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Accounting For Dummies, 4th Edition

by CPA John A. Tracy

Learn the basics of practical accounting easily and painlessly with Accounting For Dummies, 4th Edition, which features new information on accounting methods and standards to keep you up to date. With this guide, you can avoid accounting fraud, minimize confusion, maximize profits, and make sense of accounting basics with this plain-English guide to your accountant's language. Understand how to manage inventory, report income and expenses for public or private companies, evaluate profit margins, analyze business strengths and weaknesses, and manage budgets for a better bottom line.

Trading Options For Dummies

by George A. Fontanills

Thinking of trading options, but not sure where to start? Trading Options For Dummies starts you from the beginning with clear, step-by-step advice on how to use top option strategies to reduce your risk while boosting your income and enlarging your retirement portfolio with index, equity, and ETF options. This plain-English guide explains the common types of options and helps you choose the right ones for your investing needs. You find out how to weigh option costs and benefits, combine options to reduce risk, and build a strategy that allows you to gain no matter what the market may bring. You'll learn the basics of market and sector analysis and what to look for when trying out a new option strategy. You'll also find what you need to know about options contract specifications and mechanics. Discover how to: Understand option contracts and orders Determine and manage your risk Guard your assets using options Trade options on securities exchanges Protect your rights and satisfy your contract obligations Target sectors using technical analysis Minimize potential losses and optimize rewards Map out your plan of attack Limit your downside when trading the trend Combine options to limit your position risk Benefit from exchange traded funds Key in on volatility for trading opportunities Capitalize on sideways movements Trading options is serious business. Trading Options For Dummies gives you the expert help you need to succeed.

Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies

by Audrey Pavia Kate Gentry-Running Dvm Cva

Want to know the best ways to care for your horse? Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies gives you up-to-the-minute guidance on keeping horses healthy at all stages of life. It provides the latest information on equine nutrition and healthcare, explaining how your horse's body functions and how to keep it in good working order. Packed with practical advice on equine first aid and alternative therapies, this completely practical, plain-English guide explains exactly what to feed your four-legged "hayburner" and how much. You'll find out what kind of preventive care is vital to keeping your horse in good physical shape and how to recognize signs of illness when things go wrong. You'll get the low-down on the diseases and conditions most likely to plague the domestic horse and find help in deciding whether to treat problems yourself or call the vet. Discover how to: Manage your horse's diet House your horse safely and comfortably Tend to the daily details of horse care Examine coat, eyes, hooves and manure Identify, control, and prevent equine diseases Understand links between horse behavior and health Practice good horse nutrition Grow your own horse food Cover horse-health-care costs Breed your horse Care for pregnant mares and newborns A healthy horse is a happy horse. Keep your horse fit with a little help from Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies, and you'll be happy too!

Nikon D40/D40x For Dummies

by Julie Adair King

The Nikon D40 and the D40x offer exciting new features that will enable you to take amazing digital photos. These compact cameras pack a big punch at a great price! With Nikon D40/D40x For Dummies, you'll discover what each bell and whistle on your camera does so that you can confidently know when, where, why and how to put each feature to its best use. This friendly full-color guide translates all of those techie words in your Nikon manual into plain English. You'll learn what terms like SLR, resolution, aperture, white balance, and file format really mean and how they effect picture quality. You'll also find out what happens when you press, jiggle, or twist all those serious-looking controls and how to use them to capture the great shots you imagined taking when you became a Nikon owner. Discover how to: Install batteries and memory card Adjust viewfinder to your eyesight Take great pictures automatically Get creative with exposure and lighting Manipulate focus and color Control picture quality and size Download, organize, and archive your photos Print and share your photos Use fast photo-retouching tricks Packed with more than 200 beautiful color photos throughout, Nikon D40/D40x For Dummies is more than an easy-to-use handbook, it's the paperback version of an in-depth photography workshop tailored specifically to help you make the absolute most of your Nikon picture-taking powerhouse.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D For Dummies

by Julie Adair King

The Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D is an ideal camera for first-time digital SLR users. Unfortunately if you don't know photography lingo you might find yourself never veering from your camera's default settings and into all the cool features that help you take outstanding photos. This book takes care of that problem. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D For Dummies comes to the aid of new and inexperienced XTi/400D users by walking them through all the features of their camera. The book not only explains that camera's controls, but also demonstrates how each feature contributes to creating great photos. Illustrated with hundreds of full-color photos, this guide helps you get up-to-speed on the XTi/400D and in control of this popular camera.

