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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Defensive Design for the Web : How to improve error messages, help, forms, and other crisis points (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: 37signals, Matthew Linderman, Jason Fried
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required reading if you design web pages


I've read the other reviews on this site and the negative ones seem to think the stuff in this book is rehashed or just common knowledge. I guess they didn't need this book. However, there are quite a lot of sites out there with horrible interfaces that could be made better if only they WOULD read "Defensive Design for the Web." So obviously there are those out there who CAN benefit from it.
This is not strictly a book for web designers. It is a great one for business owners and those who actually pay the bills for web design. It helps explain why something is bad if they have a paricular pet peeve about doing something you think is plain bad design.
Being a web developer, I can't say everything in it was something I didn't know. Some of it's just plain common sense. What I really liked was that it's short, to the point, and has an abundance of examples of both how to do something and how NOT to do it. If you want to create a better user experience, get this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good study reference, sample questions pretty realistic


I recently passed the VB.NET (70-306) and C# (70-316) exams by studying this book and the ADO.NET core reference. The examples in the book are of little real-world help, but they get the point across. The sample questions are pretty right on as far as prepping you for the test; the only bad thing is that the answers/explanations don't come with the questions, which is a bit of a pain. All of the questions that I saw on the exams were covered to some degree in the book - some more than others, so you have to pay attention to the fine print. More than once a single sentance in the book translated to a full question on the exam. The book at least gives you a starting point on what to look for. The ADO.NET chapters are good, but are not enough to cover everything on the exam in any detail. The ADO.NET core reference is BORING, but it gets the job done. If VB.NET is your 'thang' then also look into "Coding Techniques for Visual Basic .NET", I found it to be very well written and the in-book examples are excellent. Hope this helps and GL!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Information Security Management Handbook, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors:
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Book PLUS test software = CISSP


This book is a compilation of several documents by various authors, and tends to be dry. I read (tried to at least) this book and also did the practice software ... and passed. The book prvoided some good fundamentals, and the software really prepared me....



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
Have no fear, the rave reviews are not just hyperbole!


Knowing nothing (zero without the rim) about designing web pages, I inquired about "HTML for Dummies". After reading several less than stellar reviews I noticed that many people recommended this book. I was not disappointed and am looking forward to the 4th edition. The layout is simple to follow and the examples are very complete. She really took the time to systematically cover the important little things, and the specific quirks of Netscape vs. Internet Explorer. It is a outstanding introduction and reference book. When I finished reading it I had great confidence in my ability to do something I had never done before.