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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop® 7 Bible (Bible)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Deke McClelland
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Definitely NOT the bible

First of all it's very disappointing that the publisher has stopped adding a cd with 'the bible' (which used to be the case in previous editions). As 'the bible' aims for beginner and intermediate users it's always nice you've got the pictures in the book on cd, so you can compare your results with the result you should aim at.
Secondly there is not nearly a word about 'Image Ready' in this book. When you bought this book expecting to learn how to make animated gifs or weboriented design you will be very disappointed because knowing Image Ready is necessary to complete this task. The title 'the bible' is there for misleading, as Image Ready comes standard with Photoshop for weboriented tasks.
Thirdly, Deke has a chapter by chapter approach which although he throrougly explains all the functions of a certain item, this does not lead to exercises in combination of all the parts. Combining the parts is exactly where Photoshop is at it's best.
Motivating new users of Photoshop is best done by project approach, as you learn more and will be more motivated to experiment when you understand the interaction between different techniques, but this is where the book fails miserabely. Deke has certainly an enormous knowledge about Photoshop, but the approach he takes for leading new users into the graphic domain will only lead to boredom. Definitely not recommended for new users, as you will very easily get bored by the academic approach.
Go for a basis project oriented approach and you will gave fun learning Photoshop, go for this book and you will get overwhelmed and demotivated.
It's not a holy book, except if you only use it as a reference point (and in this case I would go for the professional edition).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How can you say enough to reward excellence?

I have two 3M notpad leafs stuck at the periphery of pages 3 to 278. They are labeled Curious and Enlightened, respectively of course. People that walk into the office asking about what OO design is about, get the tattered Meyer paperback and the instruction to come back when they have read these pages. For practical example, they are steered to the rest and works of others. This a special tag on the page about Polymorphism, which is the kind of ambigous term that begs to be forgotten. However, Meyer's lucid brevity makes the meaning stick.
The feature I find most special is the pull down menu style outline quality of these pages. Abandon your highlighters with this book. Meyer has already digested and illuminated the key concepts for you. Fortunately, this does nothing to diminish the surrounding text.
High marks for editing quality and concept density in a book which clearly pays for itself a third of the way through.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Engineering Design with SolidWorks 2004 and MultiMedia CD
Publisher: Schroff Development Corp
Authors: David Planchard, Marie Planchard
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
suitable for new designers

I my opinion, the book takes a new or would-be designer from the beginning to being able to use SolidWorks. It contains some good basic design information that would be useful regardless of the CAD software. Unfortunately, the book does not have an index and it is almost impossible to use as a reference to augment the SolidWorks Help screens. The pictures are simple, black and white screen prints and are sometimes difficult to see.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

First i want to say that this book not for beginners ... . let's talk about the book. From the first chapter to chapter 9 is great chapters and you will understand it 100 %,but after that you have to buy another book, WHY ??? i will tell you .in chapters of Threadding,windows forms,text manpulation,graphics,networking,XML,ASP.NET and web forms,ASP.NET WEB SERVIECES.. all this chapters just a fast introduction to the subjects and i'm sure that the bigenner will not understand it as they expect. But if you looked at wrox up comming titles like text manpulation hankbook C#, and a lot of this handbooks comming in C#. So don't buy this book if you are a beginner. i advice you to buy wrox books from begining to professional level. ...