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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must-Read for Designers and CEOs Alike

Jakob Nielsen really puts his finger on the core issue of websites: Are they usable? If not, your customers aren't coming back. Everybody who thinks they want a website, everyone who HAS a website -- EVERYBODY should read this book. If everyone did, and designers applied what they read, the Web would be a much friendlier and useful place.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best java book in the market

One of the things missing from so many of the "Teach Yourself" Java books is an understanding on the part of the author as to why the language is designed in the manner that it is. Coming from James Gosling, this book contains detailed and extremely concise explanations of Java that explain the deeper logic behind Java.
This is NOT a book for the beginning Java person who just wants to learn how to make an applet or open up a socket. This is a detailed explanation of Java intended to provide a solid reference on the reasoning behind Java. As such, it is very readable and very informative.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Lacking depth

I have to agree with the other reviews who critisize this book. I for one found it lacked depth and didn't cover a lot ofmaterial that I wanted to know about. There's no mentionfor example of how to use the toolbar, and there are sometrick one needs to know to get the toolbar to work effectively.There is no mention of windows with child windows, eg the toplevel property. There isn't much, if any, discussion onon to organise a windows program using C#, especially whendealing with multiple windows.
Overall, good for a beginner but as I said it lacks depth for theprofessional. If you any significant amount of programmingyou will soon outgrow this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alex Martelli, Anna Ravenscroft, David Ascher
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cookbook every Pythoner should have

This book is based on ActiveState on-line library of python recipes which were selected and edited by two well known experts, industry veteran Alex Martelli and David Ascher, with the help from other Python experts. Recipes are organized in seventeen chapters. Chapters begin with short introduction on the topic covered, and is well worth the reading alone (even if you're primarily interested on a specific recipe take the time and read the introduction text). Each recipe is comprised of four sections: Problem definition -> Solution (code) -> Discussion -> Pointers to other relevant recipes or material. No matter how proficient you're at coding in Python you'll certainly found some useful tips, new approaches or coding techniques. Usually technical books have strong and weak parts which I point out in my reviews, this one is different. As someone before me stated, this book is all meat and no fat. What else do you want from your diet?