primer>" by Glass and Schuchert. Excellent brief synopsis of the interfaces, not much supporting detail but very handy. I reach for this one first when I want to use something in STL. If I need more details, I look in...
"C++ Programmer's guide to the Standard Template Library" by Mark Nelson, very detailed in its treatment of most *all* of the parts of STL. Thick, but something that provides all the details has to be.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!


I bought this book after looking at several others. I read 150 pages in the first day alone. Excellent resource! I've been using excel for three years now and finally decided to take my knowledge regarding excel to the next level. I chose the correct book to help me do so. Walkenbach is called "Mr. Spreadsheet" for a reason. He knows what he is talking about. There is no fluff or filler in this book. Every page is packed with valuable information. I recomend this book over other Excel VBA books I have looked at. Very well done. The CD is also a great resource.