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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver 4 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Joseph W. Lowery, Kevin Lynch
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
whatever


i'm wondering if these other reviewers are rating books based on comparison to other books or after having read just a particular book(as in this case, DW 4 bible)
this is the most random and unorganized book i've read...it's not as bad and random as dreamweaver 4 visual quickstart guide but.. it's getting there... if i wanted to learn html, i would have gotten a html book. it tries too hard. i'm wondering how much these kids will retain the material they've read in this book. sometimes less is more.after having read this and photoshop 6 bible, the BIBLE series has lost all of my credibility.
well, i'll just say, INSIDE DREAMWEAVER 4 by NEW RIDERS is 123123123 times better... organized well in a efficiently readable format, sticks to the point, and furthermore, a pleasure to read. a more in depth look at DW in my opinion.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robot Building for Beginners
Publisher: Apress
Authors: David Cook
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A better title...Basic Electronics with a Robot Example


I don't dislike this book, but I don't find it all that useful in terms of robotic design. It does have good coverage of very basic electronics for the beginner, with crystal clear photos to show you the ropes. Don't know how to use a multimeter or know what a resistor is? This book is for you. However, if you want to know how to control, say a servo, you only get a brief paragraph telling you what one is. The book seems to do a lot of that--telling you what something does, but not giving you enough information to do something with it. For most of the book, you get a sense that the author simply looked through an electronics catalog, selected some key parts, and wrote a brief discription of what kinds there are, and what they do. Along the way, he shows how you can use those parts to make a simple robot. This would be a good book to accompany another more applications-based book (or online site) on electronics (e.g. Radio Shack's Forrest Mimms Enginner's Notebooks, Practical Electronics for Inventors, etc.). In terms of robotics, unforunately, you get one simple example and that's it. Very frustrating for those who want to make something more than a simple sandwhich box that follows a line. (It's a clever little design, nevertheless). With all bad things said, I do think the book has positives. It has many helpful hints for selecting parts, tips for prototyping, and is writen in a friendly, easy-to-read style. For those who know nothing at all about electronics and aren't too interested in robots, but more interested in basic electronics--5 stars. For those who have more than rudimentary knowledge of electronics and looking for a variety of robots projects--1 star.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a great book!


I found this book to an excellent tutorial on building your own PC. The book actually goes through building 5 different machines optimized for 5 different applications. It explains in clear understandable language the requirements for each system and the components chosen to build each one. The authors explain why they chose the parts they picked and the tradeoffs they went through during the constuction of these systems with enough detail that the reader can build a similar system with different priorities on the tradeoffs and wind up with the perfect system. I am an experienced PC builder and I found the information useful and I learned somethings I didn't know. I feel the book is well written so that even someone with no experience building a PC could successfully complete any of the projects described in the book. There are many useful constuction hints and lots of pictures.



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
The Top XSLT Reference Book - Full Stop


The book is written by the top XSLT Guru and it is written extremely well. The book describes the concepts and the thinking behind the concepts related to XML/XSLT. Without this book I could not have understood many basic concepts of XSLT. I share over 95% positive views written by other users/readers. There is one extra comment which I can add - "This book is a 'serious MUST HAVE' for an XML/XSLT developer".