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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great introduction to databases


A professional database developer recommended this text to me,a novice. He stipulated that the value of the book lay in its "from-the-ground-up" development of the foundations of a proposed relational database.
I have spent nearly 10 years in computing, including many years of using canned, proprietary flat-file databases implemented in Fortran. For personal use, up till now, I had never graduated beyond the level of constructing "databases" with tables in word-processors, elaborate spreadsheets, and simple flat-file databases of the generic *Works variety. These exercises all required extensive redundancy of data entry, and inability to format and extract information usefully.
Hernandez has provided an excellent primer for the inexperienced database designer and user, especially one whose efforts to date have been confined to more primitive tools. Parts of the text (constructing hypothetical interview scenarios) are repetitive and tendentious, but they are the only serious detraction from the value this book offers.
This book can be absolutely recommended for the novice (the user of word-processors, spreadsheets and flat-file databases) and intelligently recommended for relational database designers and users who are dissatisfied with the program product they are currently involved with.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE BEST must have book for CS


I thought I was very software literate before I purchased Adobe Photoshop CS. Although I had never used any version of Photoshop, I was off and running with similar programs without any instruction. Photoshop CS is very intimidating at first, which if you are reading this review you already know. I bought several books, this one is by far the one I reference most and the only I've practically read cover to cover. LOVE IT LOVE IT! I learn by doing. By working on my own projects. This book guides you through both basic and advanced abilities of CS with the greatest of ease, and you don't have to have a BS in computer sciences to follow. One note; however, is that this writer assumes the reader is at least familiar with core basic functions of Photoshop. For instance, you might be directed to "open the channels pallet", but not instructed on which drop down tab or key stroke short cut allows you to do so. Sometimes the short cut is given, but not always. I reference the book CS One on One for these basic commands, but only use that book for this purpose. Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers is my "Bible", and the learning curve went very quickly. I suggest anyone interested in purchasing CS definatly invest in this book, and if you can afford 2 books after buying the software program, purchase One on One as a companion piece.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This one never makes it back to the shelf!


Not just the basics, yet not bogged down in detail. This one is just right. Andrew Troelsen does an exceptional job of balancing the theory of COM with the practice of ATL. Thorough explanations and real-world examples, thoughtful organization, and attention-holding narratives make this the only COM book you'll ever need.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply a Riot!


Where to begin?

Mr. Krug has a writing style that matches my own: logical, easy to follow, and full of humor. Once I started reading, I simply couldn't put the book down.

This book gives a copious amount of information about the right ways and wrong ways to design a web site. Mr. Krug easily pairs this information with live examples of sites that are online, or intranet sites in which he played a part. Interjected in this valuable information are some of the funniest barbs, observations, and comments I've heard in quite some time.

Most of the concepts in this book are straight common sense. So common, in fact, that we tend to overlook them, and consequently violate the rules. Don't worry, Mr. Krug gently points them out to you with vivid pictures and diagrams, and has you laughing while he does it. He even has a name for his business that ties in to this common sense mentality. Read the book - you'll understand...and smile.

Want to know what billboards and roadsigns in Los Angeles and Boston have to do with web design? Read the book. You'll soon discover yourself critiqing road signs and such in the area of town you live. Department stores will become a library of examples on how to organize and display information. And you'll always, ALWAYS find yourself analyzing web sites that you already frequent, and pointing out what works and what could be improved upon.

One question: are you a scanner or reader? You'll find out once you read this book. And then you'll be amazed at the accuracy of what Mr. Krug has said and what you actually do when you're on the web.