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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 Complete Course
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Jan Kabili
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice journey


I just travelled through this book, Photoshop Elements Complete Course, and it was a great journey. I saw a few books on Photoshop Elements the past year and must say this was the best, but for all most enjoyable, book I saw. I learned a lot about the program and it makes me want want to put things in practice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good for intermediate programmers just starting with .NET


Since I have already read a few C# books, the only thing I liked about this book was the multi-threaded programming chapter.
The introduction to Object Oriented programming didn't belong in this book, since most of the rest of the book was aimed at intermediate level developers. Some of the coverage of the C# language also had too much detail for the intermediate level programmer.
For learning about C#, you are better off with "A Programmer's Introduction to C#" by Eric Gunnerson. For learning about .NET you are better off with "Introducing .NET" from Wrox.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I rescued this book from a trash can!


True. One boss replaced another and cleared the "old junk" from the office bookshelves. I picked this gem up and out of a trash can, hurried to my office, and did a little dance with the book clutched to my chest!
In the past eight years, I have read and re-read this book more times than I can remember - always amazed at its clarity and always learning something new. I've used the cut-thru-the-crap ideas it holds to get my point across in business, research, education, manufacturing, and web design. Anytime somebody tells me I have a knack for simplifying complicated ideas I smile and think of this book. IT'S GREAT!
Oh, and the new boss? He's gone.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
She gets on your nerves!


The author managed to flaw a almost-perfect book by being so obnoxiously annoying. The book is excellent in all but one aspect: the author constantly tells you not to be a wimp and talking to you down from her (unreachable) pedestal. That cost her the 5th star.

On the other hand, she completely knocked my socks off by condensing most of graphic design's principles in a few, very clear and straight-foward concepts: the CRAP principle (even the acronym is memorable!).

If you're a newbie to graphic design, or even if you're a seasoned artist, this is a great book. I only recommend you don't forget your Prozac...

Albeit what was said above, I didn't hesitate to buy her other book, 'The Non-Designer's Type Book', which I now regret.

If you're confident in your learning skills, I recommend Roger C. Parker's 'One Minute Manager', although not as mnemonically-centered, much more thorough and brilliant.