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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: REALbasic: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Matt Neuburg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Even better than I'd hoped for!

Matt's descriptions are excellent. Basic enough for a beginner to understand but with lots of substance and insight to keep the old timers intrigued. He uses real world examples with practical uses and provides a plethora of sample code on his web site.
Matt has probed every nook and cranny of RealBasic and his book provides an excellent tour of how to get the most out this wonderful tool.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Tim Grey, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Title Tells It All

Some people shoot pictures with digital cameras, download them, print them up and are happy with whatever they get. Others complain if there is the least deviation in color between what they remember seeing and what gets printed up. It is at this latter group that "Color Confidence" is aimed.
Tim Grey, the author, is a respected teacher of Photoshop techniques and is known to many for the Digital Darkroom Questions mailing list, which many digital photographers read on a daily basis.
This book is aimed at a single issue in digital photography: how to make the output of the digital photography process, be it individual print, world-wide web, or printing press, match the color that the photographer visualized when he took a picture. Several years ago, when photographers were less sophisticated and happy with the ease of getting digital output, this was scarcely a question, but as digital photographers became more experienced (and as affordable techniques became available) more and more photographers began to ask why the output of their printers didn't look like their monitors. The field of color management was born.
With a minimum of technical jargon, the author explains the nature of color. He then tells you how to establish color profiles for input devices, like cameras and scanners, processing devices like computers, and output devices like ink-jet printers, so that all of the devices in the digital darkroom pass on information about the digital photograph that will insure consistency. For computer software, Grey assumes the use of the industry standard, Photoshop. If you use some other image processing software, you will have to interpolate from Photoshop, or find some other source of color management information.
If you read every word in this book, Grey might appear pedantic, because when he discusses using several different devices for a particular purpose, he will repeat many of the same instructions, word for word. But if you later pick up the book, while you are sitting at your computer, you know that what you are reading will be the whole story for the operation and tool that you are using, and that some important hint is not hidden elsewhere.
I?ve long considered myself to be relatively savvy when it comes to color management. However, I picked up a few tips about along the way that clearly made the book worthwhile for me. For example, I understood the function of "soft-proofing" but never really developed a regular work process dealing with this technique. Then I read Grey's discussion and a light bulb went on.
This is not exciting reading, but the author is clear and direct and moves the subject along quickly. If you need to learn about color management for digital photography, this is the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Very frustrating

I can't believe this book has been getting such great reviews....I am a smart person, but this book is so frustrating to get through! There is so much excess information -- the layout is terrible and the chapters poorly organized. I just want to know the basics about HTML and Ms. Castro doesn't seem to ever get there. In the beginning chapters of the book she refers to concepts we haven't even learned yet. It was terribly frustrating to read and I just simply gave up!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How to find your a place in the Internet's namespace

In DNS And BIND, Paul Albitz and Cricket Liu efficiently collaborate to present an invaluable reference on one of the fundamental building blocks of the Internet which is the distributed host information database responsible for translating names into addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and many other services. The topics covered in a very accessible and highly recommended text include what DNS is and how it works; how to find your a place in the Internet's namespace; setting up name servers; using MX records to route mail; configuring hosts to use DNS name servers; subdividing domains; securing a name server; ne BIND 9 features; DNS Security Extensions and Transaction Signatures; mapping one name to several servers for load sharing; dynamic updates, asynchronous notification of changes to a zone, and incremental zone transfers; troubleshooting; and DNS programming using the resolver library, as well as Per's Net::DNS module. DNS And BIND is an impressive contribution to personal and professional computer reference shelf collections.