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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
excellent reference, but just a good tutorial

I read the book from cover to cover with the intention of learning HTML this way, but what I found was that the reference qualities of the book made doing it this way painful. Because it is a reference, I found myself slogging through a lot of repetitiveness in various tag explanations. I could cite from memory now the section on every tag explaing the lang and dir attributes. This is critical for a reference that needs to be thorough and consistent and not assume that you've read through the entire book as I have, but makes using it as a tutorial inefficient. I read Elizabeth Castro's HTML book afterwards and found it a much better tutorial (and still a fine reference although not as thorough). Bottom line: if you want a tutorial, get Castro's book - it's a bit simplistic at times, but you'll learn what you need to know a lot faster. If you need an excellent reference, then get this book as well.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Improves an already great game

This is my favorite RPG to date and I've been playing since the first edition of AD&D. I love the D20 system and I love what they've done with Star Wars. I know Hasbro doesn't make the wisest business decisions these days and have gotten rid of much of the staff that were responsible for this masterpiece but I am still hopeful for the future of the game.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Made it to the 3rd edition - speaks for itself

In the highly competitive market of technical books (especially regarding Microsoft products) very few "survive" into later (revised) editions. This book is one of them - an exceptionally well written reference and problem solver.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great book

i'm a CS student and I was a bit bored during my winter break.. so I got this book. it took me about 3-4 weeks to finish it and I think it's a great intro to asp/ado. everything is crystal clear and there are planty of examples on each section/chapter. all i have to say, is that it's a perfect technical book to read and i will definetly buy any other book by John Kauffman..