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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Metrics: Proven Methods for Measuring Web Site Success
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jim Sterne, Jim Sterne
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a Keeper

This is *the* book to read about web metrics and measuring web site success.
I read much of this book in a couple of days and found it to be superb -- clear, to the point, funny and informative. A really excellent, useful book -- I rarely read whole e-marketing type books because, to be honest, most of them bore me to tears.
This is a winner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Studio MX 2004 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Damon Dean, Andy Cowitt, Ellen Finkelstein, Doug Sahlin, Camille McCue, Damon Dean, Andy Cowitt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Useful; Maybe a Bit Too Much for Dummies

Macromedia Studio MX All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies is definately a value-packed, thick, useful book. There is good reference material and getting-started info on Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Freehand 10, Macromedia Vlash MX, & Cold Fusion MX along with two sections on design basics and integration of studio components.
As I said, with such a breadth of information the book is definately a bargain. However, that advantage is also the book's primary downfall I feel. It says 7 books in one, but if that is true it is SEVEN SHORT BOOKS. Each book is definately not the standard "For Dummies" length. This lends itself to make it 7 abridged-sized books. The adbridgement comes by removing all of the discussion on the more advanced features of the program. Unfortunately the extreme basics are also belabored.
All of that means that the book will be useful to help you get started in Macromedia Studio, but after you have a little more than a few hours of experience in the software suite you will find the book increasingly useless. Because the features which a mildly seasoned user will find difficult to master are not covered, this book is not such a great value if the purchaser already has mild to moderate background experience with MX software.
So with that review in mind take it or leave according to your lot. If you are new to Macromedia Studio MX and want some help for the first month or so getting up and running, this is a great resource. But if you have already pushed through the growing pains of climbing the learning curve, you may want to pass on this one for a more advanced text.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A Candy giving Headaches

No doubt this is a must for beginners in XML, and after a long time the GODs at Wrox decided to grace us poor programmers who are not gurus with a Beginning book. The way they had been churning out Professional series out of their factories I had already prepared my obituary for the Beginning series.
About the book. One of the best on the block for XML. Language is simple, easy to understand, and handles complex topics like XSLT very deftly.
Downside. Very very wordy. This is the first time I see in a Beginning series the author spending so much ink and pages on simplest of topics. Strangely enough some complex topic are written off in half a page. Examples in XSLT dont work. Inspite of downloading the XT program which the author recommends, more than half of the examples of the book don't work, leaving you depressed and confused, you then tend to re-read the pages, trying to find if you missed anything... XML applications arent covered in a greater detail and neither are practical examples for XML use shown.
In my opinion even with its faults this book is still, one of the better ones on the block, try skimming thro the earlier pages a bit faster if you don't want to be put to sleep. Don't waste too much time if the books XSLT examples don't work, just buy this books to get your basics covered and made strong.
Lastly, as I have mentioned again and again, Wrox beginning series are no longer what they used to be, and if anyone at wrox is reading this, I pleade them to get back on their earlier motto of providing quality books like the beginning asp/asp databases/javascript series, or end up losing their fans like me.

Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Every CCIE that I know has a copy of this book.

I have handled most of Cisco switches from 1900 to 6500 series.
This book covers almost everything a network professional could ask for help managing Catlayst Switches. But there is a lot of blah, blah, blah in this book - it's like those bedtime stories.
If you want to save your money, better search the Cisco web site for help.
Any shortcoming of this book I found the help from Cisco web site and Cisco Catlayst LAN Switching by Rossi of McGrawHill publishing.