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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop CS
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Mike Wooldridge
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book for right-brainers!

I have many Photoshop books... but none of them helped me as much as this straightforward manuscript. If you consider yourself "right-brained", buy this book first... then all of the other great books will make more sense.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great but not muscular throughout

This is overrated by some reviewers. First of all, this book will suit a C++ programmer most. The writer expects the reader to have some programming experience, so you need some programming experience to read and comprehend the book. If you are a C++ programmer trying to get a taste of Java, this book must be in your shelf. Most chapters of the book are excellent, but some are very dull. The book covers the basics of the language very very well. Whenever I had some query about the basics, I opened the book, and on almost every occasion,I found the answer. The chapters on GUI are dull, those should have had figures so the reader could get the picture of what the GUI would be like for the respective code. The book should have had more figures.... This books is based on Java 2 version 1.3 RC 1. A new edition, third edition, of the book is about to hit the shelves.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of 3-D Computer Animation and Effects, Third Edition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Isaac Victor Kerlow
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Lacks depth

This book really only covers a general concept of the computer animation field. For people wanting to just unearth the mere basics and lingo, the glossary at the end of each chapter might be useful. Besides that, the book lacks any real depth to the topics discussed, and is rather disappointing when these terms are freely available online. The "Getting Ready" tips for each section was laughable, written with the assumption that readers lack common sense. Furthermore, the unorganized structure of the book meant the referenced picture in the text is in MOST cases a few pages away. My 1 star goes to the coloured pictures and the glossary.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, Sybex
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good book -- but probably not enough

Last week I successfully passed the exam with 912 out of 1000.My only book was Todd Lammle's CCNA Study Guide. Starting from scratch, this book is really helpful, and you *should* learn it by heart. However, it's only one key to success, and you need a second one : sample tests, sample tests, sample tests ! Unless you're already a network admin with years of hands-on experience on various Cisco platforms, you gotta practice again and again the sample tests.The exam is made of 50-60 questions, some of them NOT in the official scope of the exam , such as NAT or IPX. Sometimes you'll be asked for the BEST answer, not the RIGHT answer.Anyway Lammle's CCNA study guide is what you need for the theory.I would recommend 2 months studying the book , and 1 month practicing sample tests.- 4 stars out of 5 -