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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This Book Rocks

As a veteran of Photoshop seminars where I forget most everything the next day, and having purchased several other PS tip books with drawn-out, tedious channel operations, this book's techniques seems to offer the greatest "wow" factor for the least amount of effort spent. You won't be sorry.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The BEST book on VB programming, period!

I do not know how I can emphasize this point any more, this is the best book on Visual Basic programming ever written. Francesco's understanding of Visual Basic is amazing. While I have worked with and programmed with Visual Basic for years, there are few times I open this book and do not learn something new.
Even more important to me is Francesco's ability to put complex things into plain and understandable English. He has a gift for writing about programming that is rarely seen. His coverage of the intrinsic controls alone is worth the price of admission, yet that is only one small facet on this diamond of a book.
There are other books which cover more esoteric Visual Basic topics better, but no book covers the entire language as well as this one does. It is the true "Programmer's Guide" to the language. "Programming Visual Basic 6.0" is not for the beginner as it is pretty advanced in some places, but it is accessible to programmers of all levels as a reference and to mid-range programmers wanting to improve what they have learned in the beginning books. For advanced VB programmers this book again is a good reference though I can imagine even the seasoned veterans of us will find some new gems in these pages.
Rock On Francesco! You are incredible!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steven John Metsker
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Bootstrap your fluency in C#

C# is still a relatively new language. Certainly younger than Java or C++, which are the 2 most common OO languages. So chances are, some people coming to this book are still clumsy in C#. But I think it is also reasonable to say that if you are contemplating ANY book on design patterns, that you are fluent in at least one language.
Strictly, a purist might say that design patterns do not need to refer to a specific language. They are a level above code. But pragmatically, to understand them, it helps to instantiate examples in a language.
All this means that the book is good for an experienced developer who is still new to C#. You understand why design patterns are important. You can use the book to bootstrap your fluency in C# by studying the examples and tackling the supplied problems.
If you are indeed an experienced developer in another language, you might find the narrative more appealing than that in a Dummies-type book. The level of discussion that Metsker supplies is more advanced and challenging. More interesting.
Hey! He also gives answers to the problems.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not good enough!

I dont think this book is good at all. It is too simple, even for a novice...