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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A classic!


I want to give a resounding thank you and "thumbs up" to Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. The Pragmatic Programmer is absolutely great. What a terrific find! I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
I was required to read this for a graduate school course, and quite honestly I was a little skeptical about reading a book written by programmers. I am not a programmer, but must communicate with "them" in building systems. I will use this book as reference constantly, and have already recommended it to others.
This book cuts through all the language barriers that non-programmers and programmers have and presents information in a very readable format.
I appreciate the witty humor combined with straightforward explanations.
Bravo and thank you!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Impressions from the Creativity Portal


Robin has written a simple book on design and typographic principles. Her intended audience is the secretary or admin, the church volunteer, the small business owner, the student, or anyone who is occasionally faced with the prospect of designing the written word. Her advice will not make you a professional, nor is it intended to replace a formal education, but will give the novice insight on what works and why. I don't often use phrases like "life-altering" or "eye opening", but this book deserves them. The concepts taught can be used for a newsletter, flyer, brochure, term paper, church bulletin, letterhead, or resume. She includes plenty of good examples as well as bad ones, and little quizzes throughout the book. It's a small book that can easily be read in a weekend, but what you learn will stay with you forever.
The first half of the book is dedicated to CRAP (contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity), four principles that, onceunderstood, will turn your so-so document into something that people will want to read. And once you learn CRAP, you'll seeit everywhere (she calls this the Joshua Tree Principle). You'll understand why this magazine article is so visually attractive,while that newspaper ad has no appeal at all.
The second half of the book focuses on typefaces (fonts), which so many of us love to collect. She describes the six maincategories and, more importantly, teaches us how to successfully mix font styles within a document (yes, even you can successfullymix three or more fonts on a page, once you know how).
I've been so impressed by Robin's style of writing and the information she reveals that I've purchased two more of her books(The Non-Designer's Web Book and Robin William's Web Design Workshop), and plan to purchase more.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
These people have no sense of design


At first I thought this book would be inspiring and informative. Although some of the statistical data was useful, overall I found this book to be stifling. As a student of web design, I found it bothersome how the authors stamped out every notion of creativity. They insult the intelligence of present-day internet users and suggest an almost "template" approach to web design. As they deconstructed sites, I found their suggestions to be petty and/or picky. For example, they suggest that every page should place the logo in the upperleft corner. Or, they would criticize wording for being "overly cutesy" or "too clever."Although I think it is important for webpages to have worthy content and logical navigation, the authors of this book regard visual appeal as something frivilous. I would challenge that the viewing public do in fact have a large visual vocabulary and are capable of consuming and understanding different visual forms. We see this in the areas of advertising and industrial design, with the success of fresh, unpredictable campaigns and product lines.I think this book provides some limited insight, but after the first 40 or so pages, the stringent guidlines become overbearing.Curiously, I wonder how Nielsen's site, useit.com, would survive a deconstruction? The site is jam-packed with words, and the space is too unified without any visual elements to break it up. I didn't have the patience to scan through it at all.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great way to learn Perl if you can program


I have read some of the other reviews. I beg to differ with some who say that you must be a Unix hacker to use the book. You merely have to be a programmer. This book is great.

This sentence from the book's Preface should be posted prominently on the product purchase page. "Although you don't need to know a single bit about Perl to begin reading this book, we do recommend that you already have familiarity with basic programming concepts such as variables, loops, subroutines, and arrays, and the all-important 'editing a source code file with your favorite text editor.' "

Amazon.com
It is fully accessible to the novice programmer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Inaccurate statement per authors' own statement.

From Book News, Inc.
A guide for both novice and experienced programmers who will find Perl a useful language for the tasks of manipulating text, files, and processes, superseding C, sed, awk, and the UNIX shell. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Inaccurate statement per authors' own statement.

Book Info
This new edition has been rewritten to take a ground-up approach for programmers just learning Perl. Softcover. DLC: Perl (Computer Program Language).
Absolutely accurate statement.

The publisher, O'Reilly and Associates
Learning Perl, written by a leading Perl instructor, provides a systematic, step-by-step, tutorial approach to learning the language. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Absolutely accurate statement.

Product Description:
Written by two of the most prominent and active members of the Perl community, this book is the quintessential tutorial to the Perl programming language.
Absolutely accurate statement.