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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SAS Programming by Example
Publisher: SAS Institute, Incorporated
Authors: Ron Cody, Ray Pass
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
My first SAS book


This book is helpful for beginner users. It was invaluable to me in learning SAS programming, with great examples of all the basic concepts and operations. It's concise and pretty well-written. (By the way, there's also a helpful "SAS Workbook" that goes along with this, written also by Cody. The Workbook has many exercises to help you get started with SAS).



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
A Classic


Jakob Nielsen understands what is important in web site design.
His useit web usability column, and this book contain important and relevant information on how to create designs that anticipate how an end user will interact with your product.
The whole message is summed up on the back cover "The Practice of Simplicity" - but simple from the end user's perspective means rigorous analysis and usability testing from the designers perspective.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
CD loaded with lots of good code examples


The book has a very good foundation for the development of Win32 applications and system programming. I found the book to have many well established examples and definitely could be used as a reference. The CD provided with the book is loaded with lots of good code examples.This book is not for the newcomer, in order to get good information from the book you should have some good experience in both software programming and some experience with operating systems in general. The book is highly technical and may require the reader to sometimes re-read items in order to totally understand them. The book listings and explanations through tables and figures were very helpful, I must admit that without those tables and figures it would have been much more difficult for me to understand many of the technical items conveyed in the book.I had the chance to try a few of the book examples (too many to try all) and found that they all were working fine. I did find the book a bit hard to navigate through; It may be due to the quantity of information or what I felt was a very small font size which made the book feel a bit crowded. -- Review by Michael S.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Crystal Reports 9
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Cate McCoy, Gord Maric
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Disappointing for the Non-Beginner


This has to be the worst title I have picked up in a while. The author rambles on and on and on about things that have nothing to do with Crystal Reports. Endless filler material here with sample code that looks like it came straight from the Crystal web site. In terms of report design and use, Crystal: The Complete Reference (Peck) is a much better book and I wish I could swap this one for it!