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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Seth Godin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
All about the banana

Here's a good start if you're looking for some quick and pithy insights into what works on a web site and what don't. Lacking in depth but not in perspective, Seth Godin delivers on his promise of giving 45 brief critiques on web sites, good and bad.
Two quick equally brief observations:
1. Mr. Godin has a wealth of direct marketing knowledge using both online and more traditional techniques. Both the reader and the writer would be better served if there was more substance in this book. A terribly quick read, this book misses the opportunity to tell more.
That said, the Internet is the greatest direct marketing medium ever, but that ain't all it is. While the direct marketer in me understands the need for the banana, sometimes the site needs to do something other than sell. Some of these sites and emails look much better as informational programs than they do as sales pitches.
2. How could Adobe take its ubiquitous, powerful and intuitive Adobe Reader product and mangle it into this "eBook Reader?" Ugh! We'd all be better off with a standard PDF version of this book (like "Unleashing the IdeaVirus). I'd pay more than the three bucks for a truly readable copy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Halvorson's book is a great start to VB6 newcomers. I was able to go from cover to cover within a week of careful studying, and must admit my original VB1 and VBA concepts and coding ability were greatly refreshed.
The last two chapters, Days 13 and 14 could be better explained, but it seemed beyong the book scope.
Recommended as a getting started! Note: If you got the book bundled with Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Deluxe Learning Edition, go straight to the other title (Programmer's Guide) before you venture in serious development. Also, be aware that you CANNOT create distributable applications (*.exe) with the VB6 Learning Edition. You have to upgrade to the VB6 Professional Edition to do so!!)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements, Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Zacler. Craig, J.C. MacKin, Ian McLean, Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Much improved--great buy!

Earlier editions of the Microsoft Training Kits were not particularly thorough, well written, or real world. The three volumes I've used in these new editions, though, 290, 291, 294, are 100% IMPROVED. First, they are EXCELLENT as learning tools (I really wonder why others believe that they're too brief. And they include real-world case studies that did not exist in the earlier editions. But the best part of this new series is the extras, especially the exam practice and test prep information, READINESS REVEIW. This gives you the value of a "study guide" plus an entire "exam cram" type book. With the 10% exam discount vouchers and the eval software,this is a great package!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Consider this book a required reference, but take with salt.

This book is by far the most useful javascript (js) reference available; however, in my opinion the book covers plenty of NS-specific issues and does not provide adequate discussion of the same issues in IE (especially security) so don't expect all the answers here. js is quite possibly the most uninventive scripting language available, and since using it can obliterate your web site for most of your user base, the reference section of this book is a must-have when your boss wants js.