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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Helped me survive a college web class

This book is extremely helpful for those who, like myself, are easily confused and boggled by web help books that assume genius level readers. Using this book as a reference is its most valuable assest to me...it's so easy to look a topic up and find info on it. And the website they give you to see the examples from the book posted live is a big help as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alex Martelli
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
By This Book!

I have four python books, and this is the best of them!-- It's comprehensive, and even covers new style classes.-- It's well written, and seems to have very few mistakes. Any python user should by this book!
P.S. Thanks to all that use and support open-sourcetechnologies like Python ...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Middling writer, lousy prophet

For a book written in 1999, it's already an achievement that's it's not completely useless, but still it's a bit outdated. Most of its prophecies are wrong (email tokens, anyone? Browsers will be out of date?), and its advice is only good if, first, you believe in it, and second, if you have to manage a site the size of Microsoft.
Even so, part of the book is rather useless. Intranet design does not say anytthing new, desining for disabilities misses many standards, and the part on writing for a global audience seems to be written for the kind of user usable web sites are addressed to, that is, not very bright, I guess. That makes half the book probably very usable, but not very useful.
At the end of the day, if you look for advice for improving the design of your SOHO site, or your blog, you'll find next to nothing in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Developer's Reference Library
Publisher: Microsoft Pr
Authors: Series Editor David Iseminger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
extensive AD reference, great guides

The reference information in this library is very useful and complete, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how much hands-on development information is provided as well. Since Microsoft's Active Directory is relatively new, I needed the combination of guides + reference to get up to speed with AD programming/scripting. This library provided both. The schema book, with its chapters on extending the schema and complete class/attribute listing, rounded out this reference as a must-have for people programming or scripting Active Directory. The AD glossary is a plus, too.