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Learning Red Hat Linux

Bill McCarty; O'Reilly; ISBN: 1-56592-627-7; Soft cover, 378 pages, $US$34.99, CAN$48.95

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Linux has become the computer book publisher's 'flavor-of-the-month.' For those of us who need our hands held, so far this is the best basic book I've seen."
Review: 397 words 109

Choosing a Database for Your Web Site
John Paul Ashenfelter; John Wiley & Sons Inc; ISBN: 0-471-29690-2; Paperback; 443 pages; US$34.99, CAN$54.50

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Choosing a Database for your Web Site is right on the mark, and well worth the money."
Review: 410 words109

Teach Yourself Digital Photography in 14 Days
Carla Rose; Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-405-6; Soft cover, 382 pages, US$39.99, CAN$56.95, UK£36.50

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "A complex subject rendered cogently, perhaps a little pricey, but well worth the money."
Review: 401 words109

Teach Yourself More Visual Basic 5 in 21 Days
Lowell Mauer; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-31062-7; Paper Back; 552 pages; US$ 29.99, CAN$ 42.95, UK£ 26.95

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "The examples, tips, tricks, screen shots, table listings, warnings, and time savers are all a welcome addition and refreshing change to the often stale plethora of book offerings on the Visual Basic subject."
Review: 370 words, 19

Using Windows98 - Preview Edition
Michael Miller; QUE Publishing;ISBN: 0-7897-1651-8; Paperback; 354 pages; US$9.99, CAN$14.95, UK9.49

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "This book is well written, and concise. It is correctly priced for its intended and expected audience." 58
Review: 400 words

Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours
Ryan K. Stephens & Ronald R. Plew; Sams Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-31245-X; Paperback; 384 pages; US$24.99, CAN$35.95, UK22.95

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours is a great little book that covers all the bases offering suitable examples, chapter summaries, and quizzes. It is an excellent vehicle to get started with; one on which a firm foundation in the world of SQL can be established." 58
Review: 361 words

Red Hat Linux Unleashed 2nd Edition
David Pitts, et al; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-31173-9; Paperback, 684 pages, US$39.99, CAN$56.95

Reviewer: Tim Perkins, "Red Hat Linux Unleashed, 2nd Edition begins an odyssey into the land of true computing. From here, readers will acquire experience that can be used on any UNIX platform, and discover concepts that are used in many networking/server environments." 58
Review: 413 words

Using Visual Basic 5-Platinum Edition
Loren D. Eidahl, QUE Publishing Corporation, ISBN: 0-7897-1412-4, Hard Cover, 1,405 pages, US$60.00, CAN$84.95

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "For the beginning to moderate VisualBasic programmerwho wants to significantly expand their Visual Basic 5 skills, this book is highly recommended." 48
Review: 350 words

Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals
Documentation from the Cisco IOS Reference Library; Cisco Press; ISBN: 1-57870-044-2; Hardcover, 1448 pages, US $60.00, CAN $84.95

Reviewer: Paul Bruch, "Users who wish to become expert on Cisco Router configuration, or who just want to get the job done right, should have this book handy, as a supplement to Cisco's online systems." 48
Review: 399 words

Fine Art Photoshop: Lessons in Digital Drawing and Painting
by: Michael J. Nolan & Renée LeWinter; New Riders; ISBN: 1-56205-829-0 220 pages; softcover; US$39.99

Reviewer, Ewan Edwards,"Fine Art Photoshop provides simple exercises and step-by-step lessons to unleash imagination and creativity, while helping to master Photoshop." 48
Review: 414 words

HTML 4 Interactive Course
by Kent Cearley; Waite Group Press; ISBN 1-57169-130-8; softcover, 606 pages, US$49.99 CAN$70.95 UK46.95

Reviewer Lorna Ens, "HTML 4 Interactive Course is ideal for users who wish to learn about this dynamic language on their own schedule." 48
Review: 422 words

UNIX Power Tools
Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides;O'Reilly; ISBN: 1-56592-260-3; Paperback 1073 pages; US $59.95, CAN $85.95

Reviewer: Tim Perkins,"This book welcomes users at all levels of competence. It will become a constant and invaluable reference" 38
Review: 427 words

