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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Definitely a Definitive Guide - But Is That What You Want?


If you're looking for a complete reference on the JavaScript programming language, this is it. This book teaches the JavaScript language from the ground up and includes a very complete reference section.
On the other hand, if all you want is to write or understand JavaScript in its most common use - providing a little more dynamic content in web pages than can be done with html alone - the book may be overkill. For example, in addition to the useful sections on client side JavaScript - the JavaScript that you include in your web pages to be run in the client's browser - there are even larger sections that are really only useful for server side JavaScript - as if anyone uses JavaScript on the server side. As an experienced C, C++, and Java programmer, I had to wade through quite a bit of redundant material before I could effectively use the book to answer the simple questions I had.
In addition, some critical issues about using client side JavaScript are omitted from the book. For example, there is a chapter on security, but it only covers security issues applicable to the user - that with modern browsers, it's pretty safe for the user to allow JavaScripts to run. Issues pertaining to the security of the web site and the server it runs on - far more important to someone writing JavaScript code - are omitted. The book even provides a very unsafe example of allowing a client side script to calculate sales tax, which if used would make it easy for someone to tell your site he owed less tax than he really did, leaving the website owner holding the bag. It would have been better to include these server security issues and omit the client security issues.
Still, this book will let you find the answers to your questions, even if it does take longer than it seems like it should.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent language introduction and reference


This is a perfect introduction to the language and reference work. It doesn't have deep coverage of the class libraries, it focuses on the central languages features in the first two sections and then covers their application in the second and third. But it's the first section of the book, which covers each of the core language features (variables, conditionals, class use, class construction, collections and data structures, etc.) where the book shines the brightest.
I don't having anything particularly negative to say about the book. The code samples are brief and use sparingly. There aren't many screenshots, and I prefer it that way. The text is well written and concise. And the author sticks to the central themes of each section without delving into the minutiae.
This book is O'Reilly at it's best, well written and edited, built specifically with the engineer in mind, and taking the time to develop and refine a work that helps the reader as opposed to inflating the author.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Dan Newland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Study Material


This is the only source of study that one needs to ace the A+ Test, not only did I pass the test with high scores but useful in the real world environment. David Groth realize when writing this book that there's tons of A+ book on the market that prepares test takers and sometimes with no efficiency, this guide gives you the benefits to perform your job as a Technician with ease and the ability to pass succesfully, and the CD has good practice test simulations for both exams. A MUST HAVE !! GOOD Job David.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS: The Art of Photographing Women
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Kevin Ames
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Pleasure to Learn From


This is an excellent book for Photoshop CS users. There is a great deal to be gained from it. As an explorer of Adobe Photoshop, I find the explanations and information to be clear and helpful. The design of the book is attractive. A great addition to your collection of books on Photoshop, even if you are not a professional. Could a later edition expand with the inclusion of a CD?