Value Investing For Dummies

by Janet Haley Peter J. Sander

Want to follow in Warren Buffett's investing footprints? Value Investing For Dummies, 2nd Edition, explains what value investing is and how to incorporate it into your overall investment strategy. It presents a simple, straightforward way to apply proven investment principles, spot good deals, and produce extraordinary returns.This plain-English guide reveals the secrets of how to value stocks, decide when the price is right, and make your move. You'll find out why a good deal is a good deal, no matter what the bulls and bears say, get tips in investing during jittery times, and understand how to detect hidden agendas in financial reports. And, you'll uncover the keys to identifying the truly good businesses with enduring and growing value that continually outperform both their competition and the market as a whole. Discover how to:Understand financial investmentsView markets like a value investorAssess a company's valueMake use of value investing resourcesIncorporate fundamentals and intangiblesMake the most of funds, REITs, and ETFsDevelop your own investing styleFigure out what a financial statement is really telling youDecipher earnings and cash-flow statementsDetect irrational exuberance in company publicationsMake a value judgment and decide when to buyComplete with helpful lists of the telltale signs of value and "unvalue," as well as the habits of highly successful value investors, Value Investing For Dummies, 2nd Edition, could be the smartest investment you'll ever make!

Blogging For Dummies

by Shane Birley Susannah Gardner

Everybody's doing it! And while that logic never got far with your mother, it's a fine reason to start blogging, especially if you have a business to build or a cause to promote. Well-run blogs do more than offer an outlet for your thoughts. They've actually influenced everything from a company's image to the outcome of a local election.Because the blogosphere is pretty crowded, it's a good idea to find out a bit about the anatomy of a blog, what makes a good one, and what it takes to keep one going before you dive right in and start sharing with the world. Blogging For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you all the basics so you can get a good start. And if you've been around the blog a few times and want to advance to the next level, Blogging For Dummies, 2nd Edition even takes a look at podcasting and videoblogging.You'll find out how to:Make your blog stand out in a crowd, build an audience, and even make it payChoose the best software options, boost readership, and handle commentsGenerate revenue from your blog with ads and sponsorshipsProtect your privacy and your jobDeal with spam and the inappropriate comments from that guy who posts several times a dayFind your nicheAttract and keep readersUse your blog to promote your business, cause, or organizationAdd audio, video, cool widgets, and moreReady? Get Blogging for Dummies and let's get started!

Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies

by Carol Ann Rinzler Martin W. Graf

Need to get your cholesterol in check? You'll find the latest information about cholesterol, including treatments, drug information, and dietary advice, in Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies, 2nd Edition, an easy-to-understand guide to cholesterol control. You'll learn how to lower your numbers and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. You'll also find out how to eat and exercise properly, use vitamins and supplements, and quit unhealthy habits.You'll find out cholesterol's positive functions and why too much can be a bad thing. You can also assess your cholesterol risk by taking your age, sex, ethnicity, and family history into consideration. Find out what you need to ask your doctor about stress tests, ECBT, and angiograms to check for plaque buildup. Design a cholesterol-crushing diet and understand which foods can help you lower your numbers. Find out how smoking, alcohol, exercise, excess weight, supplements, and prescription medications affect your cholesterol levels. Find out how to:Assess your cholesterol riskUnderstand the benefits and risks associated with cholesterolDesign and adhere to a cholesterol-lowering dietAvoid dangerous drugsReduce your risk of heart attackChoose fats and fibers correctlyCheck for plaque buildupComplete with lists of ten important cholesterol websites, ten nutrition websites, ten cholesterol myths, ten landmarks in cholesterol history, ten foods that raise your cholesterol, and ten foods that lower your cholesterol, Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help keep your cholesterol levels under control for good!

