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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simpler is better

I liked this book. I bought a template for my website.. so many of the design features talked about were already made for me. Good. But the accessibility guidelines were great. I added some finishing touches and I've got a pretty darn accessible site with a variety of browsers.
My only failure was when you hit the homepage.. you should know immediately what the site offers.
That I need some revisions at this point.
Book was well worth the read. It might make some pages a bit borning, but you can skip those rules. Once you understand what makes a lot of pages really horrible, you can eliminate that stuff from your site and get moving.
Animated gifs, scorlling marques, flashing text.. huge video files.. simple stuff like that really detracts from your site.
All in all, this book was well worth the read. It went by really quick.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing Information Technology (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: E. Wainright E. Martin, Carol V Brown, Daniel W DeHayes, Jeffrey A Hoffer, William C Perkins, E. Wainright Martin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Or what managing IT used to be

I like the book because it tells so well where the Information technology is coming from. A strong plus is the excellent collection of case studies provided. This is the best part of the book. By themselves, they are worth the purchase of the book.
Part I of the book, is a review of the technology base and provides the MIS literacy required for the rest of the text. For a current practionner, it can be skipped over without missing much.
Part II presents the application of IT. It covers all the bases but would benefits by an update to include the most recents developments. Particularly, the e-commerce section is too general to be very useful in this new century.
Part III covers the acquisition process very well.
Finally Part IV would be a good introduction to another book about strategic planning for IT.
Overall a good textbook for a would be Manager in a fast moving field.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Electro-Optical Systems: Making It All Work
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Philip C. D. Hobbs
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Lots of info and to the point

Phil Hobbs has written an in-depth practical study of the field of optics and electro-optics. The book covers subjects including: sources, detectors, lenses, prisms, mirrors, coatings, gratings and exotic components, fiber optics, electro-optical systems, signal processing, and electronics. It is no surprise that it runs to over 700 pages. It is an excellent reference book for anyone working with optical systems. The material is presented in a straight-forward manner using equations only where they are needed. I wish that I had this book as a graduate student.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSE: SQL Server 2000 Design Study Guide (Exam 70-229)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Marc Isreal, Steven Jones, Marc Israel, J. Steven Jones, Steve Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Coverage of the Concepts

This books covers the design and development of SQL Server. Alone, it doesn't completely prepare you for the exam, but with some additional practice, you should be able to pass.