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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web-Based Training : How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: William Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent overview and covers the in depth considerations


note: I submitted my review yesterday and incorrectly put the publishers name instead or Horton in the review. I have corrected that error below
Excellent overview and covers the in depth considerations necessary for any successful WBT program
I do consulting in education on WBT and I am a Director of a WBT Consulting Certification Program and consequently usually do not have the time to write reviews. However, in this instance I had to take the time. Horton has done an excellent job of providing an overview of WBT and an in depth study of the instructional design related to a WBT program. He covers most of the issues you will be facing setting up WBT and his book should be on your shelf and one of the first that you read if you are just getting started in WBT or in need of further guidance in this area. He doesn’t go into the practical development side of the how to do the graphics, programming, and Web architecture, but that is OK because that is a separate area in itself. If you need to know most of the considerations involved with WBT, then this is definitely your book. After you have read his book sit down and use his suggestions to plan your WBT program and you will not go wrong. He also addresses very practical issues in the instructional design of the WBT program and the courses within the program, how to set them up and conduct them. I can’t say enough about how well he covers these topics. If you need a book that will give you ideas and make you think about your WBT program and the instructional design and development within your upcoming or current WBT program, his book will do all of that and more. His book will definitely make you think and will provide insightful assistance for WBT program managers, WBT instructional designers, WBT course development teams and WBT instructors alike. I particularly liked the instructional design of his book; it is full of illustrations that are as thought provoking as his words. The book is truly an idea generator. It is an easy read for a newcomer and a must read for the WBT professional.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Operating Systems (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew Tanenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Do not skip PART II on case studies !


From what i recall (i read this book 3 years ago, when i was a graduate student), this book is good for introduction as well as for advanced concepts in operating systems. I fully aggree with the reviewer from 1997. I don't think this book being sloppy nor difficult for beginners (sorry other reviewers). It certainly requires some time to be read (i recall having read it at a pace of about two or three evenings for one chapter, with about 2-3 hours per evening so i don't think it is that difficult for beginners). In addition, Tanenbaum's style is always good and his sense of humor makes the text full of those subtle remarks that make you dive into the subject with less pain.
Probably that the third part of the book about Distributed OS is not a good reading for beginners but just skip it on your first reading and go back to it when you'll be ready.
An important thing is that Part II which is about case studies should not be skipped by newcomers ! This is exactly while reading this part of the book that you'll understand all the concepts you learned in the first part, by applying all this theoretical stuff on actual OS implementations. Probably the reviewer that states this book is not for beginners didn't make it to Part II because one cannot understand OS just by learning concepts, like everything else in computer science...



Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More of a great thing


I wrote a positive review of J. Krause's first book, the Idea Index, and have to remark on this one as well. Filled with lots and lots of images and very little commentary, these books are a bit hard to explain to non-designers, but they make perfect sense to people in the creative visual arts. I constantly use the first book, Idea Index, to help me get ideas flowing for logos and images. The new book, Layout Index, is packed(!) with full-color idea-starters for all kinds of print and web media. There is hardly a spread in this very fat little book that does not capture and hold my interest for one reason or another; hardly a page that does not offer serious fuel for creativity, no matter what the project. As the author says in his intro, these are NOT answer books, they are "WHAT IF" books. They get your mind cranking on all kinds of possibilities very quickly. I have shelves full of design books, but I keep these two on my desk, within reach at all times. A superb duo!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Bible
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Robert Reinhardt, Snow Dowd, Robert Reinhardt, Snow Dowd
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great start . . .


On the positive side this is a very comprehensive book. This would be an excellent reference book for intermediate to advanced Flash developers. On the the other hand it is not a very good book for beginners. I learn best by actually doing examples or tutorials. Unfortunately, there is not much of that in this book.