High Performance Client/Server
Chris Loosley & Frank Douglas, Wiley Computer Publishing, ISBN: 0-471-16269-8, Paperback, 728 pages, US$44.99, CAN$63.50
Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "This book should be required reading for everyone in the application development industry." 38
Review: 383 words

Windows NT 4 Programming from the Ground Up
Herbert Schildt;Osborne McGraw Hill; ISBN: 0-07-882298-X; Paperback, 741 pages, US$34.99,CAN$49.99

Reviewer: Tim Perkins, "Windows NT Programming from the Ground Up will increase the readers awareness of the benefits of understanding NT and add the ability to put these benefits to use." 127
Review: 457 words

The Internet Marketing Plan
Kim M. Bayne; Wiley Computer Publishing; ISBN: 0-471-17295-2; Paperback; 372 pages; US$39.95, CAN$55.95

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "This book is a valuable resource for those wishing to make a bold yet functional and cost efficient statement on the world wide web. It enables readers to consider the options, and the many variables for making a business plan." 38
Review: 398 words

Photoshop Magic: Expert Edition
Brendon Perkins, Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-416-6; Paperback, 344 pages, US$45.00, CAN$63.95.

Reviewer: Ivan Sinclair, "The techniques revealed in "Photoshop Magic" will provide the advantage needed to create professional level print, multimedia and web graphics." 38
Review: 347 words

TCL/TK Tools Mark Harrison; O'Reilly & Associates Inc; ISBN: 1-56592-218-2; Paperback, 653 pages, US $49.95, CAN $70.95

Reviewer: Tim Perkins, "TCL/TK Tools has much information that can't be covered adequately in a book review, which can only show the depth of the resource as well as the strength of the products it covers. For anyone in the field of data management or GUI development, TclL/TK Tools should become a valuable and familiar friend." 18
Review: 434 words

Laura Lemay's Java TM 1.1 Interactive Course
Laura Lemay, Charles Perkins, Michael Morrison and Daniel Groner; Waite Group Press; ISBN: 1-57169-083-2; Paperback,1194 pages, US$49.95 Can$70.95

Reviewer: Stephen Ens, "The online education of the future has arrived. The "eZone" is an excellent example of what distance education can provide." 18
Review: 400 words

HTML Web Publishing - 6 in 1
Todd Stauffer; QUE Publishing; ISBN: 0-7897-1407-8; Paperback, 410 pages, US$29.99, CAN$42.95

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre, "HTML Web Publishing - 6 in 1 is one of the better books on the subject that I have seen. It takes the reader (web designer) from step one all the way through to confident, competent web designing and publishing." 18
Review: 404 words

Microsoft FrontPage 97 At a Glance
Stephen L. Nelson; Microsoft Press; ISBN: 1-57231-573-3; Paperback, 266 pages, US $16.99, CAN $22.99, UK £15.49

Reviewer: Lorna Ens, "Time is a precious commodity and if you need to create and maintain a web site, Microsoft FrontPage 97 at a Glance could be your new best friend." 18
Review: 401 words

Windows NT in a Nutshell
Eric Pearce; O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1-56592-251-4; Paperback, 363 pages, US$19.95, CAN$28.95

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Windows NT4 is a wonderful operating system, but without help like "Nutshell," it may not be worth the effort." 18
Review: 421 words

Photoshop in a Nutshell
by Donnie O'Quinn & Matt LeClair; O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1-56592-313-8; Paperback, 609 pages, US$19.95, CAN$28.95

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Photoshop in a Nutshell simply shows us, how to find it, how to do it; and what happens when we do it. In the process we become adept at using the program. What more do we need?" 18
Review: 395 words

Developing JAVA Entertainment Applets
John Withers; Wiley Computer Publishing; ISBN: 0-471-16506-9; Paperback, 392 pages, US$29.95, CAN$41.95

Reviewer: Tim Perkins, "Those of us who are interested in game design, and wouldn't mind breezing through a little Java, will find this a fine resource." 127
Review: 363 words

Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0
Gary David Bouton & Barbara Bouton; New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 1-56205-681-6; Paperback, 867 pages, US$44.99, CAN$63.95.

