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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

The quickest way to summarize how valuable this book is to me is a quick story. We had a fire alarm at work. I grabbed my cell phone, my jacket, my palm, and this book. Everything else stayed. I credited the first edition with helping me graduate. It is so highly thought of in the office that we fight over who gets which edition. If you find yourself getting ... with some ActionScript thing, buy this book. You won't be disappointed. I can't count how many times I spent hours trying to figure something out and then found out how to get around it within 10 minutes with this book. It is a tremendous reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Julie C. Meloni
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Enough apache

If you are new to webservers and are trying to set yourself a windows Apache server, do not - I mean do not buy this book. It skims through the APACHE examples and gives very little assistance. It does not separate Windows from Linux so you can clearly follow what it is that you are supposed to do. It is out of date on downloading from the Apache website and leaves you with no idea if you have downloaded the correct version or not. I installed/uninstalled Apache and read the chapter many times in the hopes that had missed something. I never got it to work. I will be trying to return it although I opened the CD as a last resort and still did not find the assistance that I seeked. I am very disappointed with SAMS for allowing this book to be published. More resources should go into getting APACHE up and running. The troubleshooting is a joke - it assumes many things for a beginner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: David D. Busch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Digital Photography for Smarties!

This is one all-in-one book that is truly comprehensive! I was surprised at both the breadth and depth of coverage. I really liked the approach, too. The first section, "Book I" contains chapters that quickly summarize the essentials of digital photogaphy and image editing, providing both overviews and helpful advice. This part would make a pretty good stand-alone pocket reference on its own. The same topics are covered in more depth in later chapters of the book, but without needless repetition. The later sections pick up where the introductory chapters leave off. Book II is a useful set of chapters on building your own digital photography studio, with lots of advice on selecting equipment and accessories. Book III has pro-level advice on taking great photos, with long, detailed chapters on close-up photography, sports, travel, portraiture, and shooting for publication. The other books show you how to edit and restore digital photographs with applications like Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, and Paint Shop Pro. All in all, I loved this book. If you're going to buy only one book on digital photography, this is the one you need.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing Information Technology (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: E. Wainright E. Martin, Carol V Brown, Daniel W DeHayes, Jeffrey A Hoffer, William C Perkins, E. Wainright Martin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Or what managing IT used to be

I like the book because it tells so well where the Information technology is coming from. A strong plus is the excellent collection of case studies provided. This is the best part of the book. By themselves, they are worth the purchase of the book.
Part I of the book, is a review of the technology base and provides the MIS literacy required for the rest of the text. For a current practionner, it can be skipped over without missing much.
Part II presents the application of IT. It covers all the bases but would benefits by an update to include the most recents developments. Particularly, the e-commerce section is too general to be very useful in this new century.
Part III covers the acquisition process very well.
Finally Part IV would be a good introduction to another book about strategic planning for IT.
Overall a good textbook for a would be Manager in a fast moving field.