Excel 2007 Dashboards and Reports For Dummies

by Michael Alexander

What's the use of putting out reports that no one reads? Properly created dashboards are graphical representations that put data in a context for your audience, and they look really cool! How cool? You'll find out when you see the dazzling examples in Excel 2007 Dashboards & Reports For Dummies. And, before long, everyone's eyes will be riveted to your dashboards and reports too!This revolutionary guide shows you how to turn Excel into your own personal Business Intelligence tool. You'll learn the fundamentals of using Excel 2007 to go beyond simple tables to creating dashboard-studded reports that wow management. Get ready to catch dashboard fever as you find out how to use basic analysis techniques, build advanced dashboard components, implement advanced reporting techniques, and import external date into your Excel reports. Discover how to:Unleash the power of Excel as a business intelligence toolCreate dashboards that communicate and get noticedThink about your data in a new wayPresent data more effectively and increase the value of your reportsCreate dynamic labels that support visualizationRepresent time and seasonal trendingGroup and bucket dataDisplay and measure values versus goalsImplement macro-charged reportingUsing Excel 2007 as a BI tool is the most cost-efficient way for organizations of any size create powerful and insightful reports and distribute throughout the enterprise. And Excel 2007 Dashboards and Reports for Dummies is the fastest you for you to catch dashboard fever!

PCs All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

by Mark L. Chambers

Need the scoop on Windows Vista? How about Office 2007? Anything you need to know about using your PC can probably be found in PCs All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, 4th Edition.This handy guide is made up of eight convenient minibooks, so you can find what you need in a hurry. And in case you think you've seen it before, this fourth edition is fully updated for all the newest, coolest stuff. Want a guided tour of the Vista operating system and how it differs from XP? Check out minibook #2. Have you heard about Microsoft Works but aren't sure what it's about? Find out in Book #4. Planning to network all the computers in your home? Minibook #8 is just what you need. The entire repertoire includesPC HardwareWindows VistaThe InternetMicrosoft WorksOffice 2007Fun With Movies, Music, and PhotosUpgrading and SuperchargingHome NetworkingFor all the things you probably do with your PC -- browsing the Internet, e-mail, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, organizing and sharing digital photos and video, downloading music -- you'll find you can get right to the point and discover what you want to know, quickly and easily. You'll want to keep PCs All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, 4th Edition handy, say on your desk, maybe?

Sarbanes-Oxley For Dummies

by Jill Gilbert Welytok JD, CPA

You may not believe that there's a fun and easy way to comply with Sarbanes -Oxley, but once you have Sarbanes-Oxley For Dummies, Second Edition in front of you, you're sure to change your mind. This friendly guide gets you quickly up to speed with the latest SOX legislation and shows you safe and effective ways to reduce compliance costs.In plain English, this completely reliable handbook walks you through the new and revised SOX laws, introduces compliance strategies for changed and unchanged guidelines, and gives you an effective framework for implementation You'll find out how to create an efficient audit committee, purchase and use SOX software solutions, and make practical, cost-effective decisions in your initial compliance year and beyond. You'll also find proven strategies for staying public or going private and learn how to deal with all those SOX forms. Discover how to:Establish SOX standards for IT professionalsMinimize compliance costs in every area of your companySurvive a section 404 auditAvoid litigation under SOXAnticipate future rules and trendsCreate a post-SOX paper trailBolster your company's standing and reputationWork with SOX in a small businessMeet new SOX standardsBuild a board that can't be boughtComply with all SOX management mandatesComplete with invaluable tips on how to form an effective audit committee, Sarbanes-Oxley For Dummies is the resource you need to keep your SOX clean.

