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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing,and Programming
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors:
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for beginners


CSound is a multiplatform *free* software synthesis program. It's hard to use at first, but is the most powerful thing around.Almost every synthesis technique you've ever heard of is implemented in a very flexible fashion. The first version came out in 1985, and it has been developing steadily since. This book contains separate articles by many authors, so there is something of a lack of overall coherence to the work. It comes with 2 CD-ROMs containing software for Mac, Linux and PC, hundreds of musical compositions, more than 3000 working instruments, and much more. There is a third CD-ROM available separately. This CD-ROM contains over 2000 orchestra and score text files, and the corresponding audio files in mp3 format. It is also possible to order separately an updated version of the 2 CD-ROMs that came with the book, from the same web site, whether or not you own the book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Difficult for a beginner


I am a beginner in Cisco router and a non-English speaker. The first few chapters are good. However in the rest, especially the WAN part, I face a lot of problems in reading this book. The editors can use simple English and more diagrams to explain the difficult topics like Cisco Flash Card. Moreove the exercise sequence is not too match with the simulation program. If the editors can improve the above, this book is the great.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The User Manual Manual : How to Research, Write, Test, Edit & Produce a Software Manual
Publisher: UnTechnical Press
Authors: Michael Bremer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great guide to writing for the 'untechnical'


The User Manual Manual is Michael Bremer's follow-up to Untechnical Writing. Unlike Untechnical Writing, this book is focused solely on the development process for a software manual. He describes and demonstrates how to create a software manual from the planning phase through publication.
Bremer takes the reader through the entire process, from planning to writing and editing to final production. Unlike many books on technical writing, The User Manual Manual assumes that you can write. Bremer doesn't waste a lot of time going over grammar lessons. The focus of this book is more on processes such content editing and testing. Also, Bremer is focused solely on the software manual. He includes instructions on writing specifically for that genre, such as how to write quick-start guides, online help and readme documents. Bremer is also careful to give plenty of examples throughout the book so that you can see his advice in action.
This is an excellent guide to the process of writing software documentation. Any technical writer can benefit from reading it. It is especially useful for those just entering the field and for those who are taking on leadership roles in their documentation projects



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The CD ebook installs just fine


I am only reviewing this to correct a recent review that claims the ebook doesn't install because it is a Windows 16 bit application. I bought this book the first month it came out and have been using it ever since. But I never even opened the CD at the back of the book. When I saw that review, I had to see for myself if the ebook wouldn't install, since I found that pretty incredible. Turns out the ebook installs just fine under W2K. There's probably something wrong with the user's OS. I find it hard to believe that Microsoft would regress and start shipping a version of the CD where the ebook doesn't install. Since I bought mine in the first printing, I doubt whether it EVER didn't install.