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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Web Usability to the EXTREME!

I just can't believe this guy is preaching web usability when his OWN web site ( useit.com ) is just a big long scrolling page of text and hyperlinks, with no navigation of any kind.
Jakob Nielsen's idea of web design is similar to George Orwell's idea of 1984. Jakob would have us convert our HTML pages to a kind of "HTMLspeak," where our creative design is consolidated to just one long scrolling page of text to appeal to a sort of technologically inept society.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Top of the List for Design Books

I have been developing user interfaces for 18 years from successful computer games to business applications.
I read this book several years ago and it is now at the top of my list for anyone starting in UI design work. Its memorable Joshua Tree principle and C.R.A.P. acronym have stuck with me.
Anyone doing anything visual on paper or screen should have this book in their library. Thank you Robin for a great contribution to the field!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not just a certification book...

This book is the best certification book on the market. But beyond that, it's one of the best java books around. Other certification books seem light weight compared to this one. Each topic in this book is treated comprehensively so that you know you are not missing any important details. I liked the use of UML to illustrate key concepts. The UML diagrams of access control concepts helped me visualize class and method relationships. I just passed my exam and I credit this book and it's mock exam for getting me ready.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for beginning Java programmers

This is a superb book, by intelligent authors who understand how to write precisely and clearly. I found it to be an ideal introduction to Java. I'm an experienced VB and VC++ programmer who understands advanced object-oriented concepts and has been itching to learn a language that can implement them. Coming from a strong programming background, this book was IDEAL for me. I don't think I would recommend it to someone who was new to programming, but this book has really gotten me up to speed quickly. I honestly can't imagine a better way they could have laid it out or presented the information. Maybe this book isn't appropriate for people coming from other backgrounds, but I think it's ideal for VB/VC++ developers who want to learn about Java - not just semantic differences, but the core philosophical undercurrents of both language. But I found the author dealing with some complicated Algorithms. I think the emphasis should have been on OO concepts not compared to anything and simpler algorithms that bring out Java programming concepts. The book teach java, irrespect of the computer platform. Because most people use PC platforms, the authors pay more attention to PC users. However, this preferential attention is so minor in comparing to the books overall contents
The book is so concise and authoritative that I continue to use it as a reference.