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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Statistics, Recommendations, Analysis. Pretty good value.


This book is a no nonsense guide on making the homepage more useable for the customer. It starts out by giving you 113 guidelines on how to improve your homepage. Then it disects the major critera with statistics. The second half of the book concentrates on 50 popular corporate homepages, and evaluates all the good and bad relating to usability.
Positives:
This book informative and the authors present the information well.
The pages are big, and the screen shots are colourful and easy to read.
Negatives:
This book only covers corporate sites based on HTML pages. It doesn't mention Flash or Flash design.
I wish the book could have gone deeper in some parts of their analysis of the chosen websites.
It starts with the assumption everyone has built a website before.
I think the best part of this book was that I got what I expected. The book taught me ways to improve homepages in regards to useability. Too many books promise too much and you feel it was a waste of money after reading it. This book has value and is a good reference . It won't just sit on the shelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Common Knowledge : Essential Intermediate Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephen C. Dewhurst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent !


This book extracts the most important and widely used modern C++ concepts and organizes them into bite-sized chunks. Very succinct (it could be too short if you are an expert, you may prefer more exhaustive in-depth analyses). The language style is delight and some confusing concepts are presented in an accessible way, you will not feel dry. I finished reading it without any break in 8 hours, it's quite a pleasant experience.

The interesting feature of this book is that it emphasizes proper use of design patterns in C++ way (prototype, command, factory method, template method..., and item 3 gives an excellent reasoning why you should familiarize yourself with design patterns) and some C++ template techniques (explicit specialization, partial specialization, member templates, functors, embedded type info/typedefs, traits, policies..., and several simple template metaprogramming techniques: such as item 59 "SFINAE" and item 52 "Specializing for Type Information"). This is not a single incident, for example, the whole book "Modern C++ Design" by Andrei Alexandrescu is totally focusing on applying C++ template techniques to solve several design pattern issues.

No matter in which level are you, I believe you will deepen your understanding and sharpen your skills from another angle. If you are serious about improving your C++ skills, it's better to have this book in your reading list.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David Sceppa
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A superb book...


ADO .NET concepts are clearly presented. Helped me clear the MCAD .NET exams 70-316, 70-320 & 70-229.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CMMI Distilled: A Practical Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Dennis M. Ahern, Aaron Clouse, Richard Turner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best CMMI book


This is the best book I have found todate on CMMI. The book covers both models and goes into some history of the whole process improvement process.
If you know CMM and want to move to CMMI or if you do not know anything about CMM, this book is a great starter.
I have purchased several copies for my company and everyone that I have given a copy to loves the book.