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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Quick Reference


If you're looking for quick information in a size that's easy to carry around, purchase this book. It's an excellent addition to the O'Reilly Pocket Reference series.
When I'm trying to remember the format for a particular style or how well it's supported by the various browser versions, I don't want to have to dig through a large reference manual. Instead, I reach for this book, quickly look up the style (listed alphabetically), get the information I'm looking for, and continue working. This is the reference I carry between work and home.
The book starts with a condensed description of how CSS1 works and how to use it. The majority of the reference describes the CSS1 properties, pseudo-elements, and pseudo-classes. Each entry includes the allowed values, a description, a few examples, and browser support for both Windows and Mac browsers. Additional notes describe any browser-specific issues. A browser support summary chart completes the book.
Even if you have Eric Meyer's Cascading Style Sheets, The Definitive Guide, you will still find his CSS Pocket Reference a useful addition to your bookshelf.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Envisioning Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Read to Learn, Read to Enjoy


... though there are plenty others in the book that are fascinating.
I flipped open the book just now and arrived at a discussion of whether Maya Ying Lin's Vietnam Memorial should have had the names ordered by date of death or alphabetically. As there were over 600 Smiths who died in Vietnam and 16 James Joneses, an alphabetical listing would have given the memorial the flavor of a telephone directory.
Tufte persuasively argues and demonstrates how graphic design and information presentation affects thinking, decision-making, and emotion.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring to Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Kerievsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A High Quality Reference for Agile Developers


A high quality reference for those that want to gain some direction to their refactoring. That's what Joshua Kerievsky has managed to create with this book. This book assumes that you already know about refactoring and even states clearly that this book is best read with Martin Fowler's "Refactorings" as a reference. With that prerequisite in mind, this text does an excellent job of introducing the process of using refactorings to fix code problems by introducing patterns into your design.

Some of the strongest points include: editing, organization, and clarity. My hat goes off to the editor(s) of this book as I found very few errors even though this book contains a lot of "real world" code. Organizationally, this book does an excellent job of making itself useful as a "read-through" book for those that want to immerse themselves in the topic and as a reference book that can sit on your shelf until you need it.

One word of caution about this book is that it originally started as a paper and grew from there. Especially throughout the first few chapters of the book, this is very evident. Constant references to works done by other authors and numerous footnotes can, at times, become a bit distracting from the overall message.

Overall, this is an excellent book and, if you're into extreme programming and refactoring, it's one that you're going to want to have on your shelf.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Solaris Internals: Core Kernel Architecture
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Jim Mauro, Richard McDougall, Sun Microsystems Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good Book, I want it


How can I buy it in China????