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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Mediocre footstool; Horrible ref book

The book is too thin to be a good footstool but that's just about the only useful use. The book is so far out of date it is surprising it is still in print. I wouldn't use it even if I got it free and I did. I recommend Liz Castro's HTML book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
When you can't do it with GUI then use Shell Scripting.

This is an excellent book. To my knowlege the last time Microsoft properly documented their Batch processing was when they released MS-DOS Ver 5.0. Thank you Tim for doing Microsoft's job. If you are a network administrator or use MSVC++ 6.0 and have many projects to compile in batch mode then this book is for you. Not mentioned in the book is where to download the scripts from the WEB. You can get it at: (...)

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: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not an especially good reference or tutorial

I originally learned STL from this book, but found it to be considerably more tedious than most other books on programming I have used. The learning process was simply more painful than it had to be. In addition, it is not an especially good reference in my humble opinion. Even though I have gone on to use STL extensively in my C++ programming, I still find it unnecessarily difficult to get the information I want out of this book when I've forgotten or overlooked some detail about STL.
I have lent this book to several other engineers and programmers in my company, and have generally received unenthusiastic responses when they returned the book. Most of the people who borrowed this book returned it and purchased a different book for themselves.
In summary, although this isn't a terrible book, I do not recommend it. I agree with an earlier review that there must be better out there. My fellow programmers who borrowed this book and then bought a different one for themselves certainly seem to think so.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book, Easy Read

This book by Scott Kelby is a full color book that basically teaches how to digitally work on digital photos within Photoshop. The book has very nice color pages and the material is easy to read and understand. The only complaint that I have about the book is that a lot of the tips within the book are the same tips. The main thing different about them is the procedure that you use to get there. I would not recommend this book for an advanced Photoshop user, but I highly recommend it for someone new to Photoshop.