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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A very good book dealing with interaction automation

A definite buy to aid in automation of interactiive processess. A stepwise introduction. Most of the actual and useful examples are at the later stage of the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A metaphorical fugue on mind and machines

_Godel_Escher_Bach_(GEB) is a monumental book, as demonstrated by enthusiastic reviews it received and its winning of the Pulitzer prize. GEB presents and deals with the topics of formal systems, meta-mathematics, recursion, meaning, thinking, levels of existence and artificial intelligence. I will not even attempt supplying a more detailed description of the contents, as in order to justly represent it the whole book must be included, as this book is crammed and packed with ideas, concepts and views which are all essential to its fabric. As the extremely brief and partial list of topics I mentioned may, or may not, suggest, this subjects the book deals with are fascinating. Any intellectually active person will find it enlightening. Among those who I suspect may be most interested in reading this book, and who have the most tools to appreciate it and profit from it, are programmers. GEB supplies an invaluable insight into the heart of computer programming, grasping concepts a programmer will appreciate as a reach into the very soul of creation. What makes this book really special is, however, the way it is built. The whole book is, metaphorically speaking, one continuous intellectual adventure with views which provoke reader's imagination, oracles who challenge his power of logic and wise old men who teach the mysteries of life. The exploration path the book takes inside knowledge is well defined and well structured, while it keeps the reader free to wander off and explore the land around it whenever he is intrigued by the implications of what he learns. One highly amusing and appealing technique used in GEB is preceding each chapter with a short story (a few pages long) "in the spirit of Lewis Carroll" of Achilles, the tortoise and their merry company, a story which vividly demonstrates key concepts which the actual chapter then goes on to discuss, often based on the metaphors presented in that story. All in all, _Godel_Escer_Bach_ is extremely fascinating, entertaining and enriching. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You'll finally realize why VCR clocks are difficult to set

Not only are VCR clocks difficult to set, but you will understand why any device with a computer chip in it is usually a challenge to use.

In fact, as you read the book and start thinking about its themes, you will realize that most computerized devices are more difficult to use than they should be. And when you start thinking about the devices that you own being unnecessarily difficult to use, you will become very annoyed.

For example, I never questioned until now why my cell phone contains three differenct kinds of locks (keypad lock, phone lock and security lock) when all three locks, to the user, do the same thing--prevent unintended/unauthorized use of the phone. Why not just lock or unlock the phone?

The "Pay at the Pump" gasoline stations always ask if you want a receipt. I always press "Yes", but the computer never seems to remember.

If you are involved with user design, I highly recommend you read this book. The insight it gives you into the minds of technical and non-technical people alone are worth the price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's the best

If I ever meet Eric Meyer in person, I'll have to drop to my knees and worship him. All of his books are outstanding, but this one is his best.
It's not for CSS beginners at all, but if you're basically familiar with CSS and want to learn more practical applications, then this book is for you:
- Navigation menus with CSS - retrofitting existing pages for CSS - creating printable pages
There's something good on every page. I teach Web design and have recommended it to my students. You can't go wrong with Eric Meyer and CSS.