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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent worthwhile book if you want a useable site.


I read this in a few hours. It was time and money well spent. As a copywriter, I do a lot of writing for the web. I'm not a designer, although I do design my own site and from time to time help clients with theirs. So my interest was perhaps from a different need than some other readers.
But I found a good deal of valuable information that I can instantly apply to my daily work, including my copywriting. Copywriters and designers almost always disagree which is more important, words or graphics. Of course, I vote the former and most if not all designers vote the latter.
But this book took no sides. It is something that both the graphics folks and we in marketing can adapt to our daily efforts to make the web useful. After all, we all want that. So there's no disagreement there.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has anything at all to do with a Web site. No matter if it's a one-person show or a corporate site, this book will be of value to you.
It's extremely well written. It's lively and entertaining and just full of information that you can immediately put to use.
Susanna K. HutchesonCreative Director and OwnerPowerwriting.com LLC



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing IT as a Business : A Survival Guide for CEOs
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Mark Lutchen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must have guide to all Senior managers in business


Companies should not make a major IT decison without reading this book. Lutchen covers it all, from getting an IT champion on the executive team to the never endless cyle of IT expenditures and improvements. Worth every penny!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book on the Win32 API.


Before reading this book I had a good grasp of C++ but didn't know much of the Win32 API except some of the function names I was really interested in.
After sitting down for 2 - 3 weeks with the MSDN Library, Visual C++ and Advanced Windows I now have a firm grasp of most concepts.
This book does not go into GUI development at all. I would recommend Programming Windows Fifth Edition for this. Since most of the code I write is for the backend (DLLs, Databases) my prefered GUI is always a web application so this was very desirable for me.
If you want MFC you should probably get the Microsoft Mastering series title.
If you want GUI get Programming Windows Fifth Edition.
If you want hard core, Win32... GET THIS BOOK!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An eye opener


I should by rights be giving this book 3 stars, but Zeldman's writing style earns it that 4th one.
The reviews here are split between those who cannot heap enough praise on this book and those who reject it as so much self-promoting pop.
I'm somewhere in between. Let's start with the reasons why you might NOT want to buy this book: Mr. Zeldman repeats his message over and over again in the book's first 140 pages. You ARE left with the feeling that the first part could have been less than half as long and still have managed to get the message across just fine. Together with the many paragraph headings and the relative low word-count per page, I tend to see the hand of Mr. Zeldman's editors urging him to increase the page count so the price could be set equally high. And yes, that is another reason why you might want to pass on this book. It is, I feel, unresonably highly priced, particularly for a book containing this little substance.
But read on, because there are equally good reasons why you might want to consider purchasing this book. The thing is, that the things Mr. Zeldman DOES cover, he covers very well. His little nuggets regarding workarounds for browser(in)compatibilities, his thoughtful chapter on designing for accessability for people of various degrees of disability, and his two real-world examples of modern web-(re)design makes it worth the repetitious style. In my opinion, the fact that Mr. Zeldman does not evangilize beyond the basic tenet that the time has come for designers to follow the modern browsers in using the standards he describes, makes him worth my time. His thoughtful explanations on redesigning existing sites without dogmatic adherence to 100% pure standard might prove worth more than the (relatively high) cost of this book.
If you know enough HTML to author and debug a functional site using tables, this is a book for you.
If you are a spare-time web designer, the first (repetitive) half of this book will give you many good arguments to use with your customers that will make you look like you really know you're doing (it's then up to you to deliver, of course).
I didn't care much for most of Mr. Zeldman's attempt at humor (except on p.158), but he does possess a gift for writing entertainingly yet remain informative.
I highly recommend you to read this book.