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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book on MFC programming hands-down

If you are looking to learn how to program for Windows using the MFC library, then this book is a must have. This book is the ultimate reference, and therefore is also very useful to those who already program in MFC. The only problem with this book is that it is so long and detailed that it is very hard to read straight through from cover to cover. Therefore, I recommend "Programming Microsoft Visual C++ 5th Edition" as your main book to read while learning. That book is much easier and covers more ground. However, it's not even close to being as detailed as this book is. That is why I recommend reading "Programming Microsoft Visual C++" and, when you find a topic that interests you, find out more of the details in this book. Together, they make a great team. But, if you are only going to get one book on MFC, make it this one... it is the best on the subject, hands-down.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
You won't regret to buy this book!!

I bought this book out of my curiousity. I'm not a professional photographer or graphic designer or anything. Just a regular guy who took pictures occasionally. So may be you can tell that I would run into a lot of problems like most amatures do such as under exposure, over exposure, crooked pictures, too close to the object, too far from the object, etc. Therefore, a photo editing software is an essential for me since 60% of the pictures I took weren't good enough and always need touch up. However, most of the functions to fixed my problem can be found in any photo editing software but I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Photoshop 7.0, which is the best in the market right now even though they are much more expensive than the competitors. One thing though, I only know the basic functions of this program but I also know that it has much more capabilities than that. So, one day I just designed to learn more about it and I looked around for a photoshop books without any satisfaction. 90% of the books out there tried so hard to explain basic principle of photographing. Frankly, if I can shoot a photo like a professional, why would I even bother trying to learn about photoshop? A lot of those books also talked about the tools and functions, etc. and I thought I might as well get those instruction from help files in the program instead of paying them 50 bucks for the same explaination. My point was to find a book where it will give me some idea about how to create something new with the programs but most of those books failed to offer that. I even found some magazines that talked about creativity more than the books. Finally, I found this book by Scott Kelby and the first minutes I turned the page, I told myself, I had to have this book. The writer explained it so clear how to do things and put all these tools to work together and create something I've never imagine before. Now I did a lot of stuffs that just simply blown people away everytime they saw my works!! A lot of graphic in this book really help too. The only thing is that you have to play with the program quite a bit if you're using PC because the writer seems to get used to Apple computers and some of the step he never mention in his book so it might throw you off if you try to follow him word by word. Still, almost the whole book carry a very valuable information about Photoshop and I gaurantee you'll love it when you follow the instruction in this book and create something yourself. Just buy it, you won't be disappointed!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Faster Smarter Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 (Faster Smarter)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Greg Holden, William R. Stanek
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Maybe Faster But Not Smarter

This book would almost certainly have to be a disappointment for anyone. If you are just starting to work with websites this book will give you just enough info to get you in trouble and lost; if you are experienced it will completely disappoint.
Since the book is by Microsoft Press, it shouldn't be a surprise that it promotes every possible Microsoft service to combine with this FrontPage 2003 product.
While the book does a nice job of quickly and concisely presenting the how-to of simple processes - that's all it does. Even when it warns that there can be problems, it doesn't say anything about solving the problems - and it usually seems to assume there just couldn't be much of a problem because you must be using all new Microsoft products and be on Microsoft servers - preferably through their own facilities.
I purchased the book with a lot of web experience and as a user of Macromedia Dreamweaver thinking I might find some of the new FrontPage 2003 features usable and move some of my work to it. While a couple of pages mention ASP (Active Server Pages) it is very brief. Working with existing sites and content is not mentioned; techniques used with ASP are not mentioned; no specifics of any kind are mentioned with respect to how FrontPage 2003 works or what type of code it generates. This book would have you believe you just go through the simple menu items and everything else magically happens - no underlying code or processes that could either go wrong or that you might want to change or be aware of. Even the much touted integration with data access and XML is only mentioned briefly - offering no idea how or if it can be utilized on anything other than a SharePoint Server.
If you are only a rank beginner and plan to work only on Microsoft servers and do a simple site and follow the templates and use all Microsoft products and are fortunate enough not to have any sort of problems with anything - this book might help you get off to a nice start. If you don't understand something or encounter a problem, you will need to look elsewhere for assistance. If, for some strange reason, you want to understand how anything works and what processes are generated or want to integrate features from ASP or do anything that isn't automatic with FrontPage - this isn't the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book to start with

Very good at giving a beginner C# programmer the basics for the language and the environment (Visual Studio 2k3).