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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mikkel Aaland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical Solutions to Your Photoshop Elements Problems

The new scanner that I bought a few months ago, came bundled with Photoshop Elements. I was happy at first to see this scaled-down version of Adobe's Photoshop, but my delight soon turned into frustration when I tried to use it. Sure, I could do the simple things with moderate success, but the full power of this amazing software was beyond my reach.
That is until I bought Mikkel Aaland's wonderful book, Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions, The Art of Digital Photography.
Mr. Aaland must have had me in mind when he created this book, because his "solutions" were the answers to my very problems. He cleared away the barriers that prevented my making the sharp, bright images that I wanted. He provides step by step instructions that anyone can follow. It was as if I was priviledged to have a Photoshop expert looking over my shoulder has I worked on restoring my old images.
The book comes with a CD that contains the images Mr. Aaland uses as examples in his book. But the book is so well written that you can use your own photos to follow his instruction.
Without this book, I never would have discovered the time-saving utilities in Photoshop Elements. I'm running a photo contest in my community and was facing many hours of resampling images to post on the web. Mr. Aaland's Solutions showed me how to to it in minutes, not days.
Other instruction books on how to use software are notoriously heavy, dull, and repetitive. They focus on the tools and not the tasks. Not this one. It's open, easy-to-read layout makes you want to read it straight through.
My thanks to Mikkel Aaland for producing such a fine book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2003 in 21 Days, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Steve Holzner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fun and Informative

If you want to learn how to design Windows and Database applications with Visual Basic.Net then this is your book. If you want to study theory and the nuts and bolts of the code then find another book. After you finish this book you will be able to program Database applications that have real world accessibility.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice job!

I've tried several tutorials on Javascript, and Wilton's is by far the best. If you know a little HTML, you can learn Javascript. If you know a LOT of HTML, his instructions directed at the new web designer are easy to skip over. Wilton very quickly moves the student into actual production of working Javascript pages, and weaves explanations throughout the examples so smoothly you don't realize how much you've learned until you look at your work. The real-world examples, which include online quizzes and a script for checking the browser version, are also highly motivating (versus books that push novices through endless versions of "hello world"). About the only thing I would add in a future edition is a troubleshooting chapter (the first example, of all things, wouldn't load for me initially, and I'm still not sure how I fixed it), and my only quibble is that the first time Javascript code is cited, the reader isn't immediately directed to Appendix C for a brief discussion of other tags. However, these are very minor critiques of a well-written, well-organized book that makes Javascript attainable--and fun to learn.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book, but not a great book!

I thought this book was great! I used this and this book only to study for my A+. I thought it covered th information well. I read it once and then studied in my car before I went in for the test off of the cheat sheet in the front and passed both tests with 80+ scores. If you read this and can't pass the test, I think there is something wrong with you. I do agree however, the disk in the back of the book is junk.