Coin Collecting For Dummies

by Neil S. Berman Ron Guth

Can't make heads or tails out of coin collecting? You need Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, the treasure trove on information on numismatics. This hands-on guide escorts you through the world's oldest hobby, helping you decide which type of coins you want to collect, keep your collection in mint condition, buy and sell coins on the Internet, find interesting coin shows to attend, and assemble and diversify a great collection.The purpose of this fun, easy-to-access guide is to turn you into a world-class coin collector in as little time as possible. You'll learn what coins can teach you about history and geography, develop organizational and observational skills, and learn to use analytical tools, all without event thinking about it. And you'll learn the basics about ancient coins, U.S. coins, world coins, and the wild-and-wooly stuff that really gets your numismatic juices flowing. Discover how to:Start your collection correctlyEvaluate coins using age, condition, rarity, and moreBuy interesting coins without breaking the bankLocate rare and expensive coinsGet savvy about avoiding fakesGet the whole family involved in your collectionDevelop a buying strategyClean and handle coins safelyKeep your collection secure at home and on the roadInvestigate tokens, medals, and miscellaneous coinsCreate complete collections of copper, nickel, silver, or gold U.S. coinsWhen it comes to numismatics, Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition is right on the money!

ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies

by Ken Cox

Did you volunteer to create a Web site for the softball team? Is it time to take your small business to the next level and let your customers shop online? Well, you can relax! ASP.NET 3.5 makes creating a dynamic site faster and cleaner than ever before, and ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies makes it easier.First, you'll get an introduction to all the tools and terminology you need to understand ASP.NET. If you've used earlier versions of ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer, you can probably skip that part and jump right into what's new in 3.5. You'll make friends with LINQ and SQL, create sites in Visual Web Developer 2008 Express, and much more. Before you know it, you'll discover how to:Integrate data, track shopping cart contents, and whisk away bugsCreate user interfaces with easy navigationUse the ListView control for sophisticated formattingWrite LINQ queriesAdd a table to a databaseCreate an event handlerTake advantage of the drag 'n' drop feature that lets you write less codePut all the features to work to develop dynamic Web applicationsThe softball team is going to love that Web site, and your customers might enjoy shopping on your site so much that you'll have to expand your business to fill all the orders! We can't promise that, of course, but we're pretty sure that ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies will make creating Web sites easier and a lot more fun.

Spirituality For Dummies

by Sharon Janis

Want to get in touch with your spiritual side? Spirituality For Dummies. 2nd Edition, shows you how to use spiritual principles to understand and improve your life, empower you mind, and nourish your soul. Complete with a CD filled with calming, spiritual music, it is your personal guide to serenity and spiritual healing.Spiritual philosopher Sharon Janis shows you how to discover the deeper calling of your soul, survive and thrive through adversity, and look at the world with optimism. You'll learn how to use meditation, yoga, prayer, and journaling for inward reflection and to spark new vistas as you unfold your own spiritual wisdom and move forward on your spiritual journey in your own individual way. You'll find similarities and differences among a variety basic spiritual concepts from different religious and philosophical traditions, and you'll discover how to:Find your spiritual pathUplift your body, mind, and spiritFulfill your greatest dreamsSpiritualize your relationshipsCultivate your spiritual virtuesIncrease your inner peace and happinessTurn troubles into triumphsRecognize yourself as a co-creatorBe a VIP: a very inspired personThe companion CD that accompanies this gentle guide brings you more than 60 minutes of inspirational music from around the world. It features the author and other artists performing songs and chants from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions in their native languages.Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

C# 2008 For Dummies

by Stephen R. Davis Chuck Sphar

Whether you're a total novice or a programmer shifting to C#, the newest version of this programming language is full of cool features you'll want to use. With its Visual Studio compatibility, C# is the perfect language for building Windows Vista applications. And the 2008 version works with LINQ, a query language with syntax similar to SQL but which simplifies database code and can also write queries on XML files.For the best basic C# how-to, it's hard to beat C# 2008 For Dummies. This plain-English guide to programming with C# can have you creating your first console application before you finish Part I. In fact, the basic template you create at that point will be the foundation of many other apps as you move through the book. Along the way you'll get the scoop on organizing your data, object-oriented programming (also known as OOP), and a great LINQ-related feature called delegates and events. You'll find out how toCreate a console application templatePerform logical comparisonsWork with loops and if statementsUnderstand collection syntaxUse interfaces and object-oriented conceptsApply delegates and events, and much moreYou'll even gain some rare insight into how to understand error messages you may get when programming in C#. All the code you need can be found on the companion Web site, along with great bonus information that helps you do more with C# 2008. So -- what are you waiting for? Grab C# 2008 For Dummies and let's get started!

Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies

by Vanessa L. Williams Rick Leinecker

Visual Studio 2008 is packed with features that help you create better software and do it with less repetition and drudgery. Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies shows you how to make the most of this cool suite of tools! It's all here!This comprehensive, seven-books-in-one guide gets you up and running with Visual Studio 2008 in no time. You'll discover Microsoft's vision for Visual Studio, get familiar with the .Net environment and languages, and learn how to install, browse, and make connections with Visual Studio. Soon, you'll be building applications for Vista, Office 2007, and mobile devices; using AJAX and LINQ; and testing and debugging your programs. Discover how to:Understand Visual Studio's role in software developmentWork with .Net languagesDevelop applications for VistaBuild smart client interfacesUse the visual data designerUse Ajax controlsStreamline application deploymentDebug your applicationsExplore ASP. NET servicesWork with strongly typed data setsAccess data with Visual StudioProgram with Visual Studio 2008Build professional reports with Crystal ReportsFully updated with new information on Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 development, MS Office application development, and more, Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies also features a companion Web site packed with sample projects, supplemental podcasts, and a support forum. You'll never find a smarter way to get up to speed with Visual Studio 2008!

Windows Home Server For Dummies

by Woody Leonhard

If you work in an office, you probably don't lose much sleep worrying about whether your files are safe if your PC melts down. Company IT departments handle those things for business networks. But how about all those precious photos, address lists, the family genealogy, and everything else that lives on your home network? Windows Home Server can save the day if one of your personal PCs hiccups, and Windows Home Server For Dummies serves up all the stuff you need to know to put it to work.Forget everything you've heard about previous versions of Windows Server; this all-new variation has been designed for people who don't wear white lab coats or pocket protectors. Woody Leonhard has tested it and it passed with flying colors. If you have a home or small business network, this book shows you how Windows Home Server helps youShare files among all the PCs in your homeAccess your files from anywhereMake regular backups automaticallyStore files securelyPlay music, TV shows, or movies on your XboxShare multimedia across your networkKeep your virus protection and system upgrades up to dateGet regular reports on the overall health of your networkWindows Home Server For Dummies provides sage advice on choosing a version of Windows Home Server, installing it, setting up users and passwords, using remote access, scheduling automatic scans and backups, and having fun with multimedia. Trust Woody-- you'll sleep better.

Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 For Dummies

by Jim Mccarter Jacqui Salerno Mabin

This is supposed to be the age of instant and constant communication, right? And if you have a business, belong to an organization, or have a cause you want to promote, a great-looking flyer or brochure can say a lot.If you have Microsoft Office Professional, Small Business, or Ultimate on your PC, you already have a great communication tool hidden inside--Publisher 2007. Use it to promote your organization with newsletters, cards, and brochures. This book gets you started with Publisher basics so you can start communicating with your public.Chances are you're not planning to become a Publisher guru; you just want to use Publisher to get some things done. Then Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 For Dummies is just the book for you! It has just what you need to know toUnderstand design basics and plan a pageSet up a flyer or publication and place text and pictures where they work bestUse various Publisher templatesIncorporate images and files from other programsBuild Web sites with PublisherPrepare your creations for printing or posting onlineWhether you're selling a product or service, getting the word out about a not-for-profit organization, or helping out your church, synagogue, or school, Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 For Dummies makes it easy.

