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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Dynamic Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX 2004 (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Tom Green, Jordan L. Chilcott, Chris S. Flick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is set to become a classic.

Hands up those of you who have been to one those free Macromedia seminars where a team of speakers attempt to present all the wonders of Studio MX 2004 over a period of a few hours? Absolutely riveting stuff. Database driven Flash, Cold Fusion interaction, calendars and booking systems, streaming media, fantastic looking demo sites, css tricks, templates, Flash chat rooms. Now hands up those of you who could remember how to do any of it 10 minutes after leaving the conference centre. Frustrating isn't it?
Enter "Building Dynamic Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX 2004". This book is set to become a classic. It will change the way you work with "Studio MX 2004" forever. For a start you will find yourself using the entire package to it's full potential as opposed to just tinkering around the edges.
The book revolves around the building of a Web Site for the "Oakbridge Recreation Center". Excited yet? Stick around. This is not just any old Web Site. This is state of the art Cold Fusion / Flash / DMX / MySql masterpiece complete with a Virtual Tour of the facilities based on the visitors interests, an online booking facility and the piece de resistance .... an online meeting facility flexible enough to offer services ranging from a text input chat facility to streaming video and audio.
Scared yet? Don't be. The authors go out of their way to guide you step by step through the process using ample diagrams and screen grabs. Their writing style is up close and personal, almost as if they were sitting next to you having a chat. Their approach throughout is to let the software do all the hard work.
This book is a trip of discovery and along the way you will encounter Flash Remoting, The Flash Communication Server and the use of Flash MX 2004 components, dynamic templates, Dreamweaver's new CSS capabilities, the advantages of using Fireworks as your primary graphics tool and much much more. Just take a look through the Table Of Contents to get a feel for the scope of the book.
This book is aimed at the intermediate user. The guy who has used Dreamweaver and messed with a bit of Flash and is now ready for greater things. If you own Studio MX 2004 you NEED this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UNIX for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent and helpful introduction for the absolute beginner

I was completely lost and had never used UNIX in my entire life. This book gave me a very helpful sampling of the most useful commands and excellent syntax examples so that I could start trying them immediately. It has a very gentle approach and thus is perfect for a "Dummy."I highly recommend it to the beginner with no experience in UNIX. The book works well enough that you've outgrown it in a week and know enough to look for a more advanced book. That says a lot.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Guidelines and Best Practices for Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C# Developers (Pro-Developer (Paperback))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Giuseppe DiMauro, Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book to improve your .NET skills

This is an excellent book that helped me improve my skills and saved me a lot of time.

The reviewer who rated it 1 star either had a bone to pick or he doesn't understand .NET whatsoever.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Don't let the first chapter bog you down

If you want to understand the koan that is Perl, you must listen to Wall's hand clap. This is the first step. I have bought any and all of my friends that were interested in Perl a copy of this book as a gift. It will teach you why Perl is great. "Programming Perl" is then required to gain mastery in the ways of Perl.