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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
It should be about facts not ego


From the beginning this book seems to be about Jakob standing on high, sharing his unquestioned wisdom with the simple folk. Perhaps if he backed up his pronouncements with more facts, idependent research (not just quoting himself, his firm or his past affliations with Sun) he might sound like more than hot air.
In the end, I measure any non-fiction book by how many practical insights, tips or concepts I take away. I finished this book without having learned anything more than if I had sat in a bar listening to a couple of web designers bitching about how stupid most people are. It comes down to look at my site. I got it right because I am smarter than you.
Save the money. Go buy a couple of developers a beer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A model !


The only language I really learnt from a single book was C, and the main reason is the Kernighan-Ritchie great classic. It is written in a most intelligent way: it grabs your attention not by silly jokes, but by genuinely interesting (if short and simple) programs. You learn C and, most important, you learn good programming habits and style. The exercises are extremely relevant and, if not exactly easy, are feasible and make you fix the ideas you were exposed to. The book has an elegance I found in no other, except for the one by Kernighan on Unix. This must be very hard to attain, otherwise other authors would have profited from the lesson.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MP - Systems Analysis & Design w/Proj Cases CD
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey L Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, Kevin Dittman, Jeffrey Whitten, Lonnie Bentley, Kevin Dittman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not enjoying it...


I found the authors treatment of this very comprehensive subject to be the best I have ever seen. I was so impressed by their pedagogical approach and their coverages, that I built my entire Internet WebClass around the book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid Effort... A must Have for Struts developers....


I have just about all the Struts books. I reach for this book quite a bit. It is a great reference book. It is well written and well organized.
If you are doing serious Struts development, you should probably have both "Struts in Action" (Manning) and this book.
I reach for the Manning book the most. It seems to have the most information. I reach for this book second. This book seems to be better organized than the "Struts in Action" book.
None of the Struts books do a good job of Tile coverage. And there is no exception here, the Tile coverage is weak. The validator coverage is good.
Chuck takes it up a level and covers things related to Struts development like performance, and logging.
I've always thought "Mastering Struts" by Wiley was the most-readable tutorial-like and most suitable for novices. If you are getting started with Struts, start with Mastering Struts.