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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Agree with the rest

I'm going to have to agree with the rest of the comments here. This book was not worth the money. There were so many inconsistencies and just plain wrong information throughout the book, it was pathetic. Actually noticing and finding the right answers to some of the issues may have helped me pass the exam. By the end of the book, I was highlighting all the problems because I knew the material so well. Thank God I used Kim's PMP Study Guide as my must read first or I would have been in trouble!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Reference for planning projects

This books is full of excellent visuals and text that explain each step of the UML in detail. Great for anyone wishing to learn more about software engineering.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Second Edition
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Katrin Eismann, Doug Nelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The "Must Have" Photoshop Retouching/Restoration Book

Katrin Eismann's new Photoshop book is the updated version of her very successful restoration/retouching Bible. She is a brilliant teacher who uses her vast knowledge and precise communication skills to demonstrate sophisticated techniques at workshops throughout the world.
In this book Katrin provides a carefully crafted manual for repairing and enhancing photographs using Photoshop 7, Adobe's challenging image software program.
This second edition offers step-by-step demonstrations describing how to address the most common problems one encounters when working with faded, damaged photographs. Among the subjects covered are: color, contrast, tone, exposure correction, mold damage, stains, cracks, red eye, torn edges, working by the numbers, replacing missing information and removing dust and scratches.
Katrin's approach to portrait retouching emphasizes the subtle touch. In her extensive chapter on developing a portrait retouch strategy, she thoughtfully discusses and demonstrates the steps for removing blemishes, reducing wrinkles, and improving eyes, lips and hair.
The comprehensive website that supplements the book allows readers to download most of the photographs. This makes it easy to follow along and practice techniques on the same images found throughout the chapters.
This excellent book by the "Photoshop Diva" will teach you more about Photoshop than you can possibly imagine.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning InfoPath 2003 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: F. Scott Barker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best, and first InfoPath book to buy...

If you are new to InfoPath, do yourself a favor and get this book first. In fairness to prior books, writing a book on InfoPath really was not an easy or pleasant task before Service Pack 1 came along. Before SP1, InfoPath was a less useful product that required more effort to understand and use for real-world solutions.

The book is well organized and follows a logical progression from basic to more complex subjects. The first 60% or so of the book covers the basic matter with the remainder devoted to more advanced and quite current topics such as using .NET managed code with InfoPath. Lastly there is a case study to illustrate the thought processes around using InfoPath in real-world solutions. If you need to get up-to-speed on InfoPath quickly, this book can be lightly read in no more than 2 days and used as a guide and reference from there.

There are two aspects about the way this book is written that appealed to me. First, Scott Barker makes practical use of the "Try It Out" and "How it works" technique. Second, any prior bleeding-edge experience with InfoPath, especially pre-SP1, will make anyone purchasing this book totaly appreciate the expanded coverage of topics like security and deployment. InfoPath was designed to comply with standards/laws that address privacy like HIPPA, which make deployment "lots of fun".

On the downside, there are a number of typos in the book, but my guess is that the editing done by Wrox was rushed and it's not due to the writing per se. Fortunately, the errors are pretty obvious.