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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
d20 from another perspective


The examples and tables covering d20 rules are so well done that they actually improved my understanding of D&D 3rd ed.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Authors are stuck in a 1986 CS lab...


If you are looking for a technical summary of the W3 HTML specification, this book is for you. If you are looking for a book which will teach you terrible design principles, this book is for you. If you are looking for a book to teach you HTML/CSS/Javascript/etc for practical purposes, i.e. if you want your pages to have any aesthetic value whatsoever, this book is _not_ for you.
I'm serious, folks. There is a two-page discussion of whether or not background images or background colors should be used. There are discussions of Mosaic and Netscape 2.0 compatibility. The authors admonish HTML authors to _avoid_ making their pages look good. "Don't mistake style for substance", they say, in an effort to discourage any style formatting whatsoever. Have the authors never heard of graphic design, or visual art? Communication is not the same as information. Information must be presented well in order to communicate.
To top it off, after discouraging the use of backgrounds, the authors speak about the wonderful potential background audio has for the web.
Hmmm...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an Online Business for Dummies, Third Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Greg Holden
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, well-rounded "how-to" book


Greg did a find job of writing in the rapidly changing sphere of how to start a business online. He's found excellent advice from seasoned experts, and gives a tremendous amount of resources.
The CD that comes with the book is packed with useful programs for small biz owners, & he gives URLS for each program, plus well-written descriptions.
Starting an Online Business for Dummies offers great tools for a solid foundation. If someone is seriously considering an online biz, they'll do well to buy this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful Resource


Before I read this book, I knew nothing about HTML. Now, I have a few really nice web pages. This book is amazing. I looked at about twenty different HTML books in the store, and decided on this one because not only is its content and explanation excellent, but the authors show a great deal of respect to the readers as intelligent people. If you want to learn HTML, this book is the best choice.