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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Critical: Gaining Competitive Advantage through High-Quality Web Content
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Authors: Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Doing it right on the World Wide Web


The World Wide Web is the world's largest publishing medium, and one of the most important. It is a news source, reference tool, sales venue, meeting point, marketplace, exchange, and entertainment center. It is also an information point and service center. The Web connects millions of organizations to many kinds of clients, customers, members, and publics. The Web is one of the great tools of the information society. It is also our greatest source of information overload.
Web problems commonly develop because individuals and organizations fail to recognize that using the Web to aggregate and distribute information is publishing. Gerry McGovern and Rob Norton have written this useful book to help those who write, edit, or design Web content to publish effectively.
Effective Web publishing involves getting the right content to the right person at the right time. In this useful, well written book, McGovern and Norton explain how to do it.
Content Critical book is a how-to-do-it manual. Written in direct, clear language, the book offers systematic explanation for dozens of useful techniques and principles. It is also a primer in the theory of Web publishing. It explains why the techniques and principles work. It encourages readers to develop a useful philosophy and theory of web design.
Most web sites do not work well and many do not work at all. McGovern and Norton attribute this to the lack of common publishing standards on the Web, where the libertarian attitude toward freedom of content is mistakenly confused with failure to consider legibility, ease of use, and ease of navigation. According to McGovern and Norton, this confusion is made worse by designers who mistake the web for an extension of MTV and programmers who see the Web as a playground for new technologies.
The solution this book offers is a five-stage publishing strategy with usable checklists and serious conceptual tools for analyzing the situation, defining publishing scope, designing information architecture, building a publishing team, and designing appropriate technology.
This book is highly recommended. It belongs in every design library. It should be on the reading list of every course in Web design. Any Web designer who plans to be in business five years from now should read this book. KF
Ken Friedman. Book review. Design Research News, Volume 7, Number 1, Jan 2002 ISSN 1473-3862.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent beginner's guide to C#


This is a great book for learning C# and .NET which covers all the basics in just enough detail with little of the preamble that occurs with other beginning level books. I think that this is one of the best C# books for beginners on the market, yet in later chapters the subject matter does go deeper into more complex topics such as GDI, which gives you a taste of more to come. Is there going to be an intermediate level C# programming book to come? I hope so. Apress are one of the shining lights in the .NET field. May they go from strength to strength.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Wiki Way: Collaboration and Sharing on the Internet
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bo Leuf, Ward Cunningham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How to do things wiki-way


WikiWiki has changed my life. It's not only the first-hand influence that I can organize my ideas more efficiently and effectively, but it also has changed the way I look at technology, society, and human collaboration as a whole. Though this book is specifically designed to give a good explanation of Wiki, seen generally, it's much more than that: it is about knowledge management. You'll benefit enormously from this book if you are anyhow involved in Knowledge Management, even if you are not going to use Wiki in your setting. The virtue of this book is that it's in DocumentMode so that the reader can grab the essence of the essences of a few millions of man-hour experiences in a few ticks of the clock; I even feel jealous of the readers who'll read this book as their starting point -- I had to experiment and trial-and-error for several months to get the real meaning of it and WikiMaster Mind. Thank you, Ward Cunningham for writing this wonderful book, and creating wonderful Wiki-Way.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not for dummies! Complete! Up to date?


As many reviewers said, this book is not the "for dummies" type of book.
It is complete. Jason not only presents the Servlet technology, but goes the extra mile to show you all the usual portability/efficiency/integration problems of this development model. He also provides a lot of useful code that addresses these problems, and complements the Java source code.
My question is: Is it really up to date? For me it doesn't matter much, because it is a great book. It is so famous that many other authors of books about XML, Java, etc, mention it.