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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction : Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning
Publisher: Pfeiffer
Authors: Ruth Colvin Clark, Richard E. Mayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book based on evidence

Hi: I found the book to be very useful in helping me design an e-learning program. The basic concept of the book is that simple is best; do not overload the learner with extraneous information. The book is nicely laid out and the authors practice what they preach in the learning design of the book. The only weakness I found was the examples used. They seemed dated and not really applicable.
Overall a great learning experience for me. I read it twice and will review it periodically as I work on different projects.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jesse James Garrett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A clear and concise map of the user experience world

Subtitled 'User-Centred Design for the Web', this new book is designed to give the big picture, addressing ideas rather than techniques. At less than 200 pages and with many graphics, it's a book you can read in an afternoon, but at the same time it manages to cover a remarkable number of ideas.
The most powerful idea in the book is the Garrett's 'elements' referred to in the title, which he defines as five planes or layers of experience - surface, skeleton, structure, scope and strategy. Garrett explains clearly and elegantly how user needs, content requirements, navigation design, visual design and other components fit into this 5-plane scheme.
I can see Garrett's graphics become standard tools for UX professionals needing to explain to clients what they do, why it's important, and how it fits in with what others do.
This is a good book to put into the hands of senior and middle managers who know little about Web development, and specialists in other disciplines - such as graphic designers - who need an appreciation of how all the elements from different professionals slot together.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of System and Network Administration
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christine Hogan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Systems Administration as a Liberal Art

The thing about this book is that it's a theoretical treatise on systems administration as a discipline in and of itself. There's no other book like it on the market, and Limoncelli and Hogan do a great job of showing us the core competencies and knowledge that define a systems administrator, the knowledge that has nothing to do with what specific systems or networks we're actually running. Up until now, the only way you'd get this knowledge was if you were lucky enough to apprentice under an experienced systems administrator or if you read between the lines of other systems administration books, and figured out the metaknowledge contained in their lists of commands to type and single platform descriptions.
If you're a new sysadmin starting out, reading this book will give you the edge that would take at least 5-10 years on the job to get--and only a few sysadmins who attack the job from more of an academic perspective will get. It's mostly a book about how to think, much like a liberal arts education teaches you how to think. Perhaps the liberal arts background of the authors is showing a bit.
If you're an experienced sysadmin, you still probably haven't put it all together this way before. If you're a manager, you need to read both the chapters on how to manage sysadmins, as well as the chapters that tell what your sysadmins will be doing to get what they want from you.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in systems administration as a discipline, science, art, career, or job function.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PMP Exam Prep - Seminal guide to exam success

I recently passed my PMP exam with this book and related materials as the ONLY exam preparation tools I used. My 20+ years of PM experience would not have been sufficient to score nearly as well because of the fairly narrow interpretations of many terms and concepts that are unique to the PMI context. I read a variety of texts and web-based resources during my eight months of preparation and study, but relied almost exclusively on Rita's Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep tools to provide "ground truth" when I encountered conflicting methods or subtle differences in methodology promoted by individual experts in the field. Of greatest value were tips on the exam itself, suggestions for resolving what appear at first glance to be multiple correct answers, and the emphasis on essential relationships and formulas. The practice exams were worth every penny of the cost of your entire package. By taking them repeatedly for several weeks, I developed a rhythm of responding to easier questions and deferring successively more difficult questions in a way that carried over to the actual exam and made that 4 hours seem comfortably familiar. Identifying the subject matter of more commonly missed questions also helped focus my final study sessions on specific topics or vernacular that could have been problematic. This is a well-designed package of materials that Rita supports quite well and obviously works hard to keep current. I applaud Rita's contribution to the PM profession.