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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must have for anyone learning servlets, JSP


This book is a joy to read. The concepts are very nicely introduced and stays within your grip.
However, JSP is growing faster than a speeding train, and the book is now collecting dust on my shelf since the topics are barely germane to the new versions of specs supported by Tomcat being put out there. It is time to upgrade this beautiful masterpiece of a book on this topic.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Visual FoxPro
Publisher: Hentzenwerke Publishing
Authors: Andy Kramek, Marcia Akins, Rick Schummer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
learn more about fox pro


i need to review this book



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I Want My Money Back !


In spite of the attractive cover and being publiehsed by New Riders, this book is a great disappointment. My advice for any current webdesigner is to look elsewhere for ideas. The first 33 pages of this book contain advice that seems more appropriate for a text book on writing, such as using standard capitalization, spelling out the name of a month and using standard abbreviations.
The next section of the book describes statistics collected by the authors. Here, the statistics are presented in a way that strongly encourages primarily cookie-cutter websites. For example, the authors found that 84% of the websites they looked at had the company logo in the upper-left corner of the homepage. And follow this finding with "We recommend that your site include a logo on the homepage placed in the upper-left corner." As another example it criticizes sites (and even excludes them from their analysis) that do not offer a search feature. With statements such as "Unbelieveably, 14% of the homepages didn't have a search feature." seems to make no allowance for small sites where a search feature would be unnecessary and even foolish.
The final section of the book provides full-color screen shots of popular website homepages and an analysis of those pages by the authors. Here, the authors "critique" pages with frequent trivial comments that seem more appropriate to a scolding teacher or parent with comments like "There should be..." or "This is odd..." or "It's never good.."
I really enjoy good web design books and frequently recommend them to other designers and even clients. But I could not recommend this book even to a novice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Planning Using Primavera SureTrak Project Manager Version 3.0
Publisher: Eastwood Harris
Authors: Paul E. Harris
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Planning Using Primavera SureTrak Project Manager Version 3.


Planning Using Primavera SureTrak Project Manager Version 3 is a Training Manual introducing the features of the Suretrak Version 3.0 Software which is used for Planning and Controlling Projects. The Technical Services Group at John Holland has been using SureTrak since its introduction by Primavera. I personally use Paul Harris' manual in the delivery of training courses in SureTrak. At John Holland we conduct SureTrak training over a two day period, and within this time limitation I have found the manual provides comprehensive detail on the features of SureTrak and is easy to follow. As it is considered to be an excellent guide in respect of the use of the software, at the end of the training course attendees receive a manual for reference and as a 'memory jogger' when they start to use the software. The manual is divided into sections with a 'workshop' at the end of each section providing the ability to practice the points covered. Useful tips, for both experienced and new users are provided throughout the manual and are indicated with an 'i'. This is a manual that the user will turn to again and again. Particularly for new users of the Software, but even for experienced users who are trying to solve a particulasr problem it is a good guide into the features of SureTrak. This manual fills a slot in the market as an easy to follow guide in the use of the SureTrak Version 3.0 software, and I would recommend it to those wishing to learn how to use SureTrak or refresh their skills.