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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Cut Express 2 Editing Workshop (DV Expert Series)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Tom Wolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Now We're Getting Somewhere


At last, here is a book on FCE that gets you up and running with tutorial materials and an instructor who really knows his stuff. Tom Wolsky is a long time veteran in film and video production (nearly 40 years), brings years of experience working for ABC news into his current profession as a Final Cut teacher at Stanford University, and has established a solid curriculum with his titles on Final Cut Pro which in turn have been distilled into the first real title which sits one down and TEACHES Final Cut Express.
With the help of tutorial materials on the supplied disc (which you need a DVD rom to access, by the way), you are given sample clips to import, slice, dice, edit and organize into full blown projects as Mr. Wolsky leads you through 11 fast-paced yet comprehensive lessons in video production. I had previously purchased the Visual Quickstart and Dummies books for FCE, both of which explained in their way what the program could do, but don't really teach it. I felt like I understood more about it in the first three chapter/lessons in this title than in both of those other books combined. That's what I get for being impatient.
Also on the DVD is an in-depth look at working in Final Cut vs. iMovie, which made me glad I didn't get too used the lesser program; as Wolsky puts it, it's like the difference between an automatic and a stick shift car, with the added benefit of Final Cut's non-destructive process.
So if you're ready to get serious with your video, and want to start learning Final Cut Express with hands-on projects that will have you actually understanding the program as you go, you can't go wrong with this title, especially at such a low price compared to other such books. Highly recommended for the serious novice videophile!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good PL/SQL book


I've been reading couple SQL books. This is the most complete and easy to follow.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead the People Who Deliver Technology
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Authors: Paul Glen, David H. Maister, Warren G. Bennis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Useful tips on leading, poor sections on management


There's excellent advice and concrete suggestions for a lot of the important things about leadership, particularly for those at the top of the hierarchy. Everything from the concrete pieces such of the work environment like the office space to the fuzzy pieces like the vision, mission, and keeping the team working well together are dead-on.
The management sections (chapters 10 and 11) delve deeper into management and organizational practices but aren't effective. IT describes methodologies at a high level ("waterfall" is usually bad, "RAD" is usually good), but goes into enough detail that you start to get lost in the descriptions of them and miss out on what is trying to be conveyed about what makes a good or bad methodology for a team. A similar thing happens when "project roles" are mentioned. There's also a pretty nasty technical error -- it describes the Microsoft Solutions Framework, then states that it's used internally at Microsoft. If so, I've never seen it, and it's not identical to our best practices.
Still, don't let that get you down. The first nine chapters make this well worth reading.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
TOP OF THE LINE


Without a doubt this is the most clearly written book in the "Dummies" series.
Ms. Collier has captured the essence of Ebay and provided an easy route from Tenderfoot to Turbo-Ebayer in a quick and entertaining read.
The section on accounting is particularly well written and I highly commend it to your attention.
If you buy any book on Ebay, buy this one.