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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dive into Python
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Mark Pilgrim
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dive in and start programming with the first chapter

Dive Into Python does exactly what you would expect from the title. The author takes you right into Python by going through installation in the first chapter and you are already writing a program in the second chapter. This is a book designed for the person who wants to just jump in and get right to work with Python without a lot of preliminary theoretical work. That makes it an ideal book for anyone who has written programs before in Perl, Java, or other languages and already understands things like flow control and similar programming constructs.

The book starts with the basics and by the end has given the reader a good foundation in Python. Areas covered include declaring functions, dictionaries, lists, variables, string formatting, objects, importing modules, working with classes, exceptions, file objects, loops, regular expressions, html processing, xml processing, scripts and streams, http web services, SOAP web services, refactoring, and dynamic functions. With lots of code examples it is easy to follow along with the text and begin writing useful programs quickly.

This is a basic text on Python. It includes everything you need to start programming basic programs. There are more advanced books available but they all tend to assume that you at least have this foundational knowledge in order to understand how they use Python to access a database or make your program network aware with TCP/IP functions, or similar more advanced functions. If you are new to Python this is an excellent place to start and get up to speed quickly by actually working with the program from the first day. Dive Into Python is a highly recommended purchase.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: David Elderbrock, David Karlins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Most Complete Refence for FrontPage 2000

This is a very good reference for FrontPage 2000. It covers practically every aspect of the powerful web design software from Micro$oft. It also goes over Microsoft Image Composer and other auxiliary packages as well.
I would have given it a five-star rating had it covered database connectivity in more detail. Also missing is Active Server Pages. I just wish it had gone a little beyond FP and dealt with these issues more (esp. since FP 2000 makes it easy to connect to ODBC databases).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Interface Design for Programmers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Enjoyable from Start to Finish

It was a pleasure to read this book. Joel has an amazing writing style that is friendly, upbeat, funny, and insightful. While he clearly isn't the world's definitive expert on UI design, his years of real world experience and wealth of examples make this book both valuable and enjoyable. This has to be one of my favorite technical books.
Joel's irreverent, tell-it-like-it-is, approach is part of the charm of this book. For example, chapter 10 is titled, "People Can't Control the Mouse" and chapter 13 is titled, "Those Pesky Usability Tests". From my years of software development in the games industry, many of his points on UI design hit home in a big way. I was actually shocked at how applicable the entire book was to game development. As a professional programmer, I felt the book was talking my language and completely in agreement with my own experiences.
The truth is that there are so many boring and questionable technical books out there, it's refreshing to read something that is so honest and dead-on right.

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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good for the Early Web Designers!

I got this book as a gift from my sixth grade teacher and this book is great for making the basic design of a web site.
Easy reference guide.