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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Struts: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
need more books like this


This was an excellent book! I wish more books were this clear and easy to get started with. I had some experience with Struts before I got this book, but this book filled in all the gaps and made figuring out the "meat and potatoes" of the framework super simple.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Designing the User Interface : Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
5 stars as a textbook, but there should be more, much more


This is the third edition of an unavoidable book for anybody involved with human computer interaction (this should include librarians like me who are command-line impaired and completely intolerant of faulty human factors design as well as the techie types who sometimes tolerate "cool" but ill designed interfaces) directly or indirectly, as a end user or a design participant.
The only major problem with it is that it is a textbook, written to fit into a given number of pages. This means, alas, that a lot of good stuff from the second edition had to be taken out to fit in new stuff. So, one solution is to buy both the third and the second editions, and while you are at it get your hands on his "Sparks of innovation" which is most interesting despite its old age. The sections on touchscreens are incomparable, to give but one example. Another solution is to get Shneiderman to write a real big fat book on HCI!
There are enough textbooks or collected readings available for all the courses. There are also so many web design books around that sometimes I want to scream ENOUGH! What is missing is a recent reference book and an introductory text. I wish Shneiderman would delay the fourth edition for a few more years and get a _real_ HCI introduction and reference out.
In the meantime, this third edition is the next best thing, but it has to be coupled with "Sparks of innovation", Don Norman's books, Jakob Nielsen's books, and a dash of Tognazzini, Tufte, and Tex Avery.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash MX 2004 Savvy(tm)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Ethan Watrall, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
*The* Flash MX 2004 Book


Flash MX Savvy 2004 is easily one of the best (if not *the* best) Flash book on the market today.
I actually bought the previous edition (Flash MX Savvy), and was eager to pick up this newest edition as soon as it came out. Not only is it written extremely well & organized amazingly, but it features significant changes from the previous edition. This is a huge deal to me when many new computer books are simply pathetic revisions of the previous edition in which the authors simply when through and updated the software name! This book definitely doesn't fall pray to this problem. Not only does it keep the best of the previous edition, but it also has a great deal of new content dedicated to the new features in Flash MX 2004 & Flash MX 2004 Pro. And, we're not talking about a paragrah here or a paragraph there kind of new content, there are a number of completely new chapters dedicated to new Flash features. On top of that, the authors have added some other really great new chapters - such as one on creating Flash content for the Pocket PC (my personal favorite) and one on working with Flash and Dreamweaver MX 2004.
So, here is the skinny, Flash MX Savvy 2004 is an excellent book, hands down.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not many faults...


A great resource to add to the collection really, although nothing very special about it.