Windows Server 2008 For Dummies

by Ed Tittel Justin Korelc

If you're curious, but hesitant, about finding your way around Microsoft's new Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 For Dummies is the book for you. This friendly reference shows you everything you need to know -- from installation and deployment to building and running a Windows Server 2008 network.Server-based networking really is a big deal, and this 100% plain-English guide helps you make the most of it. You'll find out about Windows Server 2008's important functions, capabilities and requirements; develop a network implementation plan; take a step-by-step walkthrough of the installation process; and get valuable tips on how to boost your bandwidth beyond belief! Before you know it, you'll be configuring connections to the Universe, working with active directory, and treating domains and controllers like old pals. Discover how to:Build and connect your networkInstall and configure Windows Server 2008Set up and manage directory servicesManage users and groupsInstall and manage print serversSecure your networkTroubleshoot active networksPlan for installing Active DirectoryProclaim and manage your own domainResolve names between TCP/IP and NetBIOSManage shares, permissions, and moreDevelop and implement a regular backup protocolWindows Server 2008 For Dummies may be easy-going, but it's simply packed with need-to-know stuff that will send you diving into Windows Server 2008 experience just for the fun of it. So start now!

Destination Weddings For Dummies

by Susan Breslow Sardone

Want to have a wonderful wedding away from home? Destination Weddings For Dummies is your all-in-one guide to getting married out of town, giving you savvy tips on everything from making travel arrangements to hiring vendors to dressing the wedding party.Fron Vegas to the Vatican, this hands-on, practical resource helps you arrange a unique, unforgettable wedding anywhere in the world. Focusing on the various ways you can use the Internet in your planning, Destination Weddings For Dummies is filled with Web tips, shortcuts, and URLs, as well as instructions for creating your own digital wedding planner. You'll see how to establish a realistic wedding budget and get your friends and family on board. Then, you'll choose the perfect location; from Europe to the tropics to the open sea, we've done the scouting for you! You'll also discover how to:Get married legally around the worldKnow who, when, and how to inviteCreate your own destination wedding Web site and blogFit all the basics into your budget-- from flowers and catering to the rings, photography, and musicHire wedding pros from a distanceDecide on your ceremony's styleDress the bride, groom, and the wedding partyCommunicate your plans to invited guestsCompare wedding packagesSave money on travel arrangementsTest-drive your destination wedding siteOrganize fun wedding activitiesHandle various wedding emergenciesIf money is no object, you'll also see how to host a blowout wedding and make a splash when you splurge. Whether it's a small, intimate ceremony in a Hawaiian garden or a large gathering on a yacht in the Mediterranean, Destination Weddings For Dummies is all you need to get married anywhere you choose with ease and in style!

Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies

by Alice Von Kannon Christopher Hodapp

Entering the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies is like stepping into a distant, parallel universe where the laws of physics have completely changed: black means white, up is down, and if you want to understand what's really going on, you need a good reference book. That's where Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies comes in.Whether you're a skeptic or a true believer, this fascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks you through some of the most infamous conspiracy theories -- such as Area 51 and the assassination of JFK -- and introduces you to such mysterious organizations as the Freemasons, the Ninjas, the Mafia, and Rosicrucians. This behind-the-curtain guide helps you separate fact from fiction and helps you the global impact of these mysterious events and groups on our modern world. Discover how to:Test a conspiracy theorySpot a sinister secret societyAssess the Internet's role in fueling conspiracy theoriesExplore world domination schemesEvaluate 9/11 conspiracy theoriesFigure out who "they" areGrasp the model on which conspiracy theories are builtFigure out whether what "everybody knows" is trueDistinguish on assassination brotherhood from anotherUnderstand why there's no such thing as a "lone assassin"Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten, while buns come in eight-packs? Everybody knows its a conspiracy, right? Find out in Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies.

