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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 for Windows for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John Kaufeld
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not worth it


...My user level: beginner to intermediate (I already know how to build basic tables, forms, queries, trying to step up into the world of more complex relationships, reports, etc). I was pretty disappointed with this book: cut out the "for dummies" fluff and what's left are simple instructions on how to use the built in wizards. When I looked for example, for information on form controls in the index, I found they weren't even referenced. The front cover "cheat sheet" is just a listing of telephone and online tech support phone numbers (which you will end up shelling out $$ to call) and web addresses.
Kaufeld spends way too much time trying to make jokiness look like friendly instruction. Then, in place of real instruction, he constantly tells users to go get help from their company tech guy/gal. Wait a minute - I thought I bought this book so I could learn on my own! Apparently, he didn't envision Access users who work outside of a large corporation with an IT department.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Multimedia: Making it Work, Sixth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Tay Vaughan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent book for those interested in multimedia


I was given this book as a gift and it was invaluable. It's easy to read and provides helpful information. I especially liked the CD ROM. Among the things on the CD is a demo of Macromedia Director. Anyone going into multimedia must learn how to use Director. This demo helped me learn the software without investing $500+ in the software.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Topnotch all time classic on object orientation, a must read


This book and the one from Meilir Page-Jones are absolutely must reads for the serious object oriented software developer. Meyers book is thick and you will learn during the read a lot of Eiffel. The detour is absolutely worth it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for JavaScripters


This book was first suggested to me by an article written in Web Monkey by Thau. (Check it out at www.webmonkey.com) And from what I have read so far, this book seems to live up to it's title of being the definitive guide.
Unlike the book however, many aspects of JavaScript (together with browser design) have a long way to go before we get to see a proper definitive version. As such, much text is wasted in pointing out the operational differences between Netscape and Internet Explorer as well as differences between versions. And so, redundant aspects in programing web pages becomes a central issue in most of this book. Hence, the book becomes a little less consise, especially towards the end. Flanagan does his best by avoiding some newer features offered by IE4 (in higher levels of the DOM) and as such the book is in one aspect incomplete. But in walking the tightrope between being consise and being complete is not an easy task, and I feel that Flanagan has done a superb job of removing the fluff without cutting a hole in the cloth.
A highly recomended text for anyone who is familiar enough with the basics of HTML (and with just a dash of Java.) Beginners however may find it a little difficult to follow at first and may try something a little more light weight. (Webmonkey.com is a good place to start)
In short, this book is one which no serious JavaScript programmer should be without. The only question you should ask yourself before buying is book is therefore, "Is JavaScript really worth the trouble?"
I think it is.