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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Beginning Book

This book is for the beginner who likes to take code and tweak it to see if they can get the same result with a little twist. I found the book very informative and have the scripts ready to use.
As for all the reviews that hammer on all JavaScript books relating it to Netscape and not Internet Explorer, wake up. Javascript was created for Netscape by Netscape. Hey I only use IE but understand why Netscape is the browser of choice for Javascript.
I would recommend the book for simplier scripts but if you are ready to learn the full language, get this book as a book of your series and not just it alone.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 (How to Do Everything)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: David Plotkin, David Plotkin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hey Ma, It Worked!

Yes, I used this well-illustrated and easily understandable book and designed a web site in one (long) weekend. The structure is in four parts ascending from the general to the detail, from easy to difficult. The examples are EXACTLY like the screen, unlike other guides in which there were variations.

I researched other support groups and found some written in Microsoftese, a language that few understand. Others had few illustrations or assumed you knew more than you did or were unorganized. This one, recommended by a friend, was perfect. In three minutes I displayed a web page (with the words "THIS IS A TEST" in bright red) using my browser, Netscape. From there, it was downhill. You can stay simple or get complex. You might also want to invest in an HTML book if you wish to modify the code and go further. All in all, a great experience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Texturing & Painting
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Owen Demers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Clearly written and valuable tutorials and reference.

I'm new at computer graphics and this book gives me the start that I found no where else. While I say this book is definately a buy if you want to make great textures, there have been a few places where I wish it was more informative for the newbie. I'm having trouble grasping all these "maps" and what they are. Nothing in the index on maps so I hunted around. There are explanations, but still nothing about what most of the maps physcially are or how to create some of them. Computer graphics is complex with its own lingo so expect, even with this book, to have a steep learning curve. I can't imagine how steep the learning curve would be without this book!
- jim

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good read

This book is a good read. It is full-choke of useful "tidbits" about the do's and do-not's of project management. It is a quick read too; I've read it in a weekend. The reason that I am giving it 4- instead of 5- starts is a really blatant error I've encountered in the 2nd-edition-added chapters: the authors mention "Perl applets!". I mean, there is no such thing: there are Java applets and Perl server-side scripts, but never "Perl Applets"! It gives me the impression that the authors are somewhat detached from recent technical developments.
Overall however a very good read (especially all the talk about patters and antipatterns - "teamicide" - for team formation). Certainly recommended.