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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book and easy to use and understand!

This book came out in 1999 and you have to be prepared for that. It's still about 80% useful, which is amazing considering how fast web technology is moving. I love the way the author uses lots of actual pictures of websites to illustrate every point. If he would bring it into the third millenium, I'd probably give it five stars instead of three.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Windows Graphics Programming: Win32 GDI and DirectDraw (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Feng Yuan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Insightful Book And Very Helpful Author.

Unlike all of the Windows programming cookbooks, this book actually explains how Windows graphics works. Strewn throughout are interesting nuggets of information that can't be found anywhere else.
Also, the author, Feng Yuan, is a regular on the GDI newsgroup, and is very helpful in answering people's questions. I had been grappling with the same problem for days. Out of frustation, I posted my problem to four different forums/newsgroups. He pointed me to an UNDOCUMENTED Win32 API function. He was the only one able to solve my problem.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

C.J. Date should give technical writing classes to other authors of textbooks. His writing style is extremely readable, and he understands his audience. As previously stated here, this is not a practical guide by any stretch; it is a glimpse into the theoretical basis of databases in general.
One particularly clever feature is the author's use of footnotes. Since most of the theory springs from academic wells, Date will cite academic references, and provide some commentary on them that aids in reading the references; this turns out to be an invaluable tool if you are interested in researching the subject in more detail from the original sources.
This book was not intended to be a complete discourse on relational theory, nor was it intended to mask any of the details of relational theory -- it was intended to introduce the student to it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book

This test guide is easy reading without being too vague and general, includes good illustrations with overall thorough explanations. I will definitely use Meyer's books in the future.