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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Basic book with (ironically) a horrible user interface


This is a very difficult book to process.
Both my wife and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where our eyes are supposed to go.
While there are many interesting issues that are culled from other books, there's not enough depth to make any chapters stand out in my mind. Want a great book on the web? Get "Don't Make Me Think!".....



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great "how to" book!


A few weeks ago I developed a simple strategy for evaluating how-to books about technology. Books about computers should: 1) weigh less than a gallon of milk; 2) cost less than twenty dollars; 3) be updated yearly; 4) come with some kind of technical support via a website or an author email; and 5) Be clear, be clear, be clear. Books that comply with these requirements will achieve every author's dream of being good and popular at the same time. Elizabeth Castro writes books in this manner, and once again her HTML 4 For The World Wide Web (fourth edition) has found its way to the top of the bestseller lists for books about computers and the Internet. The book covers all the important aspects of HTML 4, including the latest updates about Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2. Each chapter gets right to the point and teaches you how to do things: format text, make links, add multimedia, make tables, frames, and forms. You get a handy color chart on the back inside cover of the book; and a whole chapter called "Extras" that teaches lesser-known tricks such as how to password-protect a directory, soup up your mailto links, create buttons with tables, and create and automatic slide show. There are also chapters about scripts, the essentials of JavaScript, and how to get people to visit your page after you've published it on the Web. The Visual Quickstart Guide format itself is an exemplary vehicle for Castro's instructional skills. Every page contains at least one diagram, so that the reader can SEE what's happening on their computer screen. All the lessons are divided into small bite-sized segments which are easy to digest. This strategy, known as "micro-uniting," has been proven to be the most effective way to teach. You can read the book straight through from start to finish, or you can use it as a reference book and jump in to any chapter. After each lesson, you may find yourself saying amazedly: "It's easy to do that!" In just a short time, working with this book, you'll be able to create useful, sophisticated and attractive effects on your web pages. Elizabeth Castro is one of those great how-to writers who anticipate your questions and thus make the learning process fast, efficient, and fun. HTML 4 For The World Wide Web is the ideal book to beginners who want to learn how to make web pages, and for intermediate-level users who want to give their web pages more features and a thoroughly professional look. Paperback, 384 pages
Michael Pastore, Reviewer



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel J. Barrett, Richard Silverman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE book for ssh


If you are a UNIX/Linux admin or user, and want the best documentation on SSH then this is the book. I personally don't like reading HOWTOs, FAQs, etc on the Computer screen (trying to save my eyes). Anyway, this book gives a well ordered explaination of ssh giving you the ability to read by topic. For example, if you are interested in the options available to configure the authentication process, it is not simply lumped in the list of sshd_config options, but is ALL located in the same place with a good discussion of the option. It is well indexed to find what you need quickly.
One of the best features of the book is that it covers ssh1, ssh2, and Openssh. Using the authentication example, the book gives you how ssh1 handles it first, then ssh2, and then Openssh. Which is important since they will