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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers : Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Mac and PC
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Martin Evening
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The 1 Star Ratings are Ridiculous.


This book is not *intended* for inexperienced users, therefore it's not surprise it might also be confusing to the same group. The last reviewer answered his own complaint: if you don't know Photoshop at all, buy a cookie cutter / how-to book like those from Deke McLelland or even Scott Kelby. If you're looking for a comprehensive view of the application from a professional photography perspective, buy this book. You're not likely to be disappointed.
Among all the Photoshop books which attempt to detail all aspects of the digital photography workflow (from hardware to color management to editing techniques), Martin Evening's books are among the very best.
He also does make a habit of updating content wherever practical from edition to edition. Obviously it's silly for an author to change every screenshot and example for every edition. When you find one that works well for illustrating a particular technique, you keep it until the tool in question changes. If it isn't broken....
And to say this is poorly written reflects more on the commentator's reading comprehension ability, than the author's writing ability. Evening's work is very accessible, assuming you already know the basics of Photoshop. The only complain I have about this book is that I would like him to focus a little more on facial retouching aspects, as it's obviously a big part of his business. I'm sure he has more to share on that topic. Hopefully next edition....



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Cable Television Technology, Second Edition
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Walter Ciciora, James Farmer, David Large, Michael Adams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent coverage of current cable issues.


The text covers the subject of cable television from an introductory level up to engineering levels. I particularly liked the coverage of current issues in cable, such as Impulse pay per view. The chapter on modulation was informative. With my physics background I was happy to see the book has a good scattering of equations. An equation is indispensable in many situations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great first book about cryptology


Mr. Singh's outstanding book is the one that started it all for me in cryptology. I had read a review of the book in Forbes, I believe, and saw the book in a bookstore, so I decided to get it. I was hooked! I didn't understand the all the math, and I kind of skimmed thru some of the cryptanalysis, but since then, I have purchased virtually every obtainable book in his bibliography, and I am a long way toward understanding more of the math. This book is a much easier read than Kahn's "The Codebreakers", but if you're like me, you'll want to read that one too! And then, you'll search out other crypto resources like the American Cryptogram Association, with it's excellent Classic Crypto Book Service (yep, I bought quite a few of those too!). OK, maybe not everyone will fall for such a nerdy hobby, but Singh's book is still a great read, and who knows. . .you may get hooked as well! PS. . .make sure you check Mr. Singh's web page if you intend to try and solve the challenges in the back, as he points out some typos that could save you lots of frustration.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely life changing.


For the last year in two different companies I have been evangelizing many of the concepts in "Pragmatic Programmer", but had a hard time validating my thoughts to the more skeptical people in our group.
That's over now. "Pragmatic Programmer" has given me not only the ammunition I need to wage war against some of the more Philistine ideas that I must deal with, it has added to my thoughts and made me a better leader, better communicator and a much, much better developer. Any book that tells you to step away from the keyboard before you begin is good, but this book is a masterpiece because it tells you WHY you should take a step back.
Every chapter is a gem and stands alone, but taken together with the references and extremely well-written explanations, it almosts reads like a novel. I felt guilty putting it down!
If you are serious about software, serious about becoming a real craftsman and a leader in your field, then this book needs to be on your shelf, dog-eared and used.