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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Worth borrowing

Let me first tell you that I have never owned a digital camera before. And I've experimented with Photoshop on my own before, but never received training or read any books.
I bought this book because it was highly recommended to me by someone. The introduction is titled "Read this first, before something bad happens." I read it in the bookstore, and it really hyped me up into wanting to buy the book. Don't be mislead by this section. The techniques in this book are really simple. The back cover of the book states the target audience to be intermediate to advanced -- that's hardly the case. All of the techniques in the book can be found on the web! As I following the steps outlined in the book, I couldn't help but to yelp "DUH!" The book seems to repeat the same simple and the most basic photoshop techniques in difference contexts with slight variations over and over again. With an intelligence slightly above average and some sense of adventure, there isn't much that this book can give you that you couldn't have learned on your own.
And the most annoying thing with this book is the author's antics. He really tries hard to be funny. I usually don't mind authors trying to sprinkle some humor here and there, but the author of this book goes way too far. It came to a point where after a few chapters, I got so annoyed that I slammed the book shut and started getting ticked off at the author! I'm fairly free of psychological problems.
I'm going to return this book. It's not worth keeping. I've had it for a few days, and I was able to almost commit the entire thing to memory. Not because I have photographic memory, but because the techniques are really basic, and I've tried these techniques on my own in my own way.
If you've never had experience with any photo editing software (not even cutting and pasting), then get this book (thus the 2 stars). But if you have ever fooled with photoshop for more than an hour or so, then this book isn't for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning VB.NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Matthew Reynolds, Thearon Willis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is a great book for beginers to Visual Basic .NET to learn to program in VB.NET. I just finished the 2nd chapter and already I can create basic apps. This is a great book and makes learning VB.NET VERY EASY!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Certification Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide

WOW! If I had read this book eight months ago, I would've saved myself over $6,000 (educational costs associated with preparing for the PMP exam). This study guide is amazing. The information is presented in a very user friendly format. I ABSOLUTELY love the 'exam watch' notes. They have been instrumental in preparing me for the PMI thought process associated with the exam content. The practice exams at the end of each chapter have been extremely helpful, as has been the prep material on the included CD.
My confidence is soaring! I am ready for this exam, and I owe it all to Joe Phillips and his team.........

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Design Patterns
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best entry-level title on patterns

I was pretty surprised to see the Head First team covering design patterns, since the topic easily lend to dry, academic, books. I am even more surprised by the end results,
It's the best entry-level title on patterns I ever read. The authors brilliantly managed to keep the reader engaged and cover the pattern inside their contest (unlike other books where they are in a vacuum). Be only advised that a basic understanding of Java is required to get the best out of this book