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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Sally McGhee
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book change my life

As soon as I got the book from our HR department, I thought to myself "when am I going to have time to read this book?", and then I put it away. I was going through a very stressful period at the time, and I had to make a hard stop and get away for a couple days to relax and not think about work.

So I took the book with he, thinking "maybe there is something I can learn"... as soon as I started to read I could not stop, I did not care if I had to work all day and read at night, I took every single free minute I had to read the book. As results, this book has changed my life. I can say "no", I think I am in control of both my personal and business life, and I am very happy with the methodology and how it is working for me.

Thanks to all the team that work on making this book

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Practical Guide to Usability Testing
Publisher: Intellect, Ltd (UK)
Authors: Joseph S. Dumas, Janice C. Redish
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Insightful, Useful, and Usable - The Best Usability Book

This is a step-by-step quide with checklists, offering insight into every stage of usability testing. It should help any software development project produce more usable software (assuming the developers are willing to make changes based on the results of testing).
As someone who has done research about usability, taught about usability to over 1000 practitioners, and developed usable systems (some more so than others) for 20 years, I am still impressed every time I open this book. I recommend it as the best practical book on developing usable software (although I also recommend other books, such as Nielsen's "Usablity Engineering" and Rubin's "Handbook of Usability Testing").

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Software Construction Reference

If one were to read only one book on software construction, this would have to be it. It covers all the essential areas with a logic that is difficult to refute and a clarity and style which make it a pleasure to read. If you have read the previous edition buy this one. The first edition was excellent, but this one is much better written and covers an amazing amount of new material. Every software practioner, regardless of their experience and expertise, should read it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for beginners

I chose this book as my introduction to JavaScript and am quite pleased with it. It pretty well covers all the basics and is worth a straight-through read. The author builds several examples, expanding on them as the book progresses. Each time a large block of code is presented. If you can't figure out what is going on just by inspecting the code, each section is followed by a detailed 'how it works' explanation. The book was thorough enough to give me a good understanding of just about everything I needed to know to begin developing a rather complex client-side application. I had to go to a more in-depth reference to learn how to assign an event handler with parameters to a control that was being generated by code, but that was about all that I did not find covered in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to Javascript beginners, particularly those who are willing to read steadily through it.