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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It ain't "intuitive"


Before reading further, one should note that this may be as much a review of Dreamweaver as David McFarland's book.

Dreamweaver MX 2004 is probably the most popular program for web-site creation. With Dreamweaver one can create complex web-sites more easily than if one were writing in hypertext markup language (HTML). (My son who does this for a living says he can create sites just as quickly by writing HTML directly, but his old man certainly can't.) But this is not a simple program to use. The slim green volume that accompanies the software merely scratches the surface and it is unlikely that anyone could put together anything more than the most rudimentary site with only the instructions that come in the manual.

Instead one needs a book like "Dreamweaver 2004: the Missing Manual" to begin to tap the potential of the program. This book is part of a series by Pogue Press aimed at supplementing software vendors' instructions. McFarland, using straight forward simple language, takes you through the steps to basic competency with the program, using several tutorials that one can download from the publisher's own website.

But don't think this will be a simple task. If you are not familiar with HTML you will have to get at least 200 pages into this volume of more than 800 pages to comfortably create a site. But you shouldn't stop there. Even if you skip to only the most essential chapters, you'll want to go back and consider how to integrate your website with programs like Flash and Shockwave. And if you expect to spend any time building or developing websites you'll also want to learn how to use the Dreamweaver power tools like snippets and templates. Advanced users can even learn how to create dynamic web sites tied to databases. The author covers it all. Unfortunately the software is powerful but not very intuitive. As a result, as I used the program to revise my own website, I found myself frequently looking in the book's index to find help. Most of the time I found it easily.

And the dirtiest secret of all is that eventually, if you want to build complex websites, you are going to have to learn some HTML. Oh, not a lot of tags, but at least the structure of the language, so you can go into the code and make changes. I found myself occasionally lousing up a page so badly that I couldn't figure out how to use the Dreamweaver design tools and had to go into the program's code view to straighten things out. Of course, this wasn't the author's fault - he gave me everything he could, but it's a complex program. Still I don't see how anyone who's serious about building a website would want to be without Dreamweaver, and how anyone who's not an experienced programmer (and perhaps even some who are) would want to be without this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Operating Systems (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew Tanenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
In-depth and up-to-date


This book offers a thorough description of latest operating systems (Windows 2000 and Unix) and general concepts. At times it may be difficult for non-specialists (I am a biologist), but if you have a good dictionary of computer terms, it's not a problem. Depth and coverage of up-to-date material more than compensate for that.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Incident Response and Computer Forensics, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Prosise, Kevin Mandia, Matt Pepe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incident Reponse - Great Book for System Administrators


I read the book and found that it does a pretty good job of describing some of the methods hackers use to attack computer servers. I have attended numerous intrusion courses and this book covered similar material to that found in courses costing $2500.00 and up. I would recommend the book to all serious computer adminstrators and computer security experts. This book was well written and is geared toward individuals with strong backgrounds in Unix computer administration. It does not cover everything, but no book can. Its also a great buy if you compare it to the high cost attending a course presenting similar matterial(...)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You'll be cranking out forms and reports in no time


This book gives the best explanation I've seen of Form Builder, Report Builder, and the reasons to use the Project Builder. Two big thumbs up.