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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Multithreading Applications in Win32: The Complete Guide to Threads
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim Beveridge, Robert Wiener
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best treatments I've seen of the subject


Good non-trivial examples are combined with a thorough discussion of the problems commonly seen in multi-threaded programming. If you're new to multi-threaded programming, I'd buy this book,



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Project Version 2002 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl S. Chatfield, Timothy D. Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Covers the breadth of features well


This book is designed to bring you up to speed on how to use the various features of Microsoft Project 2002, and it achieves that goal well.
It contains a well written Appendix entitled "A Short Course in Project Management", and various "Project Management Focus" paragraphs throughout the book, but it is not really intended to teach you project management. For that, I suggest you read a project management text without a software focus, such as Project Management for Dummies by Stan Portny.
Just as you would not expect a book on Microsoft Word to teach you how to write using good grammar, you should not expect this book on Microsoft Project to also teach you all you need to know about project management.
I use this book to teach various Project 2002 courses, and I find it works well. However, a prerequiste for my classes is a project management theory class that uses only pen and paper. I have found this to be a powerful combination.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


This is a book that caters for beginners to Flash, more advanced Flash 5 authors and everybody in between equally well and was just what I needed to make everything I knew about Flash coalesce. It offers clear, concise explanations on just about everything you need to know from simple topics such as creating a tween, to more advanced methods like using the XML objects. Each subject is covered in depth, avoids fatuous condescension and is presented in an interesting manner.
The authors, particularly Derek Franklin, clearly love their subject and this comes over as infectious, imbuing the reader with a similar enthusiasm. This is not an ActionScript reference - there is a superb reference available from another author - but does not pretend to be. Instead, it tries and succeeds in painting a picture to illustrate the practicalities of using the wealth of features available within ActionScript, which is now beginning to look like a REAL programming language.
But the best of all is this: If you have a problem, you can go to the web-site of one of the authors, (I won't say which one) and he might just be persuaded to help you find an answer...
Thoroughly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! (3rd Edition) (One-Click Wow)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
CD Packed With Presets And A How-To Book


This book and CD come with a library packed with presets for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and 3. You will find over 500 layer styles and effects, dozens of textures and shapes, lots of media brushes and 40+ gradients. And they are all professional quality. The presets are divided into three major categories; styles for photos, styles for type and graphics, and web button styles. There are also general presets such as repeatable textures and patterns, shadows and embossing, ghost (semi-transparent) backgrounds and overlays.

The book that comes with the CD teaches you how to use the presets and also sparks your creativity with a full color gallery of examples. The author, Jack Davis, starts with a One-Click WOW Quick Start tutorial that helps you to install and explore the goodies on the CD. His next few sections introduce you to Photoshop Elements layer styles and explain how to scale, copy, combine and further customize the presets. Lastly, Davis explains how to save your creations and output them in various formats.

Jack Davis is a designer and photographer and specializes in digital imaging and design. He is one of the Photoshop Dream Team instructors and teaches on the WOW Seminar Tour.