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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 System Programming: A Windows(R) 2000 Application Developer's Guide (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Johnson M. Hart
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Good Practical Win32 Programming Book


The first edition of this book was a very good practical Win32 programming books. There are numerous well documented examples of a wide variety of programming tasks. The edition of the sockets programming chapter is a plus in the new edition. This is the book that I recommend to anyone wanting to learn Win32 programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Producing Great Sound for Digital Video
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Jay Rose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Jay Rose delivers


I am convinced that audio is the biggest diference between professional productions and home video. People will "watch" anything, but if the audio is bad the whole project is bad. Jay Rose makes it clear how to get the best sound tracks you can get on video and how to make them better in post production. This book covers everything needed, and the CD is actually filled with useful sound clips. In just a few days I learned what I was doing wrong and how my projects could be much better. I found the book very well written as well. If you produce digital vidio, this book is a must.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Elliott, Marc Loy, David Wood, Brian Cole
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for starting w/ Swing when already experienced w/java


This book was ok. A book cannot be everything to everybody. This is not for a beginner. But I do recommend it for advanced users. I enjoyed the fact that the book was very comprehensive.
There were some small errors- no big deal.
One example:
I started about 3/4 into the book. I ran into BasicWindowMonitor(); which was defined way back in chapter 1. I should have guessed. But I couldn't find the author's code. BasicWindowMonitor() wasn't in the index. I emailed O'Reilly with this issue. The publisher is first class. They had great tech support. They directed me to the proper page and apologized. Also, the publisher has all the software code from the book well organized on their web site. The authors picked a good publisher to support their product. That should be a factor for every reader when purchasing technical books.
In summary, this is a book for the advanced JAVA programmer. If you are one, you probably should have it on your desk.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Invaluable resource


This is the first computer related book that I have bought and thought - "Perfect, just what I needed." What I like most about this book is that it spends so little time explaining why building user centered web sites is a good idea, and tells you exactly what techniques are used to create them. You can open the book up to almost any page, read a paragraph and get something out of it. It is clear that the authors spend alot of time laying out the book to make information retrieval easy.
Dont let "look inside" pictures that amazon has posted fool you - they are probably the only boring sections of the book. In part 2 (about page 100), the book gets really really good. For the next 500 pages they cover almost every area of of web design imaginable and present the areas in a problem - solution format. Many books dont offer concrete techniques, just tell you - "design for the user", "users hate poorly designed pages" etc etc. Each problem/solution is about 2 pages long, and they are web techniques that can be applied to almost every web site. They literally say to solve X problem do Y solution. Very specific, very useful.
The book also is good from cover to cover. I have found that alot of books are good for the first chapter and then loose quality. They present each "nugget of information" with the perfect amount of description - enough to explain why its useful, but not too much to drag on.
They also use these hand drawn pictures that I liked to show how a generic web page would function, instead of only pictures of pre-existing web pages ( which they also have ample examples) So you can actually apply it to your project instead of saying, I understand why hotmail looks the way it does. I would recommend this book to anyone, hands down.