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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Zen wow...

Over the past year I've struggled with CSS and the cross platform/browser version problem. I nearly gave up hope before I came across Dave Shea's wonderful CSS Zen Garden site. While many of the site's offerings are advanced, I am pleased to say Dave and Molly's book is amazing. While The Zen of CSS Design is recommended for those with a grounding in CSS, the book is written is concise and clear enough for a beginner to understand. When you add the wonderful graphic and web design lore to the mix, you have a compelling and very inspiring book on web design.

The authors present the examples, workarounds and tips in a very well written and easy to understand manner. The tips scattered throughout the book feature links to online articles that further one's education in CSS.
As a beginner, this is the first book since Zeldman's Designing for Web Standards that I don't feel threatened by. I understand the concepts without scratching my head-or worse-shutting the book and my computer down in frustration.

The extra special joy of The Zen of CSS Design is the wonderful explainations of graphic design incorporated into every Zen variant the duo examine. As someone about to learn to design, I can't tell you how inspirational this book is. I can't wait to read it again and put some of the practices mentioned to work.

I would love to see more from Dave & Molly on this subject.

Highly, and I do mean highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great way to Learn VB, any beginner would love it

I am a freshman in High School and starting programming in C and C++ between the 8th and 9th grade. I moved to VB mid-9th grade and found this book explained everything and gave you enough information to write good, solid working programs. It showed that object oriented programs CAN be useful(even though C has more freedom). Any beginner wanting to learn VB should read this, it is very usingful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great one for DBA's and developers too

This book is unique. It doesn't read like all the other Sql Server books I have. Its totally different and fresh.
The expert discussions of statistical functions in the language is like nothing else I've ever read. The full-text discussion, the Ole Automation discussion, and the undocumented chapter are all first rate. I loved the null values chapter and the DML/DDL chapters. They are also first rate.
I can't think of a better value for the money than this book. It's very tight, and every page has some new tidbit that you'll be glad you read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel J. Barrett, Richard Silverman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book untill you really need to put SSH to use

Overall, I didn't really like most of the book. I found the book much too confusing since it described the commerical and open versions of SSH at the same time -- as well as both protocols 1 and 2. My mind likes something much more orthoganal in structure.
I found the OpenSSH man pages much more useful than the book for the operation of OpenSSH.
The back of the book starts to get interesting. For example, it describes the pros and cons of running ssh in a batch process. I wish the information in the front of the book was as useful.
I was looking for a "best practices guide to SSH deployment" rather than just a verbose manpage.
The section on Kerberos and AFS seemed to short, probably because the authors don't use AFS?
I kind of forget how thourough the PAM/OpenSSH part is.
And, I can't recall many debugging tips.
I guess that I had the feeling that the book was a manpage extension rather than a source of good, solid, hard earned pragmatic advice.
I was happy that my employer has a $100.00 book allowance. This isn't a book I care to keep.