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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
XSLT in a real project

On a contract with a deadline, I made a technology gamble on XSLT. Off to the bookshop, back with an armload for some serious self-ed. Kay's is the book (of half a dozen similar) that got used, for learning, as a style-guide and as a technical reference. Some of the other books were interesting, but Kay's was both everything required and the only thing required.
We hit the deadline and exceeded all expectations with a superset of the specified functionality. The book was pivotal in our mastery of this technology, though I do like to think native talent helped. Loathe to part with a treasure (bought on corporate Diners, therefore part of company library) I put hand in pocket for my own copy. It's that good.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Defensive Design for the Web : How to improve error messages, help, forms, and other crisis points (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: 37signals, Matthew Linderman, Jason Fried
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

No introduction necessary for 37S, I am a near-cultic reader of the "Design Not Found" (DNF) endeavour and of the "Signal vs. Noise" (SvN) blog. But upon reading the flyer for this book I wondered if I'd find something in it that's not already on these two sites. Unfortunately, the answer is somewhat mixed.
(1) Those who don't have the time or the energy to voraciously follow the posts on SvN or the additions to DNF. (2) Site Managers who need a guideline or checklist of things they would do well to cover off. (3) Project Managers making a case for that common-sense stuff that's usually skirted amidst all those Yesterday deadlines. (4) Cultic fans of 37 Signals(5) Those who like Interstate typography :) (6) Those who don't really care for actual implementation, but are looking simply for some cursory ideas and examples. For instance, in giving examples of good 404 pages (aren't we kinda late to the party if we need a book such as this to get educated on the MOST fundamental element of a website?) we are never really told how these pages can be implemented. We instead get 7 pages of what the authors believe are good case studies. Fair enough.
PEOPLE WHO MAY BE DISAPPOINTED: (1) Web Developers in the know. I mean, do I really need a half page discourse on the scourge of the RESET button (which no one uses) or a whole page on why I should disable the SUBMIT button once it has been pressed by a user, etc etc?(2) Those who believe that nearly twenty dollars could get you a whole array of other cool things.
It's an extended and neatly bound version of DNF with a New Riders stamp, and only you're the judge of what that could mean to you. Great stuff, very well presented in the customary 37S elegant minimalistic design, but it would be difficult to make a case for why this is a must-own item for webbies in-the-know.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: AI Game Programming Wisdom (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The most complete, the most usefull resource...

This is the best book in my library.Write by professionals, with usefull techniques and well explained details of almost every cool aspects of AI in the game programming world.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Enterprise Information Architecture: Reengineering Information Systems
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Melissa Cook, Hewlett-Packard Professional Books
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book

I have a business background an work in business development for a large Swiss ISP. We have a lot of development going on inhouse and furhtermore, need to integrate standard software.
The book help me tremendously builing an understanding of what needs to be done to get order into our (creative) chaos. As a nice side effect I developed the glossary to communicate with the developers.