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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good for the "non-designer"


I was also misled by the reviews. I am not a designer, and I was looking for something to help my design skills. However, this book was much too basic to teach me anything. I only got a little from the extensive section on type, most of which I knew about. I would like to see something with a little more depth. I know these principals, but would like something help me execute them better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Digital Scanning with Slides, Film, and Transparencies
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: David D. Busch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive look at film and negative capture


I looked all over for a book about scanning slides and was very glad to find this one. It had all the info I needed and was very easy to understand. This book is good for beginners and intermediate readers, because it contains both good introductory material as well as more advanced tips and tricks to help you get the best quality scans from your film.
I liked the software recommendations and description of how film scanning works. I was able to get better results scanning slides with both my Nikon film scanner and Epson flatbed scanner after I read this book. Thanks for a great book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Services with Java : Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Steve Graham, Doug Davis, Simeon Simeonov, Glen Daniels, Peter Brittenham, Yuichi Nakamura, Paul Fremantle, Dieter Koenig, Claudia Zentner
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Great if you have lots of time to burn


I am a developer of web systems. I've owned this book for about six months now, and I've yet to find anything of any value in it. It kind of makes me wonder about who would find this material useful. Overweight college professors in gray cardigan sweaters, smoking pipes maybe?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification: A Comprehesive Primer, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Orange cover - it will stand out on your book shelf


Color of the book aside - the content is layed out with taste and thought. I found the use of UML helpful. However I'm experienced with UML - if your not, this may be an area that's not covered well enough for you; but UML is not the intent of the book.
I've seen lots of computer software books and typically one sees the same tired graphics, useful but cliche. So I was impressed with the graphic to explain overflow in floating point numbers, Figure 3.2. I got a great laugh with the "(Not drawn to scale)" note, as it's hard to get a graph of negative infinity to positive infinity drawn to scale. I think this little pun will allow me to recall this graphic far into the future...
Since I'm experienced with Java, have passed the exam some time ago, I didn't find the prolific use of "(see Section 4.1, p. 104)" annoying. However for a beginner this will cause more flipping back and forth than a good book is designed for. If the book is converted to a web site - this will be acceptable.
I believe the authors cover the subject, passing the exam, not learning Java (the art of programming in OO with a toolkit so large as to require a tool-chest as large as the building). If you want to pass the exam (and you must - for you wouldn't read this prattle otherwise) this book is an excellent resource!
If you have a bit of experience with Java, and one should before taking the exam, the book will be all you require to pass - well, except lots of study time, but time is a renewable resource!
David
PS - in the interest of full disclosure, the publisher gave me the book to review