Visual Basic 2008 For Dummies

by Bill Sempf

Visual Basic is a favorite programming language, so if you're new to programming, it's a great place to start. Visual Basic 2008 For Dummies is the fun and easy way to begin creating applications right away while you get the hang of using the Visual Studio environment. Soon you'll be building all sorts of useful stuff with VB 2008!This step-by-step guide walks you through a logical series of tasks that build your skills as you get comfortable with .Net terminology, theory, tools, and design principles. You'll learn how to build an application in four different architectural styles, and you'll find out how to make your programs validate input and output, make decisions, and protect themselves from security threats. Discover how to:Install the Visual Studio environmentWrite a VB programUse Web forms, Windows forms, and Web servicesEstablish good programming practicesCreate class librariesWrite secure applicationsDebug your applicationsWork with strings and "if-then" statementsIterate with counted and nested loopsPass arguments and get return valuesAccess data with VB.NETWork with the file system using VBYou'll also find great tips for working with the VB user interface, using VB.NET in C# programming, troubleshooting your VB programs, taking your programming to the next level, and more! Once you get your hands on Visual Basic 2008 For Dummies, you'll be programming like a genius in no time!

Watercolor Painting For Dummies

by Colette Pitcher

Have you ever been amazed by watercolor paintings that seem to spring to life before your eyes? Would you love to be able to paint with watercolors? Now, you can. Watercolor Painting For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to create breathtaking paintings so beautiful you won't believe you made them yourself.This friendly, guide gives you hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises to help you master the basics. Filled with full-color projects and sample paintings, it shows you how to work with color and texture, practice composition, and make smooth changes. You'll find out how to select the best tools, materials, and supplies, practice basic brush strokes, and use the three best common techniques: flat wash, graded wash, and rough texture. Discover how to:Select the right brushes, pigments, and paperMix colors and work with whiteCreate backgrounds and foregroundsTransfer your drawings to watercolorAvoid common watercolor mistakesExperiment with texture using salt, sponges, plastic wrap, and moreFind your way around the color wheelPractice the principles of designPlan compositions using thumbnailsWork with one-point, two-point, and three-point perspectivePaint fabrics, shiny surfaces, and organic texturesPaint landscapes, seascapes, animals and moreComplete with strategies for improving your painting immediately and marketing and selling your work, Watercolor Painting For Dummies, is the resource you need to make your creative dreams come true.

Oil Painting For Dummies

by Sherry Stone Clifton Anita Marie Giddings

Nobody ever said that oil painting was easy. But it gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft. That's what you'll find in Oil Painting For Dummies.Completely free of arty jargon, this full-color guide has all the hands-on instruction you need to master the basics. You'll see how to plan a painting, build an image in layers, mix colors, and create stunning compositions. You'll also find everything you need to know about oil paints, solvents, and pigments; brushes, palettes, and painting surfaces; and how to keep costs down at the art supply store. Discover how to:Choose the right suppliesSet up your studio and care for your equipmentHandle your materials safelyDevelop your design and composition skillsMake practice sketches and studiesUse broken stroke, dry brush, glazing, scraffito and other brush strokesTry out different compositionsMix any color you wantSimplify tricky still-life subjectsPaint landscapes and common objects out doorsPaint portraits and the human formComplete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, Oil Painting For Dummies is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist!

BusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies

by Derek Torres Stuart Mudie Julie Albaret

BusinessObjects may seem like a dauntingly complex topic, but BusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies makes is a snap. Even if you're new to business intelligence tools, this user-friendly guide makes it easy to access, format and share data, analyze the information this data contains, and measure your organization's performance.In no time, you'll be finding your way around Universes to see how everything is shaping up, viewing and creating reports, building powerful queries on your organizations database, and measuring your company's performance using BusinessObjects XI Release 2. This completely jargon-free handbook will put you in complete control of the ways and means of a truly exciting and powerful suite of business intelligence tools. Discover how to:Make business decisions with help from BusinessObjectsUse BusinessObjects XI wizardsPerform a server installationCreate and define a UniverseSet up desktop reportingCustomize and use InfoViewMeasure performance with Dashboard and AnalyticsTake advantage of data marts and understand how they fit into your BusinessObjects systemCreated by a team with more than 15 years combined experience working with BusinessObjects tools, BusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies comes complete with several short lists of useful information, including tips on how to prepare for a successful BusinessObjects integration and helpful resources beyond the pages of this book. You'll also find an overview of Crystal Reports, BusinessObjects' companion reporting tool.

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