Reviewer: Christopher Stewart, "All things considered, Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0 is an invaluable resource." 117"
Review: 358 words

Windows NT Server 4 Unleashed Professional Reference Edition
Jason Garms; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-31002-3; Hardcover, 1714 pages, US$69.99, CAN$98.95

Reviewer: Tim Perkins: "This is an exhaustive resource on NT which could leave one hard-pressed to find a reason to buy another." 117
Review: 387 words

Getting Connected: The Internet at 56K and Up
by Kevin Dowd; O'Reilly & Associates Inc.; ISBN: 1-56592-154-2; paperback, 410 pages, US$29.95 Can$42.95

Reviewer: Luis Henriques, "As a six month, self-taught ISP network administrator, I have personally benefited from this book. I discovered, in detail, how and why my computer network was designed." 117
Review: 387 words

NetTravel: How Travelers Use the Internet
by: Michael Shapiro; O'Reilly & Associates Inc.; ISBN: 1-56592-172-0; paperback, 312 pages, US$24.95

Reviewer: Paul A. Bennett, "The book, a powerful money- and time-saving resource, will grow in value to the user as (s)he learns more about the travel industry." 67
Review: 369 words

Mastering Access 97 Development - Second Edition;
Alison Balter; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-30999-8; Paperback, 1112 pages, $49.99 US, $70.95 CAN

Reviewer: Blake Thurston, "Access 97 is very powerful, and with the assistance of "Mastering Access 97 Development" it will be a breeze to set up even the most complicated database application for the office." 47
Review: 345 words

The Internet Telephone Toolkit
Jeff Pulver; John Wiley & Sons Inc; ISBN 0-471-16352-X: Paperback, 223 pages, US$29.95, CAN$41.95

Reviewer: Christopher Cowan, "The Internet Telephone Toolkit is "THE" source that my friends and I will go to for answers to telephony related questions. Usable, and understandable this book "hits the nail on the head." 57
Review: 343 words

Website Sound
Patrick Seaman and Jim Cline; New Riders; ISBN: 1-56205-626-3; Paperback, 435 pages, US$44.99, CAN$63.95, UK£41.49

Reviewer: Glenn Darling, "Whether you want to broadcast to the world or add audio to your home based business website, Website Sound is a must read." 37
Review: 489 words

Peer-to-Peer LANs: Networking Two to Ten PCs
Thomas W. Madron; John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0-471-59091-6; 304 pages, US$26.95. CAN$36.50

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "The author issues warnings where necessary, and recommendations where proper. A well worthwhile purchase" 74
Review: 356 words

PhotoShop Type Magic
David Lai and Greg Simsic; Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-220-7; softcover, 233 pages, US$30.00 CAN$40.95

Reviewer: Raymond St. Arnaud, "I would recommend this book to every serious imager and graphic artist." 66
Review: 374 words

Rescued by DOS
Kris Jamsa; ISBN: 0-9635851-6-9; paperback, 256 pages, US$19.95, CAN$25.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "The Jamsa Press "Rescued" series work successfully because they aren't written for either computer literates or "DUMMIES," just you and me." 64
Review: 348 words

Rescued by UNIX
Augie Hansen; Jamsa Press; ISBN: 1-884133-00-2; paperback, 254 pages; US$19.95, CAN$25.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "A very helpful book, a marked departure from many of the "how to" computer knowledge books now on store shelves." 54
Review: 343 words

Rescued by Windows
Kris Jamsa; Jamsa Press; ISBN: 0-9635851-3-4; paperback; 256 pages, $US$19.95, CAN$25.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "With this book, Windows has become a walk in the park. Have fun." 64
Review: 344 words

Success With Internet
Allen L. Wyatt; Jamsa Press; ISBN: 1-884133-01-0; paperback; 444 pages, US$29.95; CAN$38.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "Jamsa helpfully prequalify their books through a "skill level guide," labelling them for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, and [this one is checked] "All Users." I'll certainly agree with that." 64
Review: 347 words

Word For Windows 6 Solutions
Elaine Marmel; John Wiley & Sons; ISBN 0-471-30413-1; paperback; 528 pages; US$24.95, CAN$32.50.

