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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Design Solutions, 2E
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: Robin Landa
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great resource for begining Designer

I am a design student, and this was our textbook for one of my design foundation classes. The projects that we did in class (and are now in my portfolio) were modified versions of some of the exercises in this book.

This book starts with the basics of 2D design and then builds on what you have learned. It is a great overview of other areas of design as well. This is a hands on book that allows you to learn by doing.

If you are interested in graphic design go get this book!

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
One-Stop Shop for PMP Certification

PASS. First time out. Any questions?
Seriously, I read the PMBOK cover to cover. DENSE. All the information is there, but it lacks several things that are crucial to a successful PMP exam preparation: intuitive organization, practice questions, and real-world applications.
Andy Crowe's book fills the gap. It presents the information in a structured, easy-to-understand format that guides you through the 39 discrete processes, their interaction, and most importantly, what you need to know about each one to pass the exam.
The final exam takes the concepts presented in the book and makes you think about them from yet another angle, and the fact that all the answers are there provides the last step in cementing the information in your head. My score on Andy's final and my score on the PMP exam were within 5 points of each other, so he obviously got it right.
The PMP exam is extremely situational. Some questions have four correct answers! What they want from you is the BEST answer. Many others focus on order of operations and ask what you, as the project manager, should do FIRST. These real-world situations are covered clinically in the PMBOK, but stressed in detail in this book.
Buy it. Read it. And Pass the PMP. I did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Php 5 Objects, Patterns, Practice
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Matt Zandstra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everything you need in one book

Learning PHP is easy and rewarding, but as your software grows you will need to know how to manage your code, work as a team, and break your problems down into well defined abstractions. This book gathers together all the tools you need in around 400 pages. Not too long considering its scope. It's a practical guide with an easy style that gets straight to the point. It's a great introduction not just to PHP 5 but to object oriented methods in general. If you're just getting started, or if you're an old hand and want to see how large scale applications can be written in PHP, I recommend you read this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Siva Vaidhyanathan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Anarchy for thee, not for me.

While many academics do tend to "fog" their arguments I think this book by Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan of New York University is a fresh, provocative, and extremely readable discourse on the nature of freedom and control in a world awash with technology that is often over-hyped and under-analyzed. Prof. Vaidhyanathan is a fresh voice analyzing the extremely important issue of, in his words, the "availability and accessibility of the substance of expression and thus the possibility of public discussion and creativity" (185). As a veteran of the culture wars spawned by punk rock's initial social (and later in a watered-down form) commercial success, I have seen the reliance on empty sloganeering and naive calls for anarchy from punks who couldn't organize taking out the trash if they had all week. Prof. Vaidhyanathan rejects simplistic calls for decentralization and anarchy, and instead provides a rich and nuanced historical context for why we should return to what he calls "Civic Republicanism," a return to the idea of public trust and mutual dependency that many Americans have lost sight of in the rather simplistic way most debates have been framed in the battle over public control of information. One of the virtues of Prof. Vaidhyanathan's book is that he does not provide any easy answer or EFF manifestos, just a reliance on the basic responsibility of human beings to engage in meaningful dialogue about the Faustian bargains involved in new technologies. And in an age that promises unparalleled control and unparalleled, resistance, a call for a meaningful and participatory dialogue is a breath of fresh air.