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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Jakob Nielsen's New Masterpiece

Jakob Nielsen has done it again! His new book is a true masterpiece.
Every section demonstrates how management on the strategic level as well as public relations professionals, designers and marketers can all be inspired to think or re-think their entire e-business approach.
Full of experience and wisdom, not to mention the vast amount of illustrative examples that accompany Dr. Nielsen's guided tour through dos and don'ts in the world of web design and usability.
By the way, due to it's super logical structure, the book is also an excellent handbook to return to for pieces of good advice at later stages. And believe it or not, even as bedtime reading Jakob Nielsen's book is in a class by itself...
My conclusion: A must for management and a gold mine for everybody else seeking to improve the presence and the results of their organization on the net.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Much improved

I have the CD version (Perl CD Bookshelf).The biggest hurtle of the second edition seemed to me to be the first few chapters. The newest version of this book (3rd ed.) is much clearer than the prior version. You should be able to do simple tasks in the first few chapters working into regex stuff and modules later on. It helps a lot to be a Linux user as most distributions (if not all) include this by default. Use the example questions at the end of the book! you should be able co code fairly well in a couple of weeks. Programming Python and The Perl Cookbook may be what you need then. All of these books are on the Perl CD Bookshelf.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great guide, learn it ALL!!!!!

This book is wonderfully written and takes you step by step through the biggest RPG in video game history.
All MateriaAll Characters and secret charactersAll WeaponsAll ArmorAll ItemsAll Sidequests
And it is ALL step by step. A great guide to complete this great game.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hardcore .NET

Don't let the first few chapters of this book fool you: this is a book for hardcore .NET developers. It shouldn't be the first book you buy about .NET, as it goes into incredible detail about the fundamentals of the .NET platform. For example, when you learn about using types on the platform, it's not just a pragmatic approach to writing code: it shows underneath how the system does what it does. This gives you a fuller view of the system, and lets some of the mystery disappear. The knowledge makes you a better "big picture" developer.
Don thinks at a high level, and writes very concisely as a result. By any other author, this book might've been a 1400 page mammoth; I'm amazed at the valuable data he's packed into just over 400 pages.
Some developers may the material in this book unattainable because of the concise and in-depth technical material. Those who do grok it will find it invaluable. This book was well worth the wait for me.