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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: RF Microelectronics
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Behzad Razavi
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
OK book, but buyer beware


This book covers a good deal of material in a very hot area. However, coverage is uneven with occasional mistakes. The book seems to be collected in a hurry some lecture notes. For example, the formula for the relationship between jitter and phase noise given at the beginning of the book is wrong (even units do not make sense) and is not the same for the expression given in the PLL chapter (it makes more sense).

I believe a good book on the field is yet to be written.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Advanced for Windows and Macintosh : Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual Quickpro Guide)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Russell Chun, Joe Garraffo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A well put together book.


I've just built my first flash website after watching "Learning Macromedia Flash MX 2004" by Lynda.com and wanted to learn more about Flash. Saw this book on Amazon and bought it. It's probably the best educational book I've ever read: straight to the point, almost every tip was a tip that you knew mattered. The lessons are numbered step by step and don't drag you off into "help me I'm bored land." An excersise files CD is definitely a plus. That's pretty much it. I won't say I'm an advanced "Flash Guy" after reading this book, but I'm much more comfortable with what I'm doing now. I've gotten two more sites built, a bunch of friends who want me to build them a site, and a wedding site(for a friend) to build - hmmmm maybe this hobby could end up being something more?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book I wish *I* wrote!!


I'm so jealous! After years of reviewing sites for usability, I still didn't think I had what it would take to write a book. Well, I think I was wrong because as I read this book, I'm shouting "yes, yes!! I've been trying to tell people these things for the longest time!!" If you ever read any book about usability, read this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit (Pro - Resource Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Bill English
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I suggest a pass


SharePoint as a technology is a tremendous product. This book, however, does not come close to doing it justice. I found the verbiage to be incoherent in various places, and occasionally terms were simply never defined. Further, at one point the author says "At the time we had to go to press with this chapter, the information on how to use Microsoft SharePoint Server 2003 extranets was in the beta stages of being written"... When I purchased this book about SharePoint products and technologies, I assumed the author would be able to write about SharePoint portal server 2003 without requiring other authors to pave the way. In short, this book seems to be a repurposing of information from other sources in a pell-mell fashion. Consequently I cannot recommend it.