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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Guitars on fire

The entire book is about Jello, Jelly, Wooden and Chrome stuff. I have never as many bad taste ugly effects in one place my entire life. There is a BIG difference between knowing a software and knowing about design. We all know how to write but only few of us are writers. the book teaches you how for example how to ad RED flames to a GREEN guitar. Make wooden text. Lots of Jelly buttons and interfaces. I am very dissapointed, go buy a book writen about a designer, about basic principles of graphic design if you are a beginner and stay away from this book, it won't do you any good. Please excuse my English.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I passed the test because of this book!!

I passed the PMP exam in March, 2001 after using this book, and the PMBOK. I followed the study guidelines exactly as laid out in the book. The test is somewhat more difficult than the tests in the book, and of course, there are the trick questions, but you will go in a lot more confident if you can study the way Rita recommends. This books points out "PMI-isms" to watch for, and that helped me a lot. I only studied about 50 hours for the exam over the course of one month. I did no other reading than this book and the PMBOK. I have been a project manager for about 6 years and I had to make sure I didn't let my real life experiences and other training I had previously cloud my thinking as I studied - another thing this books warns you about. I recommend this book very highly if you want to pass the PMP exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cryptography and Cryptanalysis without the math!

Singh has achieved an awesome feat: to write a book about a heavy weight technical topic that is almost impossible to put down. He portrays the evolution of codes as a struggle between those wanting to ensure privacy of communication (the cryptographer) versus those who want to pry (the cryptanalysts). The ever more complex enciphering and encoding is demonstrated in a very lucid way. Great book, money well spent.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another great book from the Deitel team

Superb. This book shows how it should be done. It covers just about everthing you need to know about C# - web services, XML, database access - it's all here in one book.
The many examples illustrate the concepts very well, and I particularly like the useful tips, 'common programming errors' and 'good programming practice' advice.
Surprisingly, the material is also accessible to people new to programming. There's sufficient introductory material (which experienced programmers can skip over) to allow program novices to start programming with C# - no need to start with Basic in a DOS window!
I have a few other books on C#, but this is easily the best.