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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Richard Lynch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Full of info but definitely a "college level" course


When I first read this book I was overwhelmed by the information and have had to struggle through all of the technical work. There is so much to learn, and much of it is technical. That said, Mr. Lynch goes out of his way to help his readers, and includes extra tools on his website as well as a forum. The extra tools alone pay for the book - he includes Curves and demonstrates how valuable this is. He also has tools to give you great photo frames, etc, with a few quick moves. If you are willing to put in hours learning to achieve his results you will be very happy with this book. If you simply wish a basic beginning book on Elements this is NOT the book for you. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to be proficient with Elements 2. I am going to buy the Elements 3 book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Peachpit Press Made a Mistake with This One


I'm a big fan of Peachpit Press's Visual Quickstart Guides -- in fact, when people ask me for advice on learning to make web pages, I don't hesitate to recommend Elizabeth Castro's HTML for the World Wide Web. However, the 3rd edition of this book is a huge disappointment and truly did nothing to help me understand JavaScript and how it works. It really doesn't even have many good or original scripts in it!
Interestingly enough, I had an earlier edition of this book (I can't remember whether it was the 1st or 2nd edition) which, although written by different authors, was equally unhelpful.
I've gotten far more out of Joe Burns' online JavaScript tutorials at Earthweb.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Awful


I don't understand why people rave about this book. Whenever I try to use it as a reference, I end up even more confused then when I started out. I find that I can usually guess the answer to a problem or else just "do it like they do it in C" rather than trying to find a good example to follow in this book. For example, after reading the section on doing formatted printing statements using "fprintf" I was thoroughly confused. I tried using the function just like C does and it worked, but I would have spent days trying to figure out the syntax from this book's explaination. I don't know of a better book, but I would suggest you keep looking for something else.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Intrusion Detection (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Judy Novak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Full of depth!


This book's coverage on intrusion detection is out of my expectation. It covers not only technical information on various attacks, but it also contains valuable materials on management issues. Topics on Mitnick Attack, Filters and Signatures, Future Directions, DOS, Business Case for Intrusion Detection are particular interesting and useful. Overall, this book is very well written and it will be useful to all of you who are network security practitioner or consultant.