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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
I own the rest, this is the best.


So what if most other books on HTML are four times as thick as this one? This covers EVERYTHING that they do, only more clearly and for less money. I own just about all of the well known HTML guides and I've come to believe that other publishers are simply employing a marketing tactic by making their books super fat and giving them religious sounding names because they know that newcomers to any given field think that a bigger book must be more complete. Don't be fooled, HTML is not nuclear physics--it doesn't require a God-sounding title or nine-hundred pages to explain! Whether you need a tutorial or reference guide that covers everything from designing properly functioning HTML Web pages to how to go about registering them with search engines -- it's all in this awesome book by Ms Castro.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional (3rd Edition) (Special Edition Using)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Probably a good buy


I can't compare this to the other XP books on the market, but _Using XP_ is better written and better organized than the many other computer tomes I've bought in years past. It also has much less of the useless padding I've come to associate with computer books ... which is to say, marginally relevant information included only to make the book nice and thick, so the consumer will object less to shedding 40 plus bucks for it.
My experience with the index has been consistently frustrating, and I wish the authors had included more hardcore nuts and bolts information in sections V and VI. Still, if ten plus years of experience with computer books is significant, I was quite lucky to find this book, and Windows users are lucky to be able to buy something by these writers. The last operating system book I bought was one of the 'Unleashed' titles, and boy, was that wretched.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Useful book but left me feeling slightly had.


Weighing in a three-quarters of an inch and actually four hundred and fifty-four pages long (456 if you count the inside cover), this impressively-named apologia for CSS-based design greets you with a smile! Or is it a smile? One can't tell, because the mysterious blue-chapeau'ed elf on the front cover does not deign to reveal his expression. Consequently, au courant web designers refer to this paperback as "the Mysterious Blue Elf Book," for the cheeky woodland creature who peeks out at you. Perhaps he had some hand in writing this book, along with Eric A. Myer and Zeldman's facial hair.
The book itself fits nicely with other technical books, neither too tall nor too wide, unlike other lesser works that aggressively jar the harmony and aesthetics of a carefully-trimmed bookshelf. That is not to say the book is not without its faults. Many a fastidious web designer has complained about the cover, presented in bold tangerine, arguing for the conventions of technical blue. Being somewhat stingy with my stars, I am compelled to subtract one, marring an otherwise faultless execution.
There's always hope for the second edition.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Adam Nathan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book for Everyone


I feel a bit uncomfortable writing a review for a tech-book, but I just had to weigh in and express my feelings about this book. I thought this book was incredible. Unbelievably clear and accurate, this book takes you through interop step by step. The book is completely thorough, and leaves nothing to the imagination. Whoever wrote this book obviously demonstrates a degree of mastery of the subject matter not often expressed by even the top computer science gurus. Although his expertise greatly exceeds my own, I was never confused, nor did I feel as if I was being talked down to. I was happy to finally find a comprehensive interop book that I can understand. I highly recommend this book to everyone ... even to people that are smarter than myself.