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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
cuts through the RED TAPE

i've been reading books on COM since the past 1 year. Most of the books are initimidating for the beginer. lot of books don't explain what COM architecture is about, they market COM. But this book explains what the COM architecture is about and largely succeeds too. I'd definitely recommend it for programmers begining COM. Agreed that it does not cover all the topics in a great detail such as Connection Points & Type Libs, but hey you can always refer to another book. Dale Rogerson has done a fine job. I like the way he describes things, especially the little stories at the begining of each chapter.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Struts users have found the Holy Grail

This is the second outstanding book on struts to arrive on the shelves in the last month. What a treat for anyone using struts. These books really do compliment each other and, unless you are ready to write your own book on struts, you need this one too. You rarely find programmers who can provide a visual sweep in diagrams of what is happening with an application or framework. Thank God for UML, which helps some. Chuck Cavaness, however, has a knack for presenting the big picture. He clearly knows what is going on and can show it. I was thinking that after Struts in Action he would be feeling down, because that is such a good book. He can stand toe-to-toe with that offering. This is a battle of good luck for the reader. I hope there is a third book coming like these two, although I know there is not, or I would have heard about it. This is better than a very good book. I would say great book, but I don't want to sound gushy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Savvy with CDROM
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Steve Romaniello
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for beginners

When I first got Photoshop 7 I really didn't know much about it, however after I bought the Photoshop 7 Savvy book I became much more experienced with Photoshop 7. I was able to explore new areas within the Software that I would have never discovered on my own. There are lots of good tutorials for advanced layering techniques and advanced selection tools that can be very useful for the first timer in Photoshop.
The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars is the fact that it did not explore much into advanced filtering techniques. There are so many interesting effects you can create using the filtering tools and this book hardly covered any of them. Other than that this book is great.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A pleasant introduction, yet many shenanigans

This book introduces XML concepts at an easy to understand level. The chapter I enjoyed the least was the SAX chapter, mostly because the writer had such an outrageously different style than the rest of the book, and tried a little bit too hard to be entertaining. I understand the third edition will be out soon, so I highly recommend that one. A lot of the material here is very outdated...I think the original publishing date was 2001 for the 2nd edition.