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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Java 1.5 Enhancements


Last semester, I used this book for a Java Programming class. I commend the Deitel and Deitel to be one of the first authors to cover the many features of Java 1.5. And, believe me there are numerous enhancements that were added to Java 1.5.

You do want a book that starts off with the enhancements as opposed to one that mentions them in an appendix as an afterthought.

The students seem to like the fact that the authors thoroughly explain every line of every example.





Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2002 Comprehensive Concepts and Techniques
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Philip J. Pratt, Mary Z. Last, Phillip J. Pratt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


Excellent book. The book goes through access step by step. It shows you visually what the screen should look like after you performed the given tasks. It is very comprehensive and touches on every aspect of the program step by step.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Lucky Pick


The shelves at the bookstore bowed from the weight of the VB books available. I thumbed through each. Before plunking down my hard earned money, I would make sure the book was what I needed. I'm a fulltime CIS major, but just didn't feel I was comprehending VB from the class. The class textbook was like a cheap dictionary: a blurb, a syntax example and it moved on. I can still hear the swell of the violins in the love story that began when I started using Halvorson's book. Imagine my joy when he lovingly told me, "I don't want to waste any of your time. Let's write a user interface and that done... you don't have to do it anymore, I'll do it for you." This may sound silly, but I was THAT pleased. As you go through the lessons, the material provided on the CD allows you to concentrate on just that lesson objective. To use an analogy, it's like learning to sew and when it comes time to learn setting in sleeves, the dress is completely done except the sleeve. You complete the sleeve and wear the dress to town. I may be raving, but I really am that pleased with the book. Even the conversational language tone is respectful of my time and my intelligence. One last word: My 14-year old son saw my first program (a slot machine type game) and wrote it himself with no frustration and much gratification - now that's cool!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for all levels of Photoshop Users


This book as well as the other "Down & Dirty Tricks" books have been an absolute asset. I could not recommend them more to a Photoshop user, whether it's for print design (which is what I do), digital photography, or web design. The reason why I praise this book so much is because of the ease of use. The tips are step-by-step and easy to understand. Mr. Kelby does not fall into speaking a language that only professionals understand, and for that this book is a great tutor. While it can be compared to learning how to play music without actually knowing how to read musical notes, the information is definitely invaluable.