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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best VI book yet

I knew little about VI before reading this book, but I now i feel very comfortable using it. I like the layout and the fact that it has references and summaries all over the book. This is a book you will most likely use again and again. My only complaint were the chapters on advanced editing which were hard to understand if you are not versed in regular expressions (hence the 4 stars). Still, I learned much from this book, and hope you will too. VIVA Oreilly!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development with SCRUM
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Everybody loves this book, but...

...the book itself isn't really that great. SCRUM has some very interesting ideas about managing a software project, but the book is just OK. I seem to remember him saying that "it was done quickly, just in time for a conference" on his blog at one point. However, if you're going to try some SCRUM, you'll want to read this.

Additionally, you'll need this book if you're going to read his other SCRUM book (Agile Project Management w/ SCRUM) from Microsoft Press, because you'll want the background from this book for that one.

One thing that is not covered in this book is how you get management approval when you have a "process by not having a process," or how SCRUM might scale to more that 7-11 people (other than a SCRUM of SCRUMs.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good writing style, good detailed content, but only C++

I have found this book very interesting to read, and a full of resource to understand the complex issues of COM. The book also explains awsomely the issues like dlls, concept of registry, GUID etc,that are essential for writing COM. A must read for any one who wants to understand the COM with a good sense of humour.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book on the Photoshop CS!

After purchasing two other books on Photoshop CS, I discover this one by Deke McClelland. Too bad I didn't find it first. It covers the topics in a clear and comprehensive manner. It also isn't riddled with error and typos like other software manuals I recently purchased. Thank you Deke McClelland & O'Reilly! Now please write/publish a manual for every software package in the CS suite.