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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential SNMP
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Douglas Mauro, Kevin Schmidt, Kevin J. Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I came into this book knowing basically nothing about SNMP, and now I feel like an expert. The authors really know their stuff, and they convey it in a relaxed, personal manner that makes what could have been a dry subject entertaining as well as informative. Mauro and Schmidt have rich tech writing careers ahead of them. I couldn't recommend this book more strongly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Illustrator CS for Windows and Macintosh : Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very powerful resource for beginners to Adobe IllustratorCS

I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator very well with the aid of this book. The book is organized in logical steps and the authors speaks in plain english which makes the instructions very easy to understand. The method of teaching in this book allows you to understand why you're performing a certain action. The book shows you how to create results with detailed instructions and mini pictures of Illustrator's tools and menu system. I found that the lessons tied in nicely and it provided me with a natural progression of learning. This book is great for print and web professionals. I found the chapter named Web to be very helpful to myself because I intend to use the complete Creative Suite to create my web pages. There are examples for each technique that is explained. If you have basic or decent Illustrator skills I can't see how this book can't help you. I became so proficient at Illustrator in such a short period of time that my wife marveled at some of my designs. I couldn't believe it myself to be honest. I've never learned software from a book form; I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Even if you don't absorb all of the information in the book, the index makes it easy refresh your memory or learn of a new technique. There is a pattern to this book that allows you to absorb the information very easily. Outstanding book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
35 days of insights

In my POV this is a masterpiece!
I read both (Don Box's book and Stutz's Book)!
Stutz's book has an "inside-out POV" to expose the CLR features,Don Box's book has an "outside-in POV" to expose the CLR features.
These two books are really cool... Any review less than 3 stars must be ignored!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worse than useless

'Designing with Web Standards' by Jeffrey Zeldman is a book about the use of standards in creating websites. Jeffrey Zeldman is a very well known web designer that manages the several very popular design websites. He also co-founded the Web Standards Project to persuade browser makers to comply with standards. I've been creating websites using HMTL since the early 90's and wanted to learn more about CSS, XHTML and so I picked up this book.
This is not your traditional tutorial book - In fact, a majority of the book is spent discussing the topic of standards, which gives this book an almost academic feel. In spite of that, I still really like this book and found this book extremely helpful is designing standards compliant websites.
In particular, the chapter on XHTML is well written and does a great job in explaining everything from DOCTYPE, HTML tags case, closing tags, empty tags and encoding valid XML tags such as < > and &. The chapter on structure combines CSS and XHTML to provide a complete solution for websites. I had used DIV's before but never really understood how and what they were and what was the difference between id and class. After reading this chapter, I feel like I have a very good understanding on the principles of layout and CSS.
I love all the examples in the book, especially in the latter part of the book where you work through different layouts using the technologies you just learned about. I also love the section of the book that lays out and documents all the deficiencies and bugs of existing browsers and how to work around those issues.
If you want to create websites that work in every browser, load quickly, consume less bandwidth and still be visually and functionally attractive, you need this book.