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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QuarkXPress 6 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barbara Assadi, Galen Gruman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Helpful book on how to use a powerful tool


I work as a copy editor at a newspaper, so I needed a book which would help me get started real quick! I played around a bit with Quark years ago, but I really needed it fleshed out for my understanding. This book explains all the basic tools in Quark, and gives some good technical tips. I just wished it could have also given some advice on decent layout design. I keep this one at my desk!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Mr. Tidwell's indulgence at my expense (Time & Money)


... There are simply too few examples and too much indulgence in areas that are of relatively no importance to the learning of XSLT for a beginner. Like a Greek tragedy, Mr. Tidwell's downfall is perhaps his overwhelming knowledge of the subject. He seems to be bored with the basics. He is so far ahead that he had forgotten what's important and/or difficult for someone who is trying to pick up XSLT as a novice. He has forgotten his audience... and instead uses the opportunity to indulge into his wide variety personal interests - computer, chemistry, Shakespeare, etc.
I bought this book because it's a recommended book by IBM for XML certification... They did this probably because it's an O'Riley book which is usually good. But this one is an EXCEPTION. I wish they will drop this book from their recommendation list and stop victimizing us. It's too late for me but I hope the ones that follow will read this and think twice.



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
Excellent Introduction


First, I have to say I loved this book, I actually read half of it on a trip, not being in front of my computer, and still enjoyed the clear style and the gradual addition of new concepts and tools, chapter after chapter. Then I could hardly wait to be back home and start doing it for real.
Now for the potential buyer.
WHAT IT IS NOT: a reference book (no list of classes etc...) or a technical book for advanced programming; a book about Java or Carbon; an introduction to object-oriented programming; an introduction to C.
WHAT IT IS: an excellent introduction to programming in Objective C in the Cocoa environment of Max OS X, provided you know enough about object-oriented programming (some basic understanding of C++ is preferable too).
WHAT YOU LEARN: Objective-C in Cocoa; using Apple Developer Tools; building an application in Mac OS X; how to make optimal use of Cocoa classes and API, knowing how they were conceived and meant to be used; a number of basic concepts and tips that really get you started.
THE PLUS that make this book so interesting: very good and clear writing; some amusing brief 'historical' insights; you really feel the author knows what he is talking about; the author gives personal views (clearly stated as advices, not rules); follow-up, errata, examples, comments, and more on his web site; still completely useable with OS X.2 (a couple or very minor changes that are listed on the web site anyway), so that's the good time to buy it (price is down, but content is still up to date).
Final comment: Objective C in Max OS X is very powerful and enjoyable.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PowerPoint 2003 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Faithe Wempen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good book


I like this book best of all the PowerPoint books I have. One reason, it has a lot of tips for doing advanced things like custom animation, videos, etc. It also has these workshop lab exercises at the ends of the sections that give you a chance to practice things like a workbook. The CD is also good, it has lots of backgrounds templates and add-ins.