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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
needs to be said, but could be said in fewer words

this is the book i've been waiting for. a book that could revolutionalize web design as we know it. a book that will pull me from the crowd and put me on the cutting edge of web design. how crushingly disappointing, then, that the author is so full of himself (or shall i say, "themselves," since he makes a point of referring to himself as "we"), that he can't stay off of his soapbox long enough to provide actual directions on how to implement these standards. oh, the directions are there, but you have to dig to find them. i'm just starting chapter seven, and so far i've learned how to declare the proper doctype and encoding. that's it.
on the other hand, if you have been out of the loop on the web design trends, like i have, this book provides some very informative background. i enjoyed the first few chapters at first, then perservered through the next few to get past the redundancy and into the directions.
if you are looking for an xhtml how-to, this is not it. if you already know html and design and are interested in a new philosophy on web design, you may enjoy this book. buy it used. or on sale. it's not really worth the thirty-five bucks, but it is worth reading.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book on the history of the Internet

I first learned about computer networks in college in my (what else?) Computer Networks class as part of my Computer Science degree. This book dovetailed well with the technical knowledge I learned from Andrew Tanenbaum's COMPUTER NETWORKS book. This book is easily readable to the layman; it doesn't get bogged down too much on the technical parts of networks or the Internet. One poignant point is J.C.R Licklider's dream that a network would allow people to be able to communicate so much more faster that retrieving information and communicating their views would influence the government. To some extent, Licklider's vision was correct (the ultimate test will be China's attempt to control the flow of information on the Internet). The book also reveals some colossal failures, like AT&T's blindness to the opportunities that the Internet offered or when BBN did not go into the router business because they did not see an emerging market. And some amusing stories are told but some of these are a bit distracting to the main thrust of the book. It's a good book though, and very well researched.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft .NET XML Web Services Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Adam Freeman, Allen Jones, Adam Freeman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book and Programming Visual Basic .NET by Francesco Balena have answered virtually all of my questions about building production distributed database applications using XML Web services. If you're interested, you can download a sample of my working code at www.opointe.com

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I LOVE this book.The book is very easy to understand. I think that every programmer need to have this book, it's helpful to understand the windows inside, how it's works. It's also a great reference.