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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Dynamic Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX 2004 (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Tom Green, Jordan L. Chilcott, Chris S. Flick
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too much saying we're great, too little technique!

We purchased this book hoping (from the great reviews it got in Amazon) it would be the missing link to learning the techniques advertised, however the book does a fairly poor job of presenting the advertised techniques and makes quite a few mistakes. After using the excellent "Training from the source" books published by Macromedia, this book is a real let down. The book seems more like a pat on the backs for corporate style departmentalized development than it does a training manual. The authors start off wasting several chapters telling you that you can't develop competent websites by yourself as an individual web developer anymore then waste more space convincing themselves that wasted space was valuable. They do eventually get to some technique development but when they do they don't make their presentation in a straight forward fashion. If we were not already developers used to Macromedia Studio MX 2004 tools and capabilities this book would have been impossible to benefit from. Having such knowledge, this book is of little help. We would have given the book a two star rating except for the fact that we bought it because of the five star ratings we saw on Amazon (that's all it had then), and we cannot understand how it could ever get more than three. If we would have had any idea how little help this book would be we would not have bought it. If these authors would have stuck to presenting the techniques advertised in a step-by-step progression, editorially reviewed their work for accuracy and eliminated all of the fluff regarding departmentalization for development, they might have created a valuable product. As it is, it's not worth recommending. Macromedia's Training from the Source books like:

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is undoubtedly the best book i've seen so far on certification. I cleared the exam with merely 15 days of study. The key concepts have been clearly presented with lots of (working)examples. The material is well prepared and organized. The review questions at end of each chapter are also excellent. A must have if you're serious about the certification.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Robert Penner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A definite must-read for ActionScript programmers

I stumbled across this book and was instantly hooked by the clear and conversational tone of the book and the unique way Robert approaches the whole subject of programming motion in Flash MX. He starts right at the beginning instead of assuming that the reader already has a wealth of knowledge in this area.
The trig refresher course and the sound OOP ActionScript coding practices alone are worth the price of admission. The rest of the text dives deeply into the workings of some of the most compelling effects I've seen to date in Flash.
This is an excellent book and it will inspire and equip everyone who is looking for knowledge and creative tools as opposed to a free lunch and an instant ticket to Flash MX grooviness.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!!

this is possibly the best book for the course 'Data structures and analysis of algorithms'.Knuth is far too advanced and many others are not even worth mentioning.The best part is that it is very perspicuous but does not compromise on mathematical rigour.The proofs of correctness are very elegant as are the detalied analyses of all the algorithms.Actually,the mathematical approach that the authors employ is very enjoyable.A full section devoted to the mathematical tools is a very good idea.All the topics viz. data structures, sorting techniques,graphs,design techniques like dynamic programming,greedy algorithms,Divide-n-conquer r given in extensive detail.(since i m only a second yr under grad student,i havent read the more advanced topics like FFT,computational geometry,NP-completeness.)The exercises make you think and test both mathematical acumen and programming dexterity.many of them require a fair bit of creativity.As another reviewer pointed out, this book is the one for budding computer scientists and software engineers,not for the 'learn XYZ in 21 hours' fans.a bit of background in a structured programming language(Pascal ,C etc.) and more importantly,knowledge of the fundamentals of discrete mathematics is required.A must buy for all CS students.