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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
More than a reference. Bought five copies


Bought a copy for myself, and then four for the other members of my department for Christmas. Yes, it's a great reference, BUT it also has a lot of little notes on the lesser known problems with some functions and techniques. Some small errata in some specific areas (I believe he covers these on the O'Reilly web site, though). First book I've found which discusses VB/VBA as a language, and never lets himself get distracted with forms and controls. Great for experienced programmers coming from other languages who can't get the sometimes obscure VB semantics under control.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Marine Proof!!


When I was told I would have to revamp our Company's Web page I was completely illiterate when it came to HTML. With this book as my ONLY reference I was able to create a great looking and functional web page complete with image maps, mouse-overs, frames, and tables. I also gained a basic understanding of animation and simple java-script. I would definitely recomend this book to anyone interested in getting started in HTML.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Seth Godin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you have a website, buy this book.


If you're trying to do any online commerce, this book would be worth buying even if the purchase price was $200.

The easy-access that has allowed anyone with a computer to have a website of their own has created a huge mass of poorly-designed websites. Unfortunately, the same quality has crept into commercial sites, too....and some of the worst offenders are actual names you'd recognize!

In his wonderfully refreshing and down-to-earth style, Seth Godin speaks candidly about what web visitors are looking for when they visit your site....and why they'll leave in less than three seconds if they don't see it.

It's not a how-to book on HTML, Java or Flash. It has nothing to do with the mechanics of designing a site. It's about what the web visitor SEES and DOESN'T SEE.

This thin little volume will change everything about how you look at web design. Buy it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE Javascript book for computer programmers!


All Javascript books I've seen are aimed at beginners. This is the only one that gets your hands dirty with true blue computer science. No other book on JS is going to tell you the language uses prototype-based inheritence instead of class-based inheritence; in fact Javascript has a lot of similarities to the LambdaMOO scripting language, and I suspect the latter influenced Netscape engineers.
With this book I've learned how to visit all objects in the document tree and print out the source code for the event handlers. No "Dummies" or "21 Days" books are going to give you the theoretical grounding to do that! If you have an interest in computer languages in addition to having a need to script your browser, this book is for you. It has a great reference section for looking up language features and the various Window objects as well. If you want to build complex Web applications that use a lot of client side Javascript, this book will open new possiblities to you.
If you still own the Second Edition you owe it to yourself to buy a replacement; this Third Edition is a far superior book.