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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Resilient Storage Networks : Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructures (Digital Press Storage Technology (Paperback))
Publisher: Digital Press
Authors: Greg Schulz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
In-depth and comprehensive information on storage networking

Resilient Storage Networks picks up where other books leave off. The author walks the reader through the fundamentals of storage networking and then dives deep into the data storage technologies used in building a resilient storage infrastructure. Business continuation, data management, protection and recovery, networking access interfaces and protocols, cabling, distance extension, storage I/O, and storage devices are among some of the topics discussed in detail. The author gives examples and "how-to's" in implementing appropriate solutions for different requirements. The book is particularly effective at illustrating best practice methodologies for designing and implementing storage networks. Excellent technical content and effective use of diagrams. Greg's experience and vendor-neutral approach shine through in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Masking & Compositing (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
Authors: Katrin Eismann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Photoshop Masking & Compositing

I have been stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany and have been trying to teach myself Photoshop for quite a long time. I have bought numerous training tapes, DVD's, and books. One of the most confusing issues to me was masking and compositing. It seemed each tape, DVD, and book explained each briefly and differently to the point it was confusing. I was searching for a training tool which would clairify masking and compositing issues and would include all the related issues together in one single source. I was so delighted when I received Katrin's book. The minute I thumbed through the pages I knew this was the tool I had been searching for! This book covers it all and there would be no reason to purchase any other item to obtain info regarding these subjects. The only thing which could improve on this book would be if Katrin would make DVD's to supplement the book. She provides one of the best explanations I have read regarding use of the pen tool which can be quite intimidating. In addition, she provides an equally excellent explanation of selecting hair and fine detail which can also be quite complex. I have been experimenting with blue/green screen techniques and could never really find a good source of material for this as it relates to Photoshop and guess what, she covers this too! What I really like about her book is that she covers ALL aspects of a particular subject and not just part. I have been so disappointed with most of the other photoshop tapes, DVD's and books but not this one. The book is recommended for intermediate to advanced level but I think it would also be good for the beginner level because he/she would not have to waste a lot of time and money procuring other resources to learn this subject matter. This book is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn photoshop masking and compositing techniques.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good, in context

An excellent introduction to OO programming from one of the field's luminaries. It's a very articulate book, and quite lyrical in parts, at least for a CS text.
You should consider this book bearing its limitations in mind: it's certainly not "C++ for complete morons", but more about the aesthetic and architectural aspects of OO designs. Really it is not a very good book for an introductory programming course, but rather something to read after you've been using an OO language for a little while.
Secondly, the book presents OO as a good solution for all design situations, when modern consensus is that it is not always so: sometimes procedural, functional, or other approaches are much better. This is perhaps understandable considering when this book was written and by who.
A mature reader can bear this in mind, and get a great deal of enjoyment and insight from OOAD.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science
Publisher: Franklin Beedle & Associates
Authors: John M. Zelle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Well Done!

This book does a great job of getting the reader familiar with the basics of python and is written as an intro text book for programming and Computer Science. For the more seasoned python fan this book makes a nice addition to the library and a handy quick reference. Chances are though, it possess little new info. It is more for the beginner, and there are Computer Science Departments use this book for that purpose.