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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Human-Computer Interaction (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Alan Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd, Russell Beale
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worst HCI textbook ever

The audience of this book are supposedly to be undergraduate students taking user interface design or usability analysis classes. However, this book lacks the insights and conceptual depth commonly required by a college level textbook. This book simply uses too much pages to describe common senses without covering the real non-trival HCI knowlege people accumulated in the past thirty years. I feel this book might be ideal for high-school students as HCI readings, it's definately not for undergradates, researchers or professionals who want to impove their own skills in user-centered design.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Design Patterns Explained : A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design (2nd Edition) (Software Patterns Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alan Shalloway, James Trott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More than just a book on patterns

I don't write reviews often but this book was so good that I felt compelled to do so. It's not just a book about design patterns but also about the thought processes that lead to them. After reading this book (the 2nd edition), I was able to find and fix the flaws I knew I had in one of my existing program designs. By learning to isolate concepts that vary, you can create loosley coupled designs that are easy to modify and extend. Thinking in patterns allows you to see the bigger picture in your design without getting caught up in the details. By having a more conceptual view of your software, you can borrow ideas from time tested solutions.

Highly Recommended!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect intro to SQL and PL/SQL

This books covers all the necessary basics of SQL, and then shows how to create Oracle triggers, functions, and stored procedures. It's easy to read. It has great examples. Couldn't ask for a better combination.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Easy to understand

I really enjoyed readig this book! It's written in a simple and undestandable language that even CSS beginer can unterstand everythig, well almost everything, the sky is the only limit... But i really recomend this book for those who is seeking something to start from with CSS. Its NOT a waste of your money, believe me!