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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!


If you need to read something about usability, buy this book. It's simple, nice and clear. Goes straight to the point and with a very friendly way to describe each theme.Krug really knows how to reach the reader and the user, something that "guru" Nielsen never acchieves.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective STL: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of the Standard Template Library
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
More Brain Teaser than Tutorial


God bless Scott Meyers and this is (probably) a good book. But it doesn't fit into the same educational niche as his books on effective C++. I read "Effective C++: 50..." WHEN I was learning C++, and it made sense and it enhanced the learning experience. It left me with the impression that I could master C++. I read "Effective C++: 35..." after I learned C++ and was left with the impression that C++ could always find a way to misbehave unless I was very careful. Well, I thought that I knew a little bit about STL and that this new effort from Scott Meyers would improve my knowledge. Wrong! Meyers thoughtfully ranked the articles by difficulty. I could not muddle through the easiest of them. OK, so I learned that I don't know STL and need to do some stretching. Given Meyers' previous efforts, this has to be a good book. It's just not as accessible. This is not a beginner's book. I knocked off one star because this book is less than I expected it to be.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Create a useful site as innovative as the web itself


Jackob Nielsen has put together the most logical and useful book on creating usable websites with the kind of information people want. And, when you think of it, what's more important?
You can design a web site, sure, but making it something folks learn from and want to come back to is something else. So is making it easy to use and chocking it full of the kind of information visitors want to see. His emphasis is on the business site, but the principles apply to everyone. If your web site is just for play, and you don't care about usability, this book isn't for you.
In the introduction, "Why web usability," Nielsen points out that there are two approaches to web site design: one of artistic expression and the other of problem solving for the customer (meaning web site visitor). He promises a systematic approach to designing a site that encompasses both. He accomplishes his goal beautifully. For each principle he gives, he provides a background of statistical support.
This is not a book about how to construct a web site as much as it's about how to make that site attractive and easy to use. As he says, you'll have to go elsewhere to learn HTML and how to design and put your site on the web but you should read this first to learn what your customers or audience want and how to make your site useful as well as appealing.
Common errors in web design include: Treating the web like a business brochure, managing a site as if it were a traditional corporate project, structuring the site to mirror the company, creating gorgeous pages that look great to insiders but don't necessarily appeal to customers, writing that's linear, and not linking to relevant sites that would be helpful to your customers. "The Web is a new medium and requires a new approach, as explained in this book," he writes.
This is an intelligent book. It's not hard reading but on the other hand, it's not written for children. It's full of new vision and great advice. It's definitely not the only book you should have on web design, but it should be in your collection.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 Studio Techniques (Studio Techniques)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Jacob Rosenberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE definitive book on Premiere Pro


I can only imagine the amount of time and effort devoted to this book. Over 500 pages of content!
Every aspect of this book was done properly with great attention to detail. The layout is inviting, the color in the book is beautiful, the topics are laid out well and covered very clearly...very intuitive.
The most impressive aspect of this book is the practical application of the software demonstrated with Jacob's own real world projects and experience. It's great to learn what the features are, but understanding, why, when and how to use them turns an informative book into a productive one.
Nobody is more qualified than Jacob to detail the intricacies of this elaborate application. He is the preeminent expert on Adobe Premiere and has been for quite some time. I've known Jacob for years now and it's obvious that he does quality work in every respect. This book is no exception.