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Here are a pair of over-the-shoulder advisers who will be with you long after the course is over and everyone has gone home. One of them can even be loaded into Windows via the included disk and called on with a touch of mouse to icon." 84
Review: 533 words

Jamsa's 1001 Windows Tips
Kris Jamsa; Jamsa Press; ISBN: 0-9635851-0-X; paperback; 600 pages; US$ 39.95, CAN$51.95

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Here are alpair of over-the-shoulder advisers who will be with you long after the course is over and everyone has gone home. One of them can even be loaded into Windows via the included disk and called on with a touch of mouse to icon." 84
Review: 533 words

Word for Windows 6: Self-Teaching Guide
Stephen Guild; John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0-471-30467-0; paperback; 464 pages; US$22.95, CAN$32.50

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "This Self Teaching Guide, categorized as a Beginning book by Wiley, is well organized and deceptively comprehensive. It is written in easy to understand language, supported by summaries, screen reproductions, practical tips, and a detailed index." 74
Review: 350 words

10 Minute Guide To Windows 95
Trudi Reisner; Que Publishing; ISBN: 1-56761-515-5; paperback, 192 pages, $16.99

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan says, "Trudy Reisner makes getting up and running in Windows 95 easier with this well-priced how-to. Now why can't Microsoft provide manuals like this?" 115
Review: 390 words

Adobe PhotoShop Creative Techniques, A Visual Guide to Mastering PhotoShop
Denise Salles, Gary Poyssick and Ellenn Behoriam; Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-132-4; Softcover, 286 pages, $US$40.00 CAN$54.95

Reviewer: Raymond Saint Arnaud, "While Creative Techniques is easy to read and understand, it's a delight to browse and admire the wonderful imagery." 76
Review: 385 words

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mosaic
Joe Kraynak; alpha books; ISBN: 1-56761-588-0; Paperback, 294 pages, $23.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "Good book, good price, good buy." 115
Review: 484 words

Digital Photography
David D. Busch; MIS:Press; ISBN: 1-55828-448-6 Softcover, 195 Pages, 16 color plates; US$39.95 CAN$55.95

Reviewer: Raymond Saint Arnaud, " In Digital Photography The author has explained this complex subject in a clear and easily understood fashion, and he did it without writing a book the size of a telephone directory. It is an authoritative gold mine." 36
Review: 568 words

Finding It on the Internet
Paul Gilster; John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0-471-03857-1; paperback, 322 pages, US$19.95, CAN$25.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "It's all in the search. With these two you can't get lost." 94
Review: 485 words

Inside the World Wide Web
Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Rob Tidrow, Loren Buhle, Jason Kuffer, and Joel Taylor; New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 1-56205-412-0; soft cover, 1030 pages, includes CD; US$40.00, CAN$54.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "By the last page of this book there are few who will feel that they haven't received full bang for the buck." 125
Review: 511 words

The Internet Navigator; The Essential Guide to Network Exploration for the Individual Dial-up
Paul Gilster; ISBN: 0-471-59782-1; (Paper/hard), 495pages, $34.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan,"Paul Gilster will make your use of Internet understandable, and that is a giant step for mankind." 54
Review: 373 words

Peter Norton's Inside the PC
Peter Norton; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-30624-7, paperback, 650 pages; US$35.00 / CAN$47.95

Reviewer: A.T. Connellan says "Norton is a readable writer with a knack for explaining the most complex concepts in easily understood terms.... If you were to purchase only one book for/with your new computer, this is it." 36
Review: 302 words

Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, 2nd Edition
Adam C. Engst; Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-111-1; paperback; 1024 pages, US$29.95, CAN$39.99

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan. " For the Internet novice, here is a group of the best." 114
Review: 390 words

Internet Starter Kit for Windows
Adam C. Engst, Corwin S. Low, and Michael A. Simon; Hayden Books; ISBN 1-56830-094-8; paperback; 649 pages; US$29.95, CAN$39.99;

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan. " For the Internet novice, here is a group of the best." 114
Review: 390 words

Internet Explorer Kit for Macintosh
Adam C. Engst & William Dickson; Hayden Books; ISBN 1-56830-089-1; paperback; 462 pages; US$29.95, CAN$39.99;

