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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good preparation material


I find this book to be a good source of information for the PMP exam, which can make a difference and lead one to pass the exam. It worked well in my case, as I passed the exam on 17.02.2005 with a score of 183.
However, I have to say that I did not liked entirely the writing style and did not liked as well the fact that the book is exercise oriented. If you have time constraints while preparing for the exam and are looking for some knowledge injection, then you will be annoyed by the number of exercises in this book. I personally did not follow any of the exercises.
During the preparation I've also used Kim Heldman's book and for testing mainly the PMPFasTrack software.

Overall it's a book that gives you value, but I also recommend to combine your study with other books as well and to heavily test your knowledge using some software, of which PMPFastTrack is probably the best.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Profound Meditation On Human Creativity


Great, great, great! A wonderfull book. But some of the comments I've read above miss the point of the book because... well, perhaps they haven't read OTHER books that might help. For example, critics of GEB without reading "The Selfish Gene" (by Dawkins) should not be taken in account. For, if "functionalim" doesn't specifie necessary and sufficient conditions for reference, melt it with Darwinism, and you'll have it. Beside that, GEB has alloud me to really understand Dam?sio's books, "Descartes's Error" and "The felling of what happens", his latest. Read them and you'll see that Damasio's construct of the mind is a very godelian one - or better, a Hofstadterian one. Reason, Emotion and Imagination, all these are subsistems that may communicate in godelian ways (what was that Pascal was trying to say with 'the heart has reasons that reason itsel does not know of'?).
Read GEB - it's a Great, Excelent Book



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book on fixing "obvious" errors in web pages


Superlatives fail me when describing the value of this book. It is no exaggeration to say that it is worth millions of dollars in the increased efficiency of web sites. Which may even be true if the recommendations are made to only the fifty sites examined in the book. The authors critique some of the biggest sites, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Wal-Mart and eBay and a significant number of the errors are surprising in their obviousness. For example, many of the pages have titles that will be alphabetically indexed under words such as "The" or "Where." Others place the word "Online" in the title, which is of course the only way the page will be seen. Nielson is an outspoken opponent of any descent into cutesy images or dialog and he makes his points very effectively. I examined the first few pages very carefully before going on to the comments, trying to determine what difficulties the pages may present. Some were found, but most passed me by. However, after reading the author comments, I went back and looked at them again. When I did that, it was clear what the problem was. My examination was done from the perspective of someone who was experienced in web design and who was not actually using the site to do anything critical. Which is no doubt the reason for the problems and why the authors should be listened to. Nielson and Tahir have that incredibly rare ability to think like a novice while possessing the knowledge of an expert. Some designers may read their comments and consider them picky. Which is true, but only from the designers perspective. Looked at from the viewpoint of a user who wants something right now, they are a frustrating annoyance that is unnecessary. One that I find particularly aggravating is the size of search boxes. For some reason, the designers seem to think 15 characters is enough. Adding a few more characters to the size of the search box does not burn that much additional space and allows the user to see most of their entry. Few of the recommendations in the book would require a major redesign of the site. I took one site and went through a simulated alteration of the code so that it conformed to the recommendations by the authors and was able to complete nearly all of the changes in less than four hours. In contrasting the modified site to the original, there was no doubt in my mind that the altered site was a significant improvement. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone with a license to make a web page. It explains in simple detail what makes web pages work and simple problems that make them a pain in the personals to use.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This is one of the best strategy guides for FF7


This book was very useful compared to many of the Final Fantasy 7 books I have seen. It Has an excellent Bestiary section, Enemy Skill section, special Chocobo and Materia notes and much more. Even includes a special weapons and armor section I had never seen before. A must have!