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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PMP Exam Prep - a MUST USE resource for PMP Exam

This text is unequivocally a must read if you are planning to take the PMP exam. Of particularly value is the strategy described for studying for, understanding the exam and getting in "exam mode".
With little time to continually study, I used this text to cut to the chase and focus on harnessing experience, knowledge and the perspective of PMI. The interpretations of formulae and real world applications are invaluable!
After taking the exam, I looked at the sources I used and can say that this book came the absolute closest to PMI's perspective on the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Hard to read. . .

I have tried hard to go through this book twice. I was disappointed about its writing each time. I would consider that is a torture to myself to finish reading this book. Not even mentioning I still have to pass the exam. . .
The good thing about this book is its exam questions. They are well-designed questions and can test your understaning.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Authors: Rick Sammon
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Lush pix and great start, but stumbles in digital darkroom.

This lushly illustrated beautifully produced book of over 500 pages attempts the daunting task of offering a complete guide to digital photography in 107 Lessons. After completing the first 3 sections on digital photography, composition, lighting, exposure, to flash-or-not-to flash and other professional insights -- including a truly outstanding PowerPoint photography course on the enclosed CD, I was ready for a 5-star rave review. That is, until I hit the section on digital image processing. That the gorgeous illustrations were taken with a pro camera, expensive lenses, etc is understandable. What is NOT acceptable is to assume that beginners (no pro would buy such a general book) would have full-version Photoshop plus special plug-ins, AND a full portfolio of pictures from which to pick material for the various examples. Rather than putting demo's, A-V lessons and what have you on the CD, the author could have matched on the CD - chapter by chapter - the photos used for Photoshop technique illustrations. For instance, gorgeous shots of the Hearst castle - one exposed for the white marble highlights, the other for the deep shadows of the outdoor pool - were overlapped as layers to give a full-exposure view from deep dark to bright white. Not to include those learn-along images (not even on the website!) demonstrates a lack of teaching experience outside of the workshop classroom environment, if not disregard for the self-teaching student's needs who might use the more popular lower cost digital imaging software titles such as Paint Shop, PS Elements or Photo Impact.
Other books do a far better - albeit less visually spectacular - job of fully explaining the hows and why's, with full-size images on a CD -- and at much lower cost to boot. Might mention Mikkel Aaland, Greg Georges, Rick Lynch and Scott Kelby [no CD, but at least you can download every one of his images]. For just-starters, nothing thus far has beat the outstanding Tutorial of PSE2 and its "recipes" for quick image correction.
Rick Simmon did a fabulous job in attractive product packaging; he writes in a fluid easy to follow conversational style, and obviously is a gifted photographer. If only he stayed with what he knows and does best, and left the teaching of imaging to others he would have a tighter, lighter and cheaper book to offer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms : The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Mario Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari, Ralph Hempel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Forget about the Lego Constructopedia

This is a great book on building Lego Mindstorms robots. The chapter topics are well chosen and Mario's enthusiasm for the topic is infectious. There are chapters on everything from the basics (geometry, gears, pneumatic theory, etc..) to different types of projects (mobile robots, grabber arms, walkers, vehicles, and games). Literally hundreds of hours worth of Lego Mindstorms projects are packed inside. Each project has a lot going for it.The photographs are of a surprising quality and it's evident the authors spared no effort in constructing them. For example, the pneumatics chapter shows a cutaway section of a piston with airflow conveniently labeled. This sort of attention to detail really helps with understanding.The book is ideal for everyone from the child who wants to make robots from popular movies, to the serious builder who wants to make a robot arm for playing chess, to the hardcore engineer who wants to make vehicles worthy of Mars exploration. I highly recommend this book, even if you just want to flip through the pages and marvel at the robots.