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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Christina Wodtke
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Information Architecture (IA) moved closer to a science

The ergonomically correct design of a web page is a very difficult task. The placement of information on pages and links to other pages is a very inexact, yet necessary science. However, great strides have been made in understanding how humans follow the flow of web pages, what attracts us and what sends us scurrying away in frustration. Many of the results of this ongoing research are summarized in this book. Information architecture is a new area and it is defined as the overall structure of a web presence. It starts at the initial idea of what you expect the web page to offer, continues through to the expectations that the user will have, passing through every facet of what the web page presents to the world. If there is one thing that the dot-bomb phenomena should have taught all of us it is that creating high quality web pages that work is a very hard thing to do. Subtle clues such as proximity, a slight difference in a color or font, location on the page from top to bottom and left to right all communicate something to the user. While those messages are very soft-spoken, they are very real and powerful, so it is necessary to learn them to be successful. The expenses of doing a quality job are much higher than almost everyone realized, so anything that can reduce the difficulty is appreciated. This book will do that for you. It will show you how to start the project by expanding the original idea, how to storyboard the page and how to refine it at the end. It can save you a lot of money and also is an excellent choice as a text for courses in how to design web pages.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UNIX for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent and informative, also very amusing

Very informative in a light, non-technical style. Excellent reading, very easy instructions

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Ryan Russell, Ido Dubrawsky, FX, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

I was not very impressed with the publishing of this book. There were many typos and issues involving supposed screen prints that could not be adequately viewed.
The book was actually written as a novel and not actual incidents. With the number of true incidents occurring or that have occurred, using such incidents would have been much more useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Compositing In Depth: The Only Guide to Post Production for Visual Effects in Film
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Doug Kelly
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A bit too old

This is a good book but it is outdated. It does give basic concepts in compositing but a lot of things have changed since the book was written.