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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# for Java Developers
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones, Adam Freeman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Unbiased Java /.Net C# comparison, with good topic depth

The author does a good job of describing both the similarities and the differences of the Java 1.4 and .Net, C# languages, API's, without any percievable bias to either. The depth of coverage for both the language, API core's is very good. The depth of coverage for the enterprise topics, e.g., JDBC/ADO, Remoting, web services, XML, etc... is also very good.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Illustrator 10
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Mike Wooldridge, Michael Toot
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thank God for this book.

I work in web programming, and I'm learning Illustrator for some projects I'm doing. This program is INCREDIBLY complex, and even though I'm very familiar with Photoshop, Illustrator is like a mirror maze. Everything you think you recognize is really an illusion.
After failing miserably at learning the program through a few hours of trial and error, I decided I definitely needed a book to help me. After signing out a number of different Adobe Illustrator books from the library and devouring them, I still wasn't sure what the heck was going on. Sure, I knew lots of stuff I could do, but no one ever bothered to tell me how to work the tools I had to use! I wanted remedial help here. I can firgure out the rest of it once I know how the darned program works.
So finally, I stumbled across Teach Yourself Visually. And thank God I did. These people understand that when you're learning a new program, you need to learn the interface before you can do anything else. Apparently this simple logic is something that MOST manual writers can't grasp.
It's not as big a book as many of the other Illustrator manuals I've read--in fact, it's positively normal-sized. And most of the book is taken up by big full-color screenshots. In fact, that's how you learn with this book. Lots of big full-color screenshots, showing you step-by-step how to operate the program. Each screenshot has a caption telling you just what's going on in the picture, what tools, settings, and menu options you need to select, etc.
As far as I'm concerned, this book is perfect. To be honest, I think its usefulness is limited. It's not one of those tomes of arcane lore that you lovingly refer to every time you work on a project. It's a simple, bottom-line tutorial. But that just makes it more important.
I'm not a stupid person. I've taught myself things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Javascript with only minimal help from any kind of reference manual. So trust me: you NEED this book if you want to learn Illustrator within a year. Once you finish it, then move on to all those cool books like The Essential Illustrator. You'll keep those around for a while. But the buck starts here.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

If you are ready to prepare for the PMI PMP exam....you must purchase this book! It will provide the structure, information and insight that you will need to prepare for this complex exam. This book both compliments, and summarizes, PMBOK into an easy to follow study plan.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Stuart J. Russell, Peter Norvig
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A landmark in AI textbooks

The publication of this textbook was a major step forward, not only for the teaching of AI, but for the unified view of the field that this book introduces. Even for experts in the field, there are important insights in almost every chapter. I recommend it to anyone who wants to have an introductory overview of the state of AI. And I recommend it to experts in the field, who will enjoy its unified description of the field. I especially enjoyed the introductory chapter and the chapter on philosophical issues. I have taught from this book three times now, and it has improved my AI class hugely.