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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Can't wait for the next edition

I started taking a serious interest in web design and development just two months ago and was overwhelmed by the storm of web technologies that hit me right up front: HTML, Dynamic HTML, JavaScript, DOM, CSS etc. This book laid a solid foundation for me. I can confidently say that I now understand how HTML, JavaScript, CSS and DOM combine to produce powerful, interactive and dynamic web pages. In fact, the coverage of JavaScript itself (in the many examples used throughout the book) was so comprehensive that I am now breezing through 'JavaScript: A Definitive Guide'. 'Dynamic HTML' by Danny GoodMan surely delivers on its promise as a definitive reference and then much more.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jabber: Extending XML Messaging (O'Reilly XML)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: DJ Adams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book covers all layers of Jabber very well

When I first picked up this book, I expeted to understand the Jabber protocol in sufficient depth to implement my own IM client. Instead, the approach this book takes is that Jabber isn't just an XML-based protocol strictly for IM, rather it is a general purpose event notification protocol that has some very nice message routing and user management features built into it. While I was reading about the messages that Jabber has defined as part of the protocol, I could easily see other applications/devices generating Jabber messages to notify subscribers (either other systems, or people) of events.
This book covers everything relevant to Jabber technology, from lowest level innerworkings and extensibility examples for developers to configuration and deployment for admins. Most of the book is spent looking directly at the Jabber XML protocol, instead of a specific API implementation. This way, the book covers the technology and doesn't get lost in how one particular API models the protocol.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
XP Update not worth it!

This is the only textbook we used for our OS class at university. My interests lie in systems programming and some low-level interfacing using high level languages but this book really didn't help me much. I was looking forward to this subject but disappointed because the lecturer basically took this book as the bible and made no references to other sources. If this book was to create a religion and my lecturer was the pope then I wouldn't be surprised if there were so many factions like in Christianity...because of the confusing presentation of the subject. Half of the time I was consulting Google because of the nearly useless examples in the book. At one point I was arguing about a vaguely explained topic with my lecturer. I was using other texts as my references but unfortunately my lecturer was pushing his own interpretation of the topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best HTML book I've come across...

Echoing an earlier comment, I love the way the code is displayed side-by-side with its effect. After working through this book, I'm able to write HTML inside vi or Notepad and visualize what it'll do when rendered. I work on a mixed environment (Win95, Win98, WinNT, Linux), so the being able to edit raw HTML and not having to depend on, say, Homesite, is a valuable skill. This is a really well-done book.