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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Computer Book I Have Ever Owned!

I thought that I was very knowledgeable about Windows scripts but after reading this book I found out how much more I needed to know. I needed a jump start on the changes and new features and this book was that and more. I especially liked the examples and work arounds, but the reference part alone was worth the cost of the book. I would recommend this book at twice the price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Getz, Paul Litwin, Andy Baron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Access Cookbook - "The Recipe For Success!"

This book rates at the very top of my lenghty list, as the finest Microsoft Access book on the market!
The information is well written and easy to understand yet not over-simplified to the point of losing usefulness.
I am a year and a half into developing an ACCESS Multi-user Database for Flight Simulations and Management. Access Cookbook was put to use the first day. I implemented the "Mail Program" from chapter 10 and everyone loves it. I also found some solutions that had been very elusive. I can now monitor who is currently logged into my database and then use the "Mail Program" to send them messages in real time.
I can NOT say enough good things about this book - if you use Access, you NEED this book! My hats off to the authors!
Sincerely,William A. Dobisky

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Structured Analysis and System Specification
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Tom Demarco, P. J. Plauger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Now I understand what college tried to teach!

Many of the concepts adressed in Systems Analysis and Design classes are explained here in an easy to read and easy to understand format. The concepts are backed up with examples that help the reader to conceptualize the main points. I used to struggle with what I though I learned from my college classes, this book turned on the light!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a great place to start

I don't know how many years ago I first read Robin William's "A Mac is not a Typewriter." It started me thinking from a designer's point of view. I've read several of her books since and recommend them to my students, this one especially.
This book is an excellent introduction to typography, and using typography in design for a beginner and a good refresher for the more experienced. Williams explains technical terms with a lightness and ease I envy. She makes good design concepts seem obvious not obscure or difficult. This is an excellent primer and reading it would benefit countless self-trained desktop publishers.