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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Good Place to Start


Adobe is used to having a lot of books written on its products. They tend to be the most complex of any program on the market, but it is because they are so powerful. If you have got the Photoshop bug and can't make pretty changes to your pictures or projects, this is a good book to start with!!!Yes it will not teach you a lot of the "Why???" of Photoshop, that can take some years to learn anyway. A lot of Photoshop books come it two groups, those that know Photoshop and those who don't. Most of those that are for the expert expect you to know your Gaussian Blur from your Unsharp Mask and what kind of effect it will have on your picture. Photoshop "cookbooks" as some have called them teach by example, this author's "recipe's" are easy to follow and will give hints in the margins to learn more indepth or customize. Again you might be mimicing the author, but sometimes that is all you need to feel good about your investment in Photoshop. The CS (PS 8) book was a complete rewrite from the Photoshop 7 book, I own both because both have a lot to offer that was different enough to almost consider them volumes 1 & 2. Also if you are just needing digital photographry help, I would check out Scott Kelby's books on just digital photographry.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Game Programming for Teens
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Maneesh Sethi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Helpful


I thought that this book was EXTREMELY helpful to learning how to program games and other useful programs (I used it to make a program that finds areas of regular polygons to help me with math homework for example :) ) This book will help you learn the basics of programming which should be helpful for learning more complex languages. It may be difficult learning stuff like Loops or Arrays but the author helps you tremendously in those areas so they become quite easy. I really enjoyed this book and the game at the end of it, and I'd rate it a 6/5 if I was able to.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux+ Study Guide, 3rd Edition (XKO-002)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Roderick W. Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best Linux+ book if you've Hardware experience...


I took the Linux+ test recently and passed it with ease using only Roderick Smith's Study Guide to pass the test. I have been using Linux for nearly two years now, and I used "Special Edition Using Caldera OpenLinux" and "Running Linux" to teach myself the Linux operating system. Although they gave me an excellent grounding in basic Linux, I still wasn't comfortable sitting for the test since my knowledge was rather sporadic and haphazard, like that of many self-taught users, so I tried this book out to round out my knowledge and get some idea of where the exam topics were focused. And this book was right on the money. Every topic that I saw on the exam was fully covered in this book. System logging, basic administration, command line syntax, UNIX utilities . . . everything. The only weak point of the book is the hardware section, and that is not so much a weakness of the book as it is a weakness of the test. About 1/4 of the test is hardware-related topics, many of which have nothing directly related to Linux. I already had my A+, so this was not an issue for me, but for some people it may be. I STRONGLY suggest that you do not take this exam unless you have your A+ or CST or the equivalent level of knowledge. The hardware topics were diverse enough that any book on Linux would have trouble filling in all of the extra details that you need to know to get past the hardware section of the exam. So, do the A+ first, then soon after, use this book to ace your test. And most of all, USE Linux instead of just reading about it. There is no reason for a "paper cert" with regards to this exam. Install and configure it yourself, spend some time hacking and then get certified.
Thanks, Rod!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional JSP 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Simon Brown, Robert Burdick, Jayson Falkner, Ben Galbraith, Rod Johnson, Larry Kim, Casey Kochmer, Thor Kristmundsson, Sing Li
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
1st edition was great, and..


i am considering buying the second edition. Have never seen a computer book change so much in the 2nd edition, new stuff.
This would not be your first JSP book, as that guy from Bern wanted. His clue should have been the word "Professional". I found Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages by Marty Hall to be an excellent starter if that is your level. Then buy this book.
frank