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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical C++ Programming, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Oualline
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Technical Reference


While alot of people say that this book isn't very good, it was one of the few C++ books that helped me alot. I had already had a formal introduction to C++ and I was able to write a few fairly unimpressive programs, but this book finally helped me understand many of the concepts I had been searching for in a book, mainly bitwise operators and templates. That's why I have to give it 5 stars.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Photographer's Handbook
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Authors: Tom Ang
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A broad introduction to digital photography.


Fist, I want to say that the layout and presentation of 'Digital Photographer's Handbook' was very functional and pleasing to the eye.This book starts out with an overview of the equipment involved in digital imaging; cameras, printers, scanners and computers. There is a lot of good info for someone who knows very little about such things. I must mention, however, that the author is obviously biased towards Apple computers vs PCs, and frankly I find this inexcusable for what is supposed to be an impartial source of information.Here is a excerpt from the "Mac vs PC" section:"All Macs readily accept peripheral devices, professional models expand very easily, and all network as soon as you connect together two or more. On a PC, the addition of anything beyond a printer is tricky at best - at worse, which is not unusual, you will have to reinstall all your software."If you know how modern operating systems work, you will realize how ridiculous that statement is. Now, moving on.The author then gets into the actual photography- picture composition, perspective, color and exposure. All good things but not exclusive to digital photography.The next section is the one that I found most useful: Image Manipulation. Image manipulation is what makes digital photography so great. I can take a bunch of pictures, then transfer them to my computer and adjust them to my heart's desire. A caveat here, though, is that the author uses Adobe Photoshop in the examples so if you use another program it might be difficult to follow.The last chapter is about outputting your photos to a book or portfolio and is very well done.As an intermediate photographer who knows about all the latest technology, this book was much too simplistic and broad for me.I would have been better served by two books: one focusing solely on Photoshop techniques, and another on image composition.But if you are a beginner to this subject, and want an all in one introduction, you would probably be well served by Tom Ang's 'Digital Photographer's Handbook'.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Peter Szor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
best of breed book


excellent book from Peter Szor best book about viruses i have read. Not enough 5 star . Must read book for Security people



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must have for SCJP


A lot of elbow grease went into this book. I think I found one error in the whole book and even that was minor. Mughal explores the dark corners of the language and you end up the wiser for it. File I/O was huge on my exam so make sure and read ch. 18. Threads are probably the most challenging piece to wrap your head around and Mughal does a good job of coaching through the growing pains. The source code is very available so make use of it. I read the reviews here and got this book and I wasn't disappointed. I had less than a year's experience with Java... you really don't need any. *But* you will learn the language regardless. Balance this with Bill Brogden's book and your golden.