Thursday, March 14, 2013

"The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything" By Olivier Lecarme and Karine Delvare, 1st Edition.

The beauty of GIMP

I use GIMP for some of my image editing but I never really knew the capabilities of the program. After working through this book, I was blown away by the tools and options GIMP had to offer. Needless to say, it may be better to just stick with GIMP and save my money than to buy Photoshop for hundreds of dollars.

The content was neat, informative, direct, organized, and easy to follow. The pictures are colored and I like how most of the pictures in the examples are reused throughout the book. I also like how they use examples on pictures of real people so you can actually see the effects of tools, details, and etc. There is a good balance of information and pictures so you can maneuver through the book without feeling overwhelmed.

The book covers many areas such as photograph retouching, colorizing/personalizing images, logo creation, composite photography, and much more. Has an amazing table of contents so you can easily find what you need and reference it when needed. Also, the appendices include a lot of extra helpful information such as tips and hints for exercises within the book, resources, frequently asked questions, and how to install GIMP in various Linux distributions.

Friday, March 1, 2013

"Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!" By Fred Hebert, 1st Edition.

I didn’t know I could have fun learning a programming language

 I had never heard of Erlang before until a friend of mine told me that he loves using Erlang. I am a novice programmer so I got a little curious and got a copy of “Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!” I started reading through the book and noticed that this was unlike any programming book that I have ever read. This is how a programming book should be.

The contents of the book were detailed, easy to follow, engaging, and surprisingly humorous. The thing I dislike about other programming books were that I would be bored and lose focus due to how dry the material was. However, “Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!” has a good amount of humor to sustain you and grab your attention while also giving quality information and excellent examples. The little pictures you see occasionally are also hilarious and are a treat to see.

This book starts off simple so that a beginner can comprehend the material and then later on it goes more into advanced concepts. I would say that this book is aimed towards the beginner to intermediate audiences. Overall I have to say that this book is definitely worth it if you are looking to learn a new language or if you are interested in Erlang.