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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Usability Consulting at a Fraction of its Value


The homepage is the most important component of any website. Even if the user does not enter the through it, it generally does not take him or her long to navigate there. Its function is to communicate the company is and its value.
In their private consulting practice, the authors charge $10,000 to perform a usability review. Knowing that many cannot afford their services, Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir distill their consulting experience into 113 guidelines for designing homepages that work for you and your users. The resulting book is not limited to theory.
The second part applies the principles to 50 websites. Here the reader is confronted with the complications that confront designers. The big, colorful and nicely printed reproductions of the homepages drive home the points made in the first section in a simple manner. The negative impact of ignoring the 113 principles is effectively made.
The homepage is often the first, and all too often, the last chance to chance to attract and retain your user. Compared to the $500,000 cost of ordering 50 site reviews, this book is a bargain. Considering the impact losing even one customer can have on your business, this book is essential.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dive into Python
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Mark Pilgrim
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice intro to Python


This is a fairly comprehensive intro to Python that will be of most benefit to those that already have some programming knowledge. Pilgrim's writing style is fairly straightforward and concise. Examples are appropriate and understandable.

One thing I wish I'd have known prior to purchasing the book is that the entire thing can be found at www.diveintopython.org.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Time to learn about book readability, Jakob...


I have just browsed the book, and got tired after five minutes. Page after page is filled with details about the 50 web designs, but when not prioritized, it's quite hard to follow. I really learned a lot from "Designing web usability" because it gave me a theoretical base on how to think about usability design, but this is just like a very long check list.
I belive the book is quite useful if you have the time and energy to browse it, but it could have been made more easy to read. Like when pointing out design mistakes (50 websites x 25 mistakes = 1250), why not give some kind of priority? For example green-yellow-red or 1-5?
I will probably read all of it, but not today..



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Andrew B. King
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best practical web performance optimization guide available


Covering a wide variety of techniques, this book describes many of the common causes of slow pages and how to avoid or remedy them. While not specific to load testing, it is a valuable reference for those who have the task of making a site faster. Many of the methods provided here are simple but rarely implemented - they should be!
Michael CzeiszpergerWeb Performance, Inc. Stress Testing Softwarehttp://www.webperformanceinc.com