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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This Book helps myself not only to understand better all the concepts of the PMBOK but also to pass the PMP exam.
The main advantages of this book are that it carries you according to the process of Initiating, planning, execut... like they are presented in the exam or in the real world, not as they are presented in the PMBOK (according to the 9 knowledge areas).
Best Wishes for the exam !.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't be fooled by the flashy cover.

On the surface, this book appears to be another in the line ofgood-looking, bulky and content-free geek fodder that took off whenthe Net got hot. But inside is actually a thorough, articulate, well-organized and even gramatically correct treatment of XML and related standards. The writing is lucid and supported by many apposite examples.
If you want to understand what XML is, how it works, and how to use it for creating and managing new Web content, this is the book you need. The author's "Cafe con Leche" site - copiously mentioned in the book - is well worth visiting too. I hope Eliotte Rusty Harold is now working hard on "XML for Programmers".

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
The definitive reference for data structures and algorithms

While working as a software engineer, my supervisor, who also wrote programs for a living, had a book on his shelf, "Data Structures and Algorithms", written by Horowitz and Sahni. It was one of the most tattered-looking hardback books I had ever seen! (a true indicator of the worth of a book). Moreover, I view the Cormer, Leiserson, Rivest book as an updated version of this book, in that it has the same core content of data structures and algorithms, and presents the algorithms in psuedocode instead of a GPL like C++. I find this book, however, not only better written than its predecessor, but also containing a number of advanced chapters (e.g. computational geometry and parallel computation) that reflects the explosion of the study of algorithms over the past 20 years. If I had to choose one book on data structures and algorithms to have on my shelf it would be this one, as no other modern text compares with it in terms of its breadth and depth of the subject material. However, for those students or practitioners who prefer to learn about data structures and algorithms within the context of a progromming language, I recommend Mark Weiss's book on data structures and algorithms, both in Java and in C++. His book seems less developed and rigorous, but he gives good examples, explanations, and more practical insights.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Illustrator 10
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Mike Wooldridge, Michael Toot
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'd Be Lost Without Book; Don't Take Illustrator Without It

People told me Illustrator was easier to learn than Photoshop. Were they wrong! Or maybe they didn't know I'm bad at math because Illustrator is based on bezier curves, vector shapes, math and geometry. It is about as different from Photoshop as a program can be except that they look the same when you first open them up. Just try "drawing" (and I use that word loosely) a curve in Illustrator with the pen tool and you will instantly recall everything you ever hated about high school math. However, if you loved math, this may be YOUR program. This book deserves 5 stars simply because I would be utterly lost without it. I'm taking Illustrator Part II right now at the college where I teach and I still can't move off this book and into a more complex text. I tried moving into the Adobe Classroom in a Book and very quickly found myself unable to do anything in the exercises. I am learning this program very, very slowly and I need an extremely visual, full color approach that spells out every step to me, skipping nothing, assuming nothing. This book does that. I'm very slowly improving in the program. I used it in taking Illustrator Part I (it was not the required text which I didn't even buy) and got an A in the first course yet I still can't move into a more complex book. In this course I have to make an entire calendar for 2003, draw it, and I hope to have this book mastered by the end of it and then, finally, move onto a more complex text. I'm not counting on it though.