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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential SNMP
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Douglas Mauro, Kevin Schmidt, Kevin J. Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent SNMP intro for beginners

I got HP OV NNM 7.5 started at work on a rush due to the need of increasing proactive response to the regular problems. This book, even based on old versions of the software I have in hand came up to be very straight to the point and was full of examples that aid me to realise how SNMP works. Even when you are a seasoned sysadmin/netadmin you happen to be off the road with topics of paramount importance such as SNMP. Don't be afraid of the age, this book is great for the price, and the authors made it big. Five stars...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book will make you think!

Steve Krug does a great job of pointing out the necessity and effectiveness of site design that incorporates good usability features. We all know that usability is important, but we often forget is that what seems obvious to us may not be obvious to our visitors. Between the book's concise explanations and very effective graphic visuals, I was really able to walk away with a better feel for "user friendly" design.
The fact that this book is short, simple, and easy to read makes it a handy addition to any developers library!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This is a book okay to read, but....

Books on computer programming live or die on the quality of their examples. As every programmer knows, a good example is worth a thousand words. Sadly "Design Patterns" fails miserably in this regard. It suffers from a descriptive overkill that smothers the inherent simplicity of the subject the authors purport to explain. For example, a simple pattern such as "Strategy" is described is such unnecessay detail, that I began to doubt I ever understood it in the first place! For design patterns I was not already familair with, I could not follow them at all. Part of problem is the high-toned, quasi academic style the authors use, with endless citations and qualifications that do anything but explain(Grady Booch is guilty of this too). If you are having trouble with this stuff (and lets face it if Design Patterns is your text book you probably are!), then I can recommend the chapter on OOP in Bruce Eckels book "Thinking in Java" - it helped me make the conceptual leap into OOP. ...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows User Experience (Microsoft Professional Editions)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Looks very promising!

I haven't finished this book yet, but so far I'm very pleased. It's very comprehensive, and contains many screenshots. It also contains information about integration w/ Internet Explorer, which is important to me. The only downside is that it's written by Microsoft, so some of Windows' shortcomings aren't really discussed.