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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Interface Design for Programmers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, amusing and easy to read. Go buy.

Joel has a great writing style making this book a delight to read. It covers all the major areas of interface design in a thoroughly pragmatic way. This is user interface design for practical people who want their software or web sites to be used, not hung on the wall of a gallery.
The pace is fast, the tone light, but the message important. Go buy it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside LightWave 8
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Dan Ablan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Helped me get over the hump!

I found this book to be the best LightWave beginner book on the market. The reviews on this book don't do it justice because it is just that good. The 'novice' guy that thinks the book is not for beginners must be reading something else because if you can't learn from Dan's quickstart chapter (chapter 1) then something is wrong with you. There are hours and horus of videos on the books dvd too that teach you step by step. Each chapter ramps you up from knowing nothing to understanding the program. The novice reviewer is the only 3 star review which makes me believe that its that same guy out to put down dan's stuff. Hey buddy - if you're so good, instead of writing anonymous reviews - go write your own book. Inside lightwave 8 rocks!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introducing Microsoft .Net, Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David S. Platt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, if starting from scratch

I think the book is good whether you just got a copy of VS.NET beta 2 and you need some hints to get started. If you really want to do something professional with Vs.NET this isn't the book for you. There aren't many technical details. In a few words, if you are looking for documentation to help you make money with VS.NET try another book or you'll lose both time and money, instead if you are looking for a rather general overview of VS.NET features, it could be of some help; it is well written and some parts even amusing.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microbiology: An Introduction, including Microbiology Place(TM) Website, Student Tutorial CD-ROM, and Bacteria ID CD-ROM (7th Edition)
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Pub Co
Authors: Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
NOT a keeper

We used this book in our Microbiology class (community college-pre nursing). Everyone, including me, disliked this book. We usually keep all our books for future use, but concensus was to get rid of this one. We have found the topics to be scattered all over the book and not organized well. DNA replication information was not clearly explained...In fact I found most of the topics to be better explained in "Biology" by Cambell-Reece-Mitchell. I usually read all my books. This class, I used the web for DNA replication and bacteria caused diseases, and biology book for the rest. One good thing came out of this. It forced me to use the web, and it is a great resource for Micro.