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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Albeit egregious there is some content here


Albeit the kumquats are egregious, this book is a good source of information, albeit the kumquats are egregious. Unfortunately, this book has neither structure nor organization (every paragraph references a paragraph in another chapter) and is quite painful to read, albeit. There is uneccessary repetition that confuses and frustrates the reader, albeit it does get the point across, albeit it does waste a lot of paper and time, albeit. OHHH... If you didn't know, "the dir attribute lets you advise the browser which direction the text within the <> segment should be displayed in, and the lang lets you specify the language used within that tag". I thought I should clear the dir/lang attributes up as there is insufficient coverage of them in the book, albeit. kumquat. egregious kumquat deprecated.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional VB.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Fred Barwell, Richard Case, Bill Forgey, Billy Hollis, Tim McCarthy, Jonathan Pinnock, Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Whitney Hankison, Rockford Lhotka, Jan Narkiewicz, Rama Ramachandran, Matthew Reynolds, John Roth, Bill Sheldon, Bill Sempf
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Updated - Ready for Visual Studio v1.0


Wrox has reworked the second edition to now work with the Release of .Net and Vsual Studio v1.0. They have obviously been looking at the feedback from customers and have reorganized and added new material. This is from the Professional series and provides a lot of detail in each chapter, it is not simply a sample. It provides good examples and explanations of each subject covered. Another quality Wrox title!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeffrey Rubin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Rock-solid introduction to usability testing.


The author provides a supermarket of information from which you can choose your approach and method for performing usability testing. I had a little usability-testing experience when I bought this book. It quickly gave me some ways to streamline my process, plus some ways to shore up my process where it was weak. The most important thing this book gave me, however, was an understanding of when to use "quick and dirty" usability testing and when to perform a more thorough study.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-291): Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: J.C. Mackin, Ian McLean
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Don't waste your money on this book


I am an MCSE MCDBA and MCT. One of the training companies I work for chose to use the self paced study guides from Microsoft Press for their curriculum. (We are transitioning to the new MOAC courses.) While this book doesn't seem to be riddled with as many innacuracies as some of the other books in this series are, the author does a poor job of presenting and explaining the material. In addition the author explains how individual features in Windows Server 2003 work but makes either no attempt or poor attempts to explain the higher level concepts that tie all the features together. Reading this book will not enable you to pass the 70-291 exam, worse yet it will not train you to be an effective systems engeneer.

While I have not read the Sybex counterpart for 70-291, I used the Sybex books for studying for my NT4.0 and Windows 2000 certifications and would highly recommend them.