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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
One of the worst books I've ever read


The title of this book should be "Redesigning with web standards": it only tells how to reimplement existing web pages.No graphical design is done in the book: the design comes from existing pages. Only implementation (writing HTML and CSS) is covered.
This book spents a lot of text on describing why the old ways of building webpages are no longer good enough. Over and over again you read stuff like:
"During our industry's firs decade, designing for the web was like feeding a roomful of finicky toddlers. To build sites that worked, we dutifully learned to accomodate each browser's unique dietary requirements. Today's browsers all eat the same nutritious stuff, but many professionals haven't grasped this and are still crumbling M&Ms into the souffle."
If Zeldman had told us this only once, the book could have been 20% thinner, and less tiresome to read. And he could have covered stuff that was really needed.
Lots of workarounds to make old browsers happy. But very little on the basis/structure of how things are done the modern way.
The chapter on XML is out of place; this book isn't about XML.
The coverage of CSS is insufficient: only some syntax and just a little about precedence rules is described.
Text in general is imprecise, vague, and leaves you with lots of questions.
The fact that Eric Meyer is a technical reviewer for this book makes you think: maybe Eric Meyer is not such a genius when it comes to book writing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 : Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Patti Schulze
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have


An excellent addition to the training from the source series. The lessons are very effective and informative. I have several years experience with Photoshop and I was lost with Fireworks until I picked up this book. Fireworks MX 2004 is a very powerful program.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Max S Peters, Klaus D Timmerhaus, Ronald E. West, Max Peters
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good for engineers starting the career


The book is a mix of economical and technical aspects of chemical engineering design; so is good for graduates starting the career or for practicing engineer interested in economical aspects of plant design. For me the good companion book for these engineer is "Conceptual design of chemical processes" by J. Douglas or better but out-of-print "Applied Project Engineering and Management" by E. Ludwig.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VB and VBA in a Nutshell: The Languages
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The RIGHT book for experienced developers


This book is a *focused* reference manual for VB. By that I mean that it does not attempt to cover every obscure feature, but is also quite complete in its coverage of what a professional programmer wants. The second part of the book (alphabetical language reference) includes an especially useful feature called "Programming Tips & Gotchas" which points out non-intuitive features, undocumented features, and, dare I suggest it -- bugs in the product. There's professional-quality depth here -- I'm very pleased with this purchase.