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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Scrapbooking With Photoshop Elements: The Creative Cropping Cookbook
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally... something I can understand quickly


The Scrapbooking Cookbook is finally something easy to read! I would suggest it to anyone who wants to improve the way their digital pictures look when they print them, or use them to make albums. I have tried reading these books before and only get to page 3 or so. This books tells me how to easily fix the things that bug me like red eye, bright spots, and color problems. It also tells me how to put together cute but professional looking pages. I feel like Lynette Kent is a friend explaining this stuff to me. This is a great purchase for everyone that has digital pictures!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jason Price, Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the only C# book worth buying


I bought this book and some of the MS, Wrox and O'Reilly books on C#. This one is the only one worth buying, and I read all the other ones bought. This book really stands out above the rest because it covers the C# language as well as ADO.NET and ASP.NET, along with web services.
I really liked the no nonsense approach taken by the authors, and the coverage of advanced C# and .NET programming like threads, remoting and security. The book even introduces you to using and programming with SQL Server!
The other C# I own stay at home on the bookshelf. Like I said at the start of this review, this is the only book I _actually_ use at my job.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must-Know Stuff about Web Design for a Large World


In this book on web usability, Jakob Nielsen is doing a heroic effort to envision how the average internet user (which equals a potential customer for an e-commerce web page) looks today in the year 2000. The average user can be characterised using many parameters like: Internet connection speed, IT knowledge, internet experience, disabilities, etc. Bottomline is that If you want to design a web site having the maximum impact on all potential users, it is crucial to pay attention to such "facts". Why cut away 5% of all potential customers because they for some reason are unable to use image maps for navigation purposes, or because they lack the ability to distinguish different colors? What you get from this splendid book is an update on what you can do to your web site in order to please the user and in the end (it all ends in business anyway) make sure that this user is converted to a loyal customer. The book is not a technical walkthrough of HTML coding. It is merely a large collection of tips and ideas on how to involve the end user, both mentally and physically, in the process of designing stuff for the internet or intranet. There are many good examples thoughout the book on good practice and worst practice. Considering this being a book on Usability, it is relevant to rate the usability of the book itself also. The design of the book is lavish, with a clear and simple layout containing a large number of useful color illustrations (actually almost 30% of the book are illustrations). I found it, however, fairly difficult to read it in a linear manner because of these large illustrations (sometimes extending 3-4 pages). I do recognize that there is no other way around it, unless Jakob should choose a larger but less handy book format (like the triology of Edward R. Tuftes on information graphics) for his next book. All in all a "must buy" for anybody in charge of anything on the internet which has the potential of being serious business.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good reference


This book is a complete reference for limit holdem. All the important poker concepts are included. It is a good book to go back to from time to time for reference. The author is not a professional writer so the book is written in, shall I say, an uninteresting style. The hand examples cover both high and low limits; however not enough analysis is devoted to how to play differently in different limits. If you are a beginner, this book will take several reading for it to make sense to you. Even then, you need some game experience to really understand it. All in all, this is a very good book and I recommend it.