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan. " For the Internet novice, here is a group of the best." 114
Review: 390 words

New Riders' Official Internet Yellow Pages
Christine Maxwell and Czeslaw Jan Grycz; New Riders Publishing; ISBN 1-56205-306-X; paperback; 889 pages; US$29.95, CAN$39.95;

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan. " For the Internet novice, here is a group of the best." 114
Review: 390 words

Instant Internet Access: Multimedia Edition
Kris Jamsa and Allen Wyatt; Jamsa Press; ISBN 1-884133-06-1; CD-ROM plus illustrated guide; US$49.95, CAN$64.95;

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "It's all in the search. With these two you can't get lost." 94
Review: 485 words

Word for Windows 6: Self-Teaching Guide
Stephen Guild; John Wiley & Sons Inc.; ISBN: 0-471-30467-0; Paper/hard, 464 pages, $US$22.95, CAN$32.50

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "The Self Teaching Guide, is well organized, deceptively complete, comprehensive, and adds a valuable reference assist to the Microsoft Users Guide and the on-line help system." 74
Review: 350 words

The World Wide Web - Unleashed
John December and Neil Randall; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-30617-4; Paperback; 1096 pages, $47.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "The book will enable the reader to comfortably manage your interests on the World Wide Web" 115
456 words

GIF Animation Studio, Animating Your Web Site
Richard Koman; Publisher; Songline Studios, Inc. and O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1-56592-230-1; Soft cover, 170 pages, US$39.95 CAN$57.95

Reviewer; Raymond Saint Arnaud, "To put your content onto their screen. GIF Animation Studio, Animating Your WEB Site is a great starting point." 17
Review: 532 words

Curious About the Internet: A Plain-English Guide for Ordinary People
Ned Snell; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-30459-7; Paperback, 265 pages, $20.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "This is a very effective "primer." It is clear, uncomplicated, and well priced." 115
Review: 540 words

The World Wide Web 1996 - Unleashed
John December and Neil Randall; Sams.Net Publishing; ISBN 0-57521-040-1; Paperback, 1,422 pages, plus CD-ROM, US$49.99, CAN$67.99

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "This is a book that makes a lot of promises -- and then delivers." 125
Review: 571 words

Interface Design with PhotoShop
J. Scott Hamlin Publisher; New Riders Publishing; ISBN 1-56205-668-9; Softcover; 251 Pages; US$39.99 CAN$56.95.

Reviewer: Raymond Saint Arnaud, "Interface Design with PhotoShop is a book that helps the reader create imaginative, complex and visually enriched interfaces." 27
Review: 422 words

The Internet Golden Directory, 3rd. Edition
Harley Hahn; Osborne/McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0-07-882192-4; Paperback, 912 pages; Can$42.95; AU$59.95; NZ$79.95

Reviewer: Christopher Cowan 27
Review: 260 words

Rescued by Upgrading Your PC
Kris Jamsa; Jamsa Press; ISBN 1-884133-04-5; paperback; 252 pages; US$22.95, CAN$29.95.

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "There are too many books on the market on this subject, but here is a choice array that won't lead you astray. These are books crowded with common sense, technical manuals for the everyman." 114
Review: 629 words

Upgrading Your PC Allen Wyatt; Que Corporation; ISBN 1-56529-666-4; US$24.99, CAN$31.95.

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "There are too many books on the market on this subject, but here is a choice array that won't lead you astray. These are books crowded with common sense, technical manuals for the everyman." 114
Review: 629 words

Upgrading and Repairing PCs: 4th Edition
Scott Mueller; Que Corporation; ISBN 1-56529-932-9; paperback; 1568 pages; US$39.95, CAN$53.99;

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "There are too many books on the market on this subject, but here is a choice array that won't lead you astray. These are books crowded with common sense, technical manuals for the everyman." 114
Review: 629 words

Upgrading and Repairing PCs Quick Reference
Scott Mueller; Que Corporation; ISBN 1-56529-736-9; 559 pages; US$19.99, CAN$26.95

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "There are too many books on the market on this subject, but here is a choice array that won't lead you astray. These are books crowded with common sense, technical manuals for the everyman." 114
Review: 629 words


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