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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Starter Guide for Beginning Users


This was the required text for my university class that taught photoshop. The lessons show you step by step how to use photoshop for basic photo correction/optimization as well as more advanced techniques for professionals (ie: web design/ special printing). The included CD contains all the image files (start and finish) for the lessons, so you can actually follow what the book tells you to do. This is one textbook I wouldn't sell back at the end of the term! It's a great starter book, if you have the time to do the first few lessons. Photoshop is extremely intimidating to new users, and somewhat difficult to pick up on your own, so I'd reccommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the basic operations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
you need this book


It's books like this that make you realize that you want several books like this.
There's really no such thing as an introductory Cocoa book - Cocoa is something for C programmers who have a desire to write GUI based apps from an object-oriented perspective. Cocoa's grad school; there's no particular undergraduate degree required; just good test scores and a desire to learn from people who have thought about hard problems longer than you have :-)
Cocoa is a big, sprawling subject. This book is a great slice through a complex subject. A really great slice. The best slice thus far.
But we still need about 2 or 3 more books at this level, and 2 or 3 more at a more advanced level.
Want to learn about Cocoa? Then buy this book. Now. Start programming with it. And when you realize that there are other books you still need, Aaron will have done his job. Hopefully he'll have another book ready by then :-)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
you need this book


It's books like this that make you realize that you want several books like this.
There's really no such thing as an introductory Cocoa book - Cocoa is something for C programmers who have a desire to write GUI based apps from an object-oriented perspective. Cocoa's grad school; there's no particular undergraduate degree required; just good test scores and a desire to learn from people who have thought about hard problems longer than you have :-)
Cocoa is a big, sprawling subject. This book is a great slice through a complex subject. A really great slice. The best slice thus far.
But we still need about 2 or 3 more books at this level, and 2 or 3 more at a more advanced level.
Want to learn about Cocoa? Then buy this book. Now. Start programming with it. And when you realize that there are other books you still need, Aaron will have done his job. Hopefully he'll have another book ready by then :-)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Database Systems, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Theory Theory Theory!!!


My book was very poorly bound. It started to fall apart 2 months after I bought it. I would say the physical book quality is junk. As for the content, if you want to learn about relational algebra, DBMS operations, normalization and such in a theoretical context, then this is the book! It had a lot of good information on SQL statements. Don't be mislead by its description. There is some info on Access and practical database implementation, but not enough to mention. Just depends on what you need to learn.