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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GRABASTIC ACTIONSCRIPT REFERENCE!


This book is extremely well written, no 'welcome to your comp-oo-tar' aproach, while remaining easy to understand and moving through the content at a good pace. Abundant tutorials and files acompany the book on the cd and each code snippet in the book is broken down in depth to let you know what each line means. I've been avoiding actionscript for years and this book has made it childsplay.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Adobe Photoshop: Classroom in a Book


I'm fairly new to PS and what I've learned can be attributed to this book. I thought it an easy read and very functional. I just followed it thru chapter to chapter. Highly recommend it for new to intermediate users. I tried a few other books but so far I like this the best for learning most of the tools and building your skills.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Fast Track to MDX
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Mark Whitehorn, Mosha Pasumansky, Robert Zare
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy to Read & Understand


I have read and found "Fast Track to MDX" to be easier to read and understand. There are many charts, diagrams, documentations and pictures to help the reader. I have tried many of the MDX statements in the book with success. The book has explained many things in a very understandable way, including Lead, Lag, Filter, IIF, Distinct Count, Count, Member Properties, Current Member, Previous Member, Syntax usage and more. Also, to my amazement, the CD included is ProClarity v5. ProClarity is a very good tool compared to other viewers and very user friendly and powerful. This book is good for both the beginner and intermediate users.
TC



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in C : The Art of Scientific Computing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William H. Press, Brian P. Flannery, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Numerical Recipes in C -- Handy, but caution warranted


This is a very useful book for scientists and engineers, it collects codes for many most-often-encountered numerical problems, and the discussion is lucid, frank and helpful. However, the author adopted a very bad policy: they do not permit users to distribute their code. So suppose you write an application program which uses lots of integrations, linear algebra and differential equation routines, you would naturally like to use the numerical recipe routines for these basic tasks, but if you want to make your code freely available to others, you find you can't, because the numerical recipes routines are copyrighted and the authors forbid you to distribute even part of them with your code(except for a few public domain routines). They suggest you use the Netlib code which is freely available, however, since there is no systematic documentation, it is more difficult to use the netlib code. In any case, what is the point of having this book and its code if you have to use netlib code? this is really a trouble for the readers and users of this book. On the other hand, the authors provided their book online free of charge, but this is of little use--most readers would buy the book anyway, and prefer to have the code free.