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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mikkel Aaland
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I thought it would fly but...

I had very high expectations of this book based on the reviews I read so I bought it. It is a lot better than the User's Manual that came with PSE 2.0 but it is not "the one" that an "advanced beginner" like myself would need. Mikkel Aaland needs to expound more on "what happens in the background when you do this..." The Missing Manual people will do better job the way these group prepare a book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Enjoyable and informative!

This book is a good primer for anyone interested in an introduction to the history, personalities and methods in cryptography. I'm not very adept at math but that didn't hamper me in reading this book. Simon Singh, as he did with his book on Fermat, takes us 'innumerates' into mind when writing his books and gives clear and concise explanations that don't get lost in jargon or presume his readers are math heads.
A fun and informative book on an important and facinating subject!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ASP.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

Okay, I've read this book completely, cover to cover. And here is what I think of it.
a) It gives you a very deep view into ASP.NET thru the .NET SDK. But carefully skims out Visual Studio. Most developers I feel will use Visual Studio to create ASP.NET pages. There are differences between the two, which this book totally ignores. So, you will have to cream the top of this book with another which addresses that aspect. The good side of that is, that it builds your fundamentals very well.
b) A lot of chapters in this concentrate on rote mugging. It gives a list of so many different parameters you can put in web.config. Who cares dude, give me practical implementations. Most people (I was), would be tempted to skip those, and leave them to real world implementations, and when it comes to real world implementations they'd forget it could even be done. In other words, this book gets too theoretical in certain chapters 7 and 9, need to give that a little more practical touch.
c) I got a paperback and the binding took a dump on me. Hate that.
d) I haven't bothered even opening the CDROM yet. Tells you how useful the CDROM has been. I found it more useful to type in the samples so I'd atleast learn something, and try filling in the gaps myself.
e) The chapter on caching in the end, needs to be rewritten I feel. It ... out too much unarranged information. I read it, understood it, but can't remember diddly because it looked like too many peices of unrelated info.
'nuff said.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book; A must read for java network programming

This book follows in the great tradition of excellence from the O'Reilly stable; as well as having great content, it's very *readable* - and has plenty of examples. Filled a gap in my quest for knowledge perfectly.