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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for everyone invloved in web design


An excellent book that takes on the top sites in the world and offers them advice on where they might still be going wrong. Can't fault it at all.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very nicely done


I purchased the Netscape One Developer's Guide thinking it would provide answers to my Javascript questions - it answered very few, unfortunately. The 'Guide' doesn't begin to approach the ease of use, thoroughness or amount of information contained in "Javascript: The Definitive Guide". Javascript is as completely covered as it can be (with the free-flowing nature of WWW specifications, its hard to keep track of all the changes). I found the descriptions and examples informative, clear and concise and kinda fun sometimes. The layed back nature of the writing won't scare off novice coders/web developers and yet doesn't turn off more advanced developers. The book is cut in half - the first provides an introduction into Javascript and discusses its more important subjects while the second is a complete reference section for Javascript 1.2. It specifically treats the differences between Netscape and Internet Explorer whereas the Netscape One guide left that up to the reader to figure out - an oversight which relegates the Netscape One Developer's Handbook to the dusty bookshelf (way in the back). If you're doing web development and need to use Javascript - this is probably the only book you'll need. If you're doing web development and you're not using Javascript - you NEED this book - it will show you what you can do with simple client-side scripts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good for beginers, Poor for Experienced Developers


I purchased this book as part of a package, and although I didn't pay full price for it, I would say to any experienced developers that you could live without this book. As a developer for 14 years in various languages, I spent most of my time turning the pages as it told me nothing that I didn't already know.
That said, if you are new to programming, then I would suggest that it's a great place to start as all the examples are well documented and the book does cover all areas of development.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
poorly written, lots of info


I admit that this book has much information about Java. How could it not, it is almost 600 pages long!

If you've read K&R, you'll know what a well-written reference manual looks like. If you've read K&R, you'll know that this book is not a well-written reference manual.

The authors oscillate between different examples quickly, making me think that they can't focus well. The examples they provide are not focused on the lesson at hand. They are repetitious - instead of explaining their point once clearly, they explain in twice unclearly. Their code is not self-contained - they give snipets of code, instead of an entire program (which would not have been too much longer).

You could learn a lot from this book, but if you're expecting something similar to K&R in terms of writing ability and clarity, try another book.