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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mobile and Wireless Design Essentials
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Martyn Mallick, Martyn Mallick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Mobile Architecture Book Around!!

I currently work for a wireless infrastructure company and was very impressed by the coverage of each chapter in Martyn Mallick's book. Not only does it cover wireless protocols and devices, Martyn's book also includes hot topics like data synchronization. In my field, data synchronization is my bread and butter. I honestly believe Martyn took a very unbiased approach to smart clients, thin clients, messaging, webservices, XML and etc. On top of that, Martyn compares the pros and cons to programming in Java, .Net, BREW, and etc.
The bottom line is; I highly recommend Mobile and Wireless Design Essentials for senior architect level programmers all the way to first year computer science/MIS students. This book certainly cleared up the gray areas in my understanding of mobile technology.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
nice tricks, but could include more variety

I like Scott Kelby's writing - and Down and Dirty Tricks for Photoshop 7 does contain some absolutely terrific hints -- but reading the book left me wanting more.
The tips are clearly explained, with step-by-step instructions. However, for [the price], I feel that more variety of tips and tricks could have been included. There is a bit of overlap from Scott's previous D and D book for Photoshop 6.) Still, it is nice to have all tips in one place.
This book is perfect for someone just starting out with Photoshop and also intermediate level users as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Certification Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Introductory Book Only

When I read through the PMBOK, I found it hard to read. After reading this book, it explained things in a clear and simple way in how to apply each topic. YET, the test questions were very easy. I found Rita Mulcahy's book had more difficult questions more geared toward the exam. So, I read both books and got a firm understanding of the topics.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web-Based Training : How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: William Horton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
New Title: "Considerations...

... For Web-Based Training".
This is what the book will give you, many considerations and thoughts surrounding web training. It does excel in that department because the average trainer wouldn't be able to think of all these details and possibilities themselves. It's a GOOD reference of ideas... "if you are going to do "x" you should consider "y".
On the downside it teaches you nothing of "best practices" or "how-to", which is more of what I was going after. In many cases the author will go over a segment and then states that most "packaged" systems will have that piece in place already. Ok, what are good "packaged" systems to consider then? There are no answers for this because the author wants to remain "vendor neutral".
Quite honestly I don't know who the target market is for this. I am a developer needing to put together a corse and this hasn't helped me in the least. Actually this books has left me with more questions as to how to proceed next as it has answered.
And don't even bother going to the authors website for help. It is the same type of "presentation" information and if you want the juicy "how-to" details you are directed to one of his seminars ....
But the author is emphatic about the fact he is a consultant and this is typical of many consultants... long on "considerations" and short on "how-to".
And I don't know why all the other reviews are raves... did they read this book or just browse it only to be impressed by all the diagrams? I'd like to know how these people are incorporating the info within to their business.
I for one would like to have my $$$ back for it.