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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Deke McClelland, Galen Fott
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Much Better Than The Manual

I learned a lot from this book and it really turned Photoshop from something intimidating into a very powerful tool that I now enjoy using. My photos are much better now and my wife is amazed at how well I can salvage seemingly "ruined" pictures.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rich Schiesser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

IT Systems Management is a valuable reference for the whole IT community.It is written in a clear style, with a lot of useful lists and worksheets.I definitely recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning C# Objects: From Concepts to Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jacquie Barker, Grant Palmer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book

Indeed an excellent book. I paid over twice the cost of the book for an online course on object modelling and the calibre of this book is far superior.

The detail of the highlights of this book have already been covered by other reviewers.

My $0.02 - it would be great if the author could publish suggested solutions to the exercises on her website. May I venture to suggest even vetting solutions sent in by readers(that may save you the time and effort), or even a group on yahoo for this purpose - heck, here it is - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSharp_OO

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive and gentle

Depending on what level of rigor one wishes, this is either an excellent book or an adequate book.
First, the negatives -- this book is several years old, and the cryptography community moves as rapidly as most other computer industries. So, it feels dated, and completely misses out on the AES candidates and the AES winner, Rijndael.
The positives -- this book is comprehensive. It covers practically all topics of modern cryptography in some detail, and -- the real gem of the book -- contains a bibliography with over 1500 entries. This book also provides for a wonderfully gentle introduction to cryptography; it doesn't assume the reader already knows the subject.
Where this book is likely to falter is in the rigorousness category -- this book was not intended for a mathematical or theoretical work. This book was intended to convey the ideas of cryptography to people who would be asked to implement cryptographic protocols or schemes designed by others. As such, I feel it does a good job.
Those that are more experienced may find the book useful for its comprehensive bibliography: check the table of contents for subjects, read the passages, and track down the references. Very easy, and very fast. (... has links to many of the references, though without the topical index afforded by the text.)