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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: After Effects and Photoshop: Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jeff Foster, Sybex
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very 'not great'


I'm an Afx user and found this book painfully basic. I bought it because it was recomended for high-end users which I'm sorry to say is a lie. The 'keying tutorials' arent even tutorials; they're just examples of what you can do with 3'rd party Plugins. If I wanted a demonstration in how to download plugins I'd visit my local Crack site, thank you very much.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you want to pass the PMP this will do it


If your concern is to pass the PMP exam, as quickly and easily as possible, this is an excellent book. I've spent over a decade as a PM and had just come off a 4.5yr contract. I also spent two years teaching principals of Project Management in the professional certification program at Columbia using the PMBOK as the basis of my curriculum. I was comfortable with my understanding of the basic methodology and the knowledge areas.
My goal was to pass the PMP with the least amount of hassle. I didn't want to learn more about project management, additional theories or examples of excellent new approaches to the different knowledge areas, at least not as part of this process. I didn't want to spend the next six months attending a study group. I wanted to know the mindset of the PMI test developers. I wanted to know their prejudices and attitudes and how these very subjective positions were expressed through the answers they expected and the questions they designed. And since these attitudes and positions tend to change with time, I needed to know what was current right now.
For instance, I tend to solicit team feedback concerning major policy decisions. For the most part PMI doesn't consider that the team should be consulted outside of the estimation exercises. Just knowing this fact allowed me to correctly answer a number of questions on the exam. The issue here is not what approach is best or to debate the question. The issue is what is PMI's position and how does it show up in the test. This is the type of information "The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try" provided along with the foundation concepts of the PMI methodology.
The book provides the material in an efficient, easy to understand presentation. In addition the book's graphics and memorization aids are both attractive and effective. More importantly they are organized by knowledge area. I read the book in the context of the class Andy teaches. I took a sample PMP test at the beginning of the class and scored in the 50 percentile. When I took the official exam a short time after the class, I scored 81%. The class is great but the book contains the class material and stands on its own.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Juping Jin: You are Right and Wrong !


Juping Jin,
I haven't finished this book yet, I am on page 388 now, I will have to finish it in Jan 2001. But I will still rate it at least 4 star comparing to other JCP books. I love the academic style the authors have; it gives me very logical impression when I review previous contents. I finished "java tutorial" earlier, but this book provides much deeper and better material then Sun official textbook.
Also I appreciate you attitude on learning or studying, I am not sure about integer shifting you mentioned, but for your first issue, I believe the authors are right:
public class Test {
class Inner{ static int i = 0; } public static void main(String[] argv) { Test t = new Test(); }
}
========================= ...just like that, removing the "final" from your testing code, make member i "pure" static variable instead of using the special variable form---final ( I don't know why "final" can pass compile, I guess that is how it was designed.) , then you will get compile time error, the message will be :" Variable i can't be static in inner class Test. Inner. Only members of interfaces and top-level classes can be static."
I also have a number of question marks for the chapters I have read, I believe I was right and the authors may be NOT so right. But I don't think they do not understand Java!! They are still very good at least for me. Also you are very good too, may just a little too picky as a reader...
Let me know if I was wrong.
Good luck to you & Happy new year to all AMZN readers
James.Qiu@magnetbanking.com



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Excel 2002 Visual Basic for Applications Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Reed Jacobson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't Start with This One


If you're new to VBA, as I was, don't make the same mistake I did. This book is definitely not what I was hoping for. Very unorganized for a starter book, and not much good content. The book from the Wrox group is MUCH better.