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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Design with Standards and CSS and you will never go back.

I knew I had to update my site, but the thought of trying to create an HTML page using the same old methodology was holding me back. Nested tables to build a fluid structure was just to exasperating to think about. As I started looking at more blog's on the www, and seeing how much more creative and elegant the designs were, I also noticed that the designs were primarily CSS driven. Viewing the source only reveled paragraph and div tags. The structure and presentation had been almost completely separated. This is the deal!
I had been using CSS, but incorrectly. I began going through the W3C Specs for CSS and noticed there were a number of help resources. The source I landed on was Jeff's. Although much of the content revolves around the argument for standards, there are great tips and a beginner project to help understand the basics. But if you go to the author's personal website, there is a wealth of information. Also, the author's personal website is very elegant and the CSS that holds it together is free for all. Another excellent source of information is the author's business website, "A List Apart". Thank you very much Jeff!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Experienced Programmers only, please.

I've bought some C++ books and tried to learn the language quickly. However, it seemed to me that each book explains things differently. Finally, I've got this book, and found that this book is the only reliable C++ book, let alone having been authored by its inventor.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not what I expected ...

I totally agree with all of Jakob Nielsen's ideas on usability. However the book itself is really only a copy of everything you can find on his website and more surprisingly, the web version is much more readable. The book is not very amusing to read, to many web page screenshots tend to brake your lecture process and force you into constant page flipping.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good if you already know programming little bit.....

This book is pretty good for those who already know programming [such in c++/c/etc..] a little bit. If you have no experience in programming you might get lost sometime. After all this book gives the flavor of Python doesn't go very deep for example it doesn't say how to search in a list or it doesn't talk about advanced mathematical calculation on Matrix even though Python has impressive built-in functions for Matrix calculation. So far I liked this book and if I wanted to know more I had to search on the internet. After all I liked this book. I am thinking to buy another book which covers more advanced topics and STL stuffs. Hope you will be able to ... thanks and good luck.