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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access Version 2002 Inside Out (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Helen Feddema
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Used it to study for Microsoft Office Specialist ...

This was simply a joy to read, easy to follow, and it allowed me to stengthen my previous Access skills enough to easily pass the Microsoft Office Specialist test for Access 2002.
I am recommending this book to anyone that asks! Thank you very much!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNP Certification Library (CCNP Self-Study 642-801, 642-811, 642-821, 642-831) (3rd Edition) (CCNP study guides)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Clare Gough, Amir Ranjbar, David Hucaby, Craig Dennis, Brian Morgan
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Up-to-date information but with a lot of typos

I bought the CCNP Certification Library for recertifying my CCNP and CCDP. I have just finished reading the BSCI book. Although the book has some up-to-date information such as IS-IS, there are a lot of typing errors which I hope Cisco Press will fix in the second edition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Only for Beginners - Light on Substance

Buy the book and read it from cover to cover.
THEN: Use it.
WHY? "Don't Make Me Think" is loaded with clear, practical and USABLE advice. Although based upon sturdy theory, the book is not "theoretical" or "academic." The value is in Krugs' wealth of experience and real world examples. He expertly includes an annotated script of a "typical" user testing session. If you have never had the opportunity to view or conduct a testing session, this will certainly encourage you to relax and give it a go. Be certain as well to check out the "Trunk Test" on page 87.
WHAT I LEARNED: Of course, the big thing is the difference between THINKING a web page and SEEING a web page. This can be a difficult concept to get across. Not so for Steve Krug. Secondly, "conventions are your friends." The bottom line: "They are very useful. As a rule, conventions only become conventions if they work."
FINALLY: If you are a designer, give copies to your clients. This will help them understand why usability is so important. If you are a webmaster, get copies for your team and the CEO. This will insure that all the effort that goes into development stays focused and that the web site will WORK.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Buy V4, but don't throw away V3.

Having recently shipped an open source JavaScript application framework comprising 125,000 lines of JavaScript (TIBET) I can say it would have been impossible without Version 3 of this book -- and impossible with only Version 4 of this book.
Where Version 3 focused on documenting the *reality* of the browsers, covering the various bugs and inconsistencies in detail, Version 4 abandons that approach in favor of documenting the *dream* embodied in the standards. While that's "a good thing", what's really needed, and what was provided by Version 3, is a volume that also covers how the browers vary from the standards. That's what made V3 the best JavaScript book on the market. Much of that content has been removed from V4 however.
V4 is a solid effort. Don't get me wrong. You should have a copy. The coverage is for the most part accurate and accessible. The new content on Mozilla and the DOM/CSS standards is solid. But the missing material means you can't toss all your other JS books and just settle down with JSTDG V4 :(.
With V3 you rarely needed to go anywhere else. With V4 I find myself looking back at V3 to check accuracy or going to the net to search for bug reports. The book just isn't as functional in the real world of web development. So buy V4, but don't get rid of that well-used copy of V3 just yet ;).