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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A concise and clear learning and reference guide

We bought this quickstart guide for all of our developers and they use it frequently. It is packed with examples and illustrations, which is exactly what developers like. No long drawn out tutorials. And it also shows differences to be aware of in the 2 major browsers and how to code for both.
We also use the Javascript and DHTML books by the same publisher. A great collection to have no matter what your skill level.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Cram 2
Publisher: Que
Authors: David Francis, Greg Horine
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

I used this book in preparation for the PMP exam with other materials, and I can say it was key to my success. This book contains many shortcuts and timesavers. If want to hone your Project Management skills and pass the PMP exam, then I would highly recommend reading PMP Exam Cram 2.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Poor organization and inconsistent tone

I'm surprised to see so many positive reviews for _Learning Perl_. As another reviewer said, I think these comments represent more enthusiasm for the language than for the book. Randal Schwartz has a great reputation in the open-source community, and I have no experience with him as a trainer or consultant, but judging from this book I wouldn't hire him.
The book has a serious problem in that the tone is totally inconsistent. Difficult concepts are explained in terms that assume in-depth knowledge of C, C++, and UNIX; and simple concepts are run into the ground in page after page of trivial examples. The authors also make the serious mistake, all too common in technical books, of providing jokey examples that obscure the main point---identifiers that form puns on statements, irrelevant jokes in comments, and so on. To some people this comes across as a light, friendly tone; to me it smacks of condescension and clannishness.
I made the mistake of trying to use this book as a textbook for an introductory Perl class of students with a variety of levels of programming experience. The C-savvy students were bored, and the beginners felt they were being teased and condescended to.
Summary: This book isn't up to O'Reilly's usual high standards. If you want to learn Perl, and you already have some programming experience, start with _Programming Perl_ and _Perl Cookbook_ (the Camel Books). If you have no programming experience, start with Simon Cozens' _Beginning Perl_.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Critical: Gaining Competitive Advantage through High-Quality Web Content
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Authors: Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Do you WANT a better Web Site? Buy this book.

Dear Readers.
Gerry McGovern and Rob Norton have nearly restored my faith in "computer books" and I've bought hundreds of them.
But this bright red-covered CONTENT CRITICAL document I'm holding in my hand isn't exactly like any of the other ones, is it?
The authors write in clear, straightforward, Standard English. Do you have any idea how rare that is? It is so pleasant to read good, useful ideas without the necessity of untangling acronyms and technobable.
This book is the real stuff.
Quick examples of straight talk:"Search functions on many individual websites are hopelessly inadequate.", "People are under a lot of pressure today...the average reader doesn't have the time for content that doesn't get to the point."
The authors don't just ask the questions, they follow through. They show you how to fix the glitches, how to organize your content.
That's it.
They speak English and they know how to explain things.
I can't get into greater detail now because I only have a thousand words, and no pictures.
If you are serious about teaching a web class or improving the content of your own pages, this book is well worth the price.
Ken WadeAssociate ProfessorChamplain CollegeBurlington, VT </font>