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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An oldie but goodie


This is a compelling read, at least for a reference book. I read the first 10 chapters in one sitting, thinking I would only read one or two. I haven't let it out of my sight in the three years since. If you need a JavaScript reference, get this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is a "Page Returner"


Have you ever wondered why you return time and time again to certain web sites yet there are others you wish not to return again?

One of the measurements of site success is customer retention. In order to retain your customers, you must know and understand them. Not all web sites have the same customer requirements but they do share some of the same principles. Van Duyne, Landay, and Hong provide the guidance to explain the differentiation of site categories, what they have in common and what customers expect out of them. They reveal how the top benchmark sites are developed from the customer viewpoint. They explain how a customer should know where they are on a site and to navigate, even if they enter the site 5 layers down.

The authors define eleven site genres and then discuss the various patterns that best fit specific type of site or general to multiple types of sites. There have been many books written on web usability and design ... but this book provides the reading experience that can be applied to any site.

Have you ever wondered why you return time and time again to certain books yet there are others you wish not to return again? This book is a "Page Returner."

This book is highly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ASP.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
ASP.NET Starts Here!


G. Andrew Duthie has an excellent command of ASP.NET, as he demonstrates chapter after chapter. Ya gotta love a book with this much sample code! Anyone seeking to learn this hot, new technology would be choosing wisely in selecting this book. He also provides a helpful appendix on migrating existing Web applications from ASP to ASP.NET. Also, there's a Quick Reference at the end of each chapter that really pays dividends when you start coding. By not jumping the gun and publishing a book long before ASP.NET was finalized, he also has one of the more accurate books on the market. He's also very active and helpful on the aspFriends.com lists (another excellent resource!).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Design Patterns
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Design Patterns One Building Block at a Time


I really enjoyed and benefited from reading Head First Design Patterns. The authors not only are entertaining (an approach not taken often enough by technical authors) but approach the topic of design patterns in an effective building block fashion. Each chapter builds on the next. I have learned not only the "hows" of design patterns but the "whys" and "whens" of using each design pattern. Design pattern limits and trade-offs are made clear as you move through each chapter. The examples are real world and the exercises bring it all home for keeps. If you don't enjoy being entertained as you learn, this book is definitely not for you. For the rest of us having fun while gaining a deep understanding of Design Patterns is a treat.