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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
Publisher: Graphics Pr
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Transformed my view of presentations...

This is a powerful little booklet which completely transformed the way I think about presentations. Unfortunately, it's also highly repetitive, and stunningly arrogant. The same exact point is made over, and over, and over, and over again. Why? And the arrogance displayed by the author is shocking and unnecessary. For example, the many jabs at Microsoft and other software companies. Tufte should stick to the areas he knows about, and share that knowledge, without venturing into areas he knows nothing about, such as his wide ranging tirade against software companies. It's easy to find plenty of areas in which Tufte could use some education from those very software companies - just try to book a seminar on his web site. It's the worst e-commerce flow I've ever seen. All of that notwithstanding, the booklet has still had a significant and highly positive change in the way I will think about and prepare presentations, and for that, I give it four stars.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Preparing for OCP Developer Certification

It's obvious that one author wrote the SQL sections of this book, and the other author wrote the Forms sections. The SQL sections are from Mr. Couchman's Oracle DBA Exam Guide, and he hardly rewrote them at all - that's too bad, because the DBA Exam Guide is getting terrible reviews.
On the other hand, the Forms sections in this book are written in a different, much clearer style. The Forms sections make this book worth buying. If you are using Developer 6i, you should get the newer "OCP Building Internet Applications I & II Exam Guide" - that contains the same Forms sections, but updated for Developer 6i. ...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Most likely the best book ever written about JavaScript!

The introduction and core JavaScript sections of the book are well written, and manages to keep the reader's attention. It is excellent in pointing out the inconsistancies in JavaScript implementation across the various browsers and platforms. Good programming code - detailed enough to evoke thorough understanding of the topic, yet consise enough to avoid tedium. The second half of the book, the reference section is an invaluable tool for quick, detailed information about every object, property, function, and method of the core JavaScript language. Excellent book in every regard!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A must have reference book!

Elizabeth Castro has included more info in 150 pages than most of the huge HTML books out there. Best reference I've found for hand coding