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Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) – Book Review

I have been using Photoshop on and off for many years, but I wouldn't in any way say that I was proficient on it.

So since this course/book is included on Safari, I thought I'd try it out.

It was pretty interesting. It is based on many exercises, where you start with a base file they provide, and keep doing what they you to till you get to a end result.

This is actually somewhat entertaining, and I learned quite a bit I didn't know. Exercises are easy to follow (I had a couple of instances where things just didn't work – in some cases looking online solved it).

You will not get out of this course/book being a master in Photoshop, but you will probably learn quite a bit. You would probably want to do the exercises – I doubt reading them will have anywhere near the same effect.

One thing I did not like is that mostly shortcuts were not mentioned. There is a table at the end of the book (also for the tools), but that won't get you into the habit of using them.

There is also a site you can sign on (Peachpit) which has not only the files to download, but a web version of the course, with video and quizzes. It was nice enough, but felt unnecessary for the first chapters, and was offline a couple of times I tried to use it, so I stuck to the Safari version.

Overall, I felt the book was useful and even entertaining. Most chapters are supposed to take an hour, but it usually took me around 40 minutes each, so it was around 10 hours for the whole thing.

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Learning Path: Java Professional Developer – Course Review

Learning Path: Java Professional Developer is a Learning Path in Safari. These usually have sets of book chapters or videos from different sources.

This one is from Paul J. Deitel Java video courses, alone. It covers a lot of Java, from the basics to Swing, some JDBC and the start of Java FX.

I felt it was interesting, but the absence of closed captions/transcripts, and the overall slow approach meant that I did a whole lot of skipping (even at 1.75 speed). A clickable transcript like some of MOOCs would be wonderful here – you can just read along for most of it, skipping to any parts where the visuals are important.

A lot of the video is given to explaining code. Sometimes this useful, but most of the time for me, the code was pretty clear and I had to skip around to not waste a lot of time.

The coverage seems good. Having a single part of Java FX was reasonable, as it gives you a taste of it without wasting too much time. Personally, I was a bit interested, but support in IntelliJ seems a bit primitive compared to WPF/UWP or even old Delphi, and I constantly hit on annoying bugs (such as disappearing sections on the in IDE version of Scene Builder).

It seems silly to mention it, but all the code in the repository worked and matched the one in the video. Sadly, that is not always the case.

Overall, interesting, and good coverage, but a little too slow.

As a mildly funny tidbit, while reviewing the course I noticed that a paul.deitel user gave the course 5 stars. Well, it makes sense that he'd like it…