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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Authors: Rick Sammon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy Reading, Easy Learning

Here is a book that truly is a "complete guide to digital photography". It covers all the bases and does so in a friendly and easy to understand way. A gallery of several hundred color photographs complements and reinforces the text. On each page, the author informs the reader what to do and then shows the results using interesting photographs he has captured from his travels around the world. Each page is an instructional `show and tell, tell and show'. This is a great book by a noted photographer and writer. To the publisher's credit the book is well designed, printed on quality paper, and the reproductions of photographs are of the highest quality.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Ben Forta, Nate Weiss, Leon Chalnick, Angela C. Buraglia
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the most charismatic technical writer ever borned

Even if you don't want to learn Cold Fusion you cannot avoid it. I prefer reading that book at the bed instead of a novel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training (Hands on Training (H.O.T))
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Garo Green
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Cutesy and Wordy

I should warn you up front that MX 2004 is the first version of Dreamweaver I've used, and this is the only book on Dreamweaver I've gone through. Veterans of Dreamweaver may have a different perspective on this book.
That said, the book isn't wearing well for me. I have so far worked through Chapter 7, and taken frequent peeks at the chapters to come. At first, I was impressed by the detailed and numerous screen shots, but then I began noticing all kinds of small discrepancies between the text and the screen shots.
Furthermore, I'm using the Mac version of the software. If you only read Chapter 1 in the bookstore, it looks as if Mac and Windows screen shots get about equal time. In point of fact, don't expect to see any Mac screen shots after Chapter 2, and some of the ones that are included are misleading and/or mislabeled. I realize that there must have been great time pressure to get this book out near the release date for the software, but it would have been nice to have a Mac user work through and proofread this book.
Finally, I find the writing style irritating. There are lots of smileys in the text, which make it seem much less professional to me, and the author tries to keep a conversational tone, but it often just seems too cute.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A First Look at Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for Developers
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bob Beauchemin, Niels Berglund, Dan Sullivan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitive Yukon Book

The first place I look for anything data related is Bob Beauchemin. His 30 years of industry database experience gives him total mastery in all things data. I met Bob at a Win-Dev speakers dinner last year and he as humble as he is knowldegeable. I am totally jazzed to see him team up with DM collegue and my friend Neils Berglund, as well as Dan Sullivan to ship the book Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for Developers. The first Yukon book out there, it's so great (I have been reading it the last 4 days) that its bound to become the definitive Yukon book to understand all the vital concepts. Highly Recomended!!