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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Deborah S. Ray, Eric J. Ray
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding book..!!

I am new to unix and I thought it was an excellent source of information without getting too complicated. I started with linux and soon will be doing FreeBSD. THis book worked great to help me with my linux.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Beginners beware

I'm taking assembly language as part of my CS courses. If you need to learn assembly language don't buy this book. The author doesn't even touch assembly language until chapter 7!Chap 1, a high level overview but not very informativeChap 2, base numbering systems, a waste of 30 pagesChap 3, a basic computer architecture review, another waste of 30 pagesChap 4, Covers text editors, dos files, and other basic junk, more wasted pages.Chap 5, 30 pages to cover the freakin NASM-IDE tool that comes with the book. It's a freakin dos editor for pete's sake. A waste of 40 pages.Chap 6, 40 pages to cover memory architecture, boring. Have we coded yet? Nope!Chap 7 Finally he covers the assembly language syntax.Chap 8 - 11, Actually covers assembly language programs, but the examples are lame.Chap 12 -13 is coding for Linux, about 200 pages
My advice if your professor sticks you with this book is to search the web or buy another book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A eye-opener of a book.

Aside from being a beautifully designed book that is well written and chock full of insight about how people react to websites (and life in general)... this book is a marvel. There are examples of websites that just make it hard for people to get the information they need -- and specific ways to fix these problems. And on top of all the great info is a detailed guide to performing your own usability study without spending thousands of dollars. This book is an eye-opener, and will give any website designer a distinct advantage over the competition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great bookfor even younger Flash developers

I've been using Flash now for about three years and have got more and more into the programming/development aspect. I'm an active part of the Flash communities and had heard a lot about Colin through the forums, which prompted me to buy his book. I consider it a must for anyone who is serious about developing applications within the Flash environment from the very beginner to expert. His style of writing makes it easy to quickly get to grips with even the most complicated areas of actionscript 1. I always keep the book within arms length of my computer as the thorough language reference section regularly provides me with not just ways of doing things, but explains best practices and why. I have bought quite a few instructional books particularly relating to Flash and this is the best by a mile, it makes the price tag seem very good value indeed.