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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Wow : Photoshop for Photography (Wow!)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis, Ben Willmore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A step-by-step instructional walkthrough of real projects


The collaboration of digital imagery experts Jack Davis and Ben Willmore, How To WOW Photoshop For Photography covers Adobe Photoshop 7 and later versions for both Macintosh and Windows platforms at an Intermediat to Advanced user level classification. A step-by-step instructional walkthrough of real projects teach the reader through experience to take advantage of Photoshop's ability to enhance quality and image flexibility in a very short time. An accompanying CD-ROM makes getting started simple, with easy-to-follow lessons that anyone can assimilate to improve their skills. Recommended for amateur and professional Photoshop users alike.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the book


I scored 83% in the Sun Certified Java Programmer's Exam, by going through this book in detail. I do not have a lot of programming experience, and this book prepared me thoroughly for the test. I was reading the Java 2 Certification Study Guide by Roberts, Heller and Ernest before buying this book, and I don't really know why so many people swear by that book. I found that book to be sparse in some areas, and felt that it wasn't an appropriate choice for somebody with little programming experience. Kathy Sierra's book is very well written, and it has the "exam watch" sections which prepare you for the kind of complicacies that you might face in the real exam. The practice questions at the end of each chapter are very good, and the book covers topics like inner classes, arrays and threads in detail. I saw a lot of questions on those topics in the exam.
So five thumbs up to this book! I would also recommend buying the whizlabs software, which has 610 practice questions that prepare you for the exam. The software simulation is very close to the real test, and so you are not thrown by the test taking experience when you are in that tiny room all by yourself. I also feel that beginners need to practice a lot of coding, before taking the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding


How can a designer or design team truly step back and look at their own website as someone seeing it for the first time? Yes, we may think we do -- but Steve Krug's powerful and effective concept of visualizing people's "thought balloons" as they look over your site and its navigation will change your perspective forever! Using many actual website examples, Krug and his cartoons open your mind to a clear and fundamental look at usability issues. He also skewers the personality issues on the client and developer's side that can adversely affect site building. Yet always beneath the humor is a solid foundation of concise, well grounded, and practical design principles -- among them: Five questions your home page must answer for a new viewer; Six elements ALL your pages should have; and importantly, when and how to do usability testing (on a budget, no less).Common sense never seemed so sensible before! Among my many web design books, this one is on the top of the stack.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the book for SQL Developers/DBAs


I have about $2000 worth of the book on asp.net, cfml, Microsoft SQL server, Oracle DB book, and other tech related books. Most of the books I had are poorly written and the authors are trying to make "quick buck". This book is very well written and in-depth of Microsoft SQL Server. Highly recommanded!