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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth every cent


Over the past year I have purchased about 5 different XML books. I bought each book because they had at least one chapter on XSL - most XML books had nothing. Finally, a book comes out the discusses in depth everything you wanted to know about XSL translations. I like the book because it covers all of the currently available XSL parsers. This book is excellent for the Web developer or programmer who is interested in using XML/XSL translations. The book is an excellent companion to Wrox's other XML book, "Professional XML."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop 7 Wow! Book
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
WOW! What A Disappointment


Beginning on page 1, and continuing throughout the book, a very strange 2 column format is used. The left column is narrow, smaller in font, and in italics. Color graphics and pictures can and do occur with great frequency in both columns. At first glance this format may seem at least somewhat visually appealing, but don't be fooled. Typically I do not need "directions" or a "road map" for reading a book -- but here is an exception. Nowhere (at least nowhere that I have been able to find) does the author give any hint of a suggested strategy to using for reading this material. What relationship does material in the small left column have with material in the right column? Which should I read first? Just as my confusion became frustration I got to page 9 where I note "5 separate visually distinct elements." At the top I note the now-familiar two columns; this is then interrupted by some type of an example (no caption) spread horizontally across the middle of the page. At the bottom of the page there are again two columns (Although this time they are equal in width, each headed with a gray-shaded mast and a gray mark on the left margin.) In trying to understand the material on this page I see nothing on the preceding or following pages that are helpful to me. Nor does the material at the top seem to relate to what is at the bottom (or in the middle, for that matter).
It occurs to me that this is a wonderful example of graphic design gone wrong. Just because it CAN be done doesn't mean it SHOULD be done. Others have raved about the content of this book. I can't seem to get to the actual content. I can't figure out exactly how or where to begin.
Anyone interested in Photoshop 7 probably has more than a passing interest in overall visual appeal. Unfortunately, Jack fell off the curve somewhere. Simple was -- and still is -- elegant. Context that completely overwhelms content is mind-numbing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Services with Java : Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Steve Graham, Doug Davis, Simeon Simeonov, Glen Daniels, Peter Brittenham, Yuichi Nakamura, Paul Fremantle, Dieter Koenig, Claudia Zentner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Business and Technical Insight


Very useful book for a technology and business consultant. Look forward to the next edition!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best background COM book


If you are a COM developer, you need (at least) two books on your shelf, "ATL Internals", and this one (Grime's books are pretty good too). After you start to dig around in ATL, you will see the heritage that came from this book. This is no mere regurgitation of MSDN, it is one of the works that blazed the COM trail, akin to Stroustups's C++ book.
This is the best book to understand COM (all of it - like monikers) from the bottom-up.