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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best XML Book Selling So Far


This book is really cool, however, I wish the author gave more examples on variables. It's worth the money to buy this book. I spent 2 days on XML tutorial, and it was a waste of my time, I was so frustrated, then I found this book. The Bible series is very good. I own a bunch of them. The book has a companion CD which is extremely helpful, also included is the XML/XSL compiler, very handy. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book. I'm a fan of the Bible series ever. I rated this book 4 stars because I would love to have more examples on variables, more on how to create XML tags in Java. In overall, it's the best in XML so far.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Paul Jensen, Paul Bertucci
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent documentation


Finally a book that does more than just explain string functions and other basic stuff



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mikkel Aaland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Way To Learn Photoshop Elements 2!


This is a wonderfully written and super informative book. Recently I bought Photoshop Elements 2 and just dived right into it with this book, without first checking the manual or other sources. It was an easy and fun way to learn the program. As a psychology professor, I often determine if instructional texts are written with the student in mind. Mikkel Aaland certainly did that every step of the way in this book, such as, repeating the same steps as they occurred in each subsection, so the reader doesn't have to look back in the book to find the steps. From what I can tell, this is not often done in instruction books on digital photography or computer programs. When I wasn't sure why Mikkel Aalnad did what he did in the book, even though I was able to do it, I checked the manual after completing the steps in the book. The explanation in the program manual typically made a lot of sense to me, after using a particular tool or technique from the book. I found it much easier to understand a tool or technique, once I had gone through the steps and had seen the result. One example of this is the use of a layer with a gradient mask and relating the gradient to black and white colors. I don't believe I would have been able to understand the sketchy way all of that is presented in the program manual without first having done it and seen the results using this book. This is a must have book for someone starting out with Photoshop Elements. More advanced users will also pick up some valuable techniques from the book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QuickBooks 2005 For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen L. Nelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hints from the Author


People rather commonly write me and ask whether they should get this book, QuickBooks 2005 for Dummies, or the QuickBooks All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies. So let me post my standard answer to this question...

If you want help with tbe basics--say you're brand new to QuickBooks or small business bookkeeping and you just want to get started--I recommend QuickBooks 2005 for Dummies. QuickBooks 2005 for Dummies doesn't delve into every nook and cranny. Rather, it gives you enough information to do reasonable small business bookkeeping for your business ... and with a minimal amount of headache and heartbreak.

If you already know the basics of QuickBooks or want to be as sophisticated as possible in your accounting and financial management, I recommend the QuickBooks All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies. That book covers everyhing the regular "QuickBooks 2005 for Dummies" title does... and then a whole lot more. The QuickBooks All-in-One Reference for Dummies, for example, does delve into every nook and cranny... and it covers related topics, too, such as using QuickBooks data to do financial analysis.

Hope that helps...

Steve Nelson