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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Dan Shafer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS


Very well-written and intelligently paced. The CSS2 reference alone is worth the money!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Kevin Monahan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
MG&FX in FCP


One of the most readable books explaining FCP techniques that I have read. Really well put together, especially from a beginning to intermediate user standpoint. Comes with a DVD of extra material for use with the tutorials in the book. Excellent examples, wonderful graphics, great exercises, and some bonus plugins to use in your own FCP setup! I would love to see Apple use Kevin to prepare material when they do the upgrade to FCP 5 in the future. I am very pleased.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stellar!


I have to admit to being somewhat skeptical about this book, but after reading 3/4 of it, my skepticism is gone. It's wonderfully written, full of practical advice to designing and building secure software.
I think the most useful chapter is on threat modelling, we're building such models for all our apps.
Say what you will about Microsoft,but this book is great! And, hopefully a sign of things to come from the company.



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
A call to simplify.


Another Outsource Marketing favorite!
Steve Krug couldn't have done a better job titling his book "Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability." It's filled with common sense approaches that help website developers, writers, designers, and architects create sites that decrease cognitive load and telegraph ideas quicker.
He practices what he preaches: the graphics, layout and copy are brilliantly executed. Complex ideas are made simple with clear charts and graphs. Technical terms are written clearly so non-technical people will easily understand. And this excellent book is one of those rare quick reads with substance.
After reading this book, check out Jakob Nielsen's "Designing Web Usability." The two books combined will give you a great foundational understanding of web usability.