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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Examine the Possibilities


In recent years the design of web pages has changed from using HTML with tables to handle the major part of formatting to using Cascading Style Sheets.

This book is aimed at the web designer or programmer who is interested in what CSS can bring to the design of sites. To the advanced CSS user this book presents a visual focus combined with practical CSS examples from some of today's most innovaive and creative designers. The most advanced user will come away with new ideas that can be used on the next site.

The book recommends that the CSS Novice get a companion book that covers the syntax and basic concepts and to use this book to expand on those ideas and apply them to their work.

With this exception, this is indeed a book suitable for beginners, if nothing else to see just where it is they can go.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe GoLive 6.0 Classroom in a Book (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great book but the faulty CD is a pain


I really am enjoying the course work very much and I would rate the material with a 4 or 5 star rating; however, the CD they include with the book is faulty. Not only is it missing the batch file as mentioned in a previous review it is also missing a setup.exe for the font loader along with the appropriate directory where it should be. With the previous review, I expected to have to contact PeachPitPress to get a replacement CD, but they ended up sending the same faulty CD even though I explained what the problem was. With all that said, I do recommend the book, just do not expect to use the CD training materials right away unless you use a work around.
Here is a quick work around for those that may find themselves in the same situation with being unable to open a locked site.
In Adobe GoLive 6.0, create a new site with the same name that the locked site has. Open the .html files from that lesson in IE or whatever browser you prefer.Save the file to your desktop and import it in to the new site you created.Copy the folders with the gifs into the site home folder and repair any links that may be broken.
I wrote this quick and I may have skipped or miswrote a piece but it should work.
Good luck and sorry for the typos



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OpenGL(R) Programming Guide: The Official Guide to Learning OpenGL, Version 1.2 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mason Woo, Jackie Neider, Tom Davis, Dave Shreiner, OpenGL Architecture Review Board
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absoultely Essential


It is vital that you have this book when programming in OpenGL, especially when learning and you have not yet memorized even the more common prototypes. This book is NOT a replacement for the OpenGL Programming Guide, it is meant to acompany it and be a more useful reference once you have read the Programming Guide. Very VERY usefull. Well Organized, imporant infomation jumps right out at you and details are available on the same page. Overall one of the best references I've used for any language or API.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Studio Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
Authors: James Avery
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Productivity++


If you spend a fair amount of time writing code in Visual Studio.NET, then Visual Studio Hacks will definitely improve your productivity in writing, debugging, and maintaining code. You'll find everything from using (and the practical uses of) built-in features (such as the Clipboard ring) to in-depth explanations of downloadable add-ins.

One thing I love about the book is how easy the hacks are to implement. For example I've always been annoyed at the output from the build results window but never took the time to even think about changing it. It seemed to be just easier to deal with it than fix it. After reading Hack #35 (Modify the Build Output and Navigate the Results), I'm confident I can take a few minutes to write a macro and customize it as needed.

Worried about difficulty in writing a macro? Hack #51 explains it step-by-step.

Although I don't consider myself to be an Über-user of VS.NET, I do use the development environment quite a bit and know my way around fairly well. That said, Visual Studio Hacks has definitely augmented my knowledge of not only what VS.NET does, but what *good* 3rd party add-ins are available. I've had too many bad experiences with *bad* add-ins killing half-a-day of work after requiring a reinstall of VS.NET. The ones listed here work well and are documented well.

By the way, I have to say that I liked Hack #7 (Make Pasting into Visual Studio Easier) the most. But then again, it's pretty hard *not* like a hack that you contributed to the book ;-).