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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NOT for beginners

This edition of "ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide" is truly definitive. Its language reference alone has almost doubled, when compared to what featured in the previous edition. A lot of new methods, classes, objects, and properties have been added. Also, there are hundreds of new code examples which simplified the latest techniques of Flash MX: thus making tasks like: how to create reusable components, draw circles, save data to disk, preload variables and convert arrays to onscreen tables, more understandable.This book is really superb. Its beauty is that it analyzed every aspect of Flash MX tools, including all the undocumented and misdocumented features.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Firefox and Thunderbird Garage (The Garage Series)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Chris Hofmann, Marcia Knous, John Hedtke
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exactly what the mechanic ordered

What a delightful book! I've been using Mozilla Firefox for a little over a year now, having switched from Internet Explorer because of security concerns and other annoyances (such as pop-up ads).

Converting to Firefox was essentially seamless, so I never felt the need to read up on anything. I basically used the browser in its default setup. I did notice some divergence in how Firefox appeared between my laptop and desktop, although I'd used the same downloaded file to install, but shrugged it off as too minor to bother with.

Well, now I'm armed and dangerous, and Firefox is tuned up to a "T." What did it take? A couple of hours of reading (mostly during television commercials) and then about another hour to implement all the neat stuff I learned.

Thanks to the Firefox & Thunderbird Garage, my security settings are tweaked, my Bookmarks ordered, and my search techniques oh-so-refined. A Firefox Bookmarks Folder is now on both machines, including RSS feeds (ooh, I get all quivery just saying that). I've installed extensions such as AdBlock (which filters images and banner ads), Magpie (which downloads in bulk) and the Googlebar (not just for IE any more).

The book also motivated me to begin using Thunderbird instead of Outlook Express as my e-mail client. I should have done this long ago; it's incredibly easy, and reading the Firefox & Thunderbird Garage was the impetus I needed.

The only drawback to this book is the usual one when dealing with software-trying to keep pace with the product's upgrade cycle.

But while some of the screenshots may have changed, the information was on-target and exactly what the mechanic ordered!
An excellent book, well worth the read!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Planning Extreme Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kent Beck, Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Recommended not ONLY for XP planers

Kent Beck and Martin Fowler wrote an excellent book about the planing process for Extreme Programming (XP). Although it helps to have read Kent Beck's 'Extreme Programming Explained', I found the book useful even without knowing too much about XP beforehand.
The book is easy to read (more like a story then a scientific book) and well structured. Beck and Fowler also let the reader focused on the importent issues and did not try to discuss every possible sub-case (which they could have done very easily to blow up the size of the book).
Knowing Addision-Wesley quality books, I was a little disappointed about the way the book was put together. E.g. 'Velocity' is defined (using bold letters) on page 43, but that page is not mentioned in the index.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Quantitative Models for Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking : Data Envelopment Analysis with Spreadsheets and DEA Excel Solver (International Series in Operations Research & Management Science)
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Joe Zhu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
very good DEA book and software

This is the DEA book has many DEA models that you can apply with the software supplied. The software is an Excel Add-In which can be easily used. The book also has good intro. on DEA. It is a book for both DEA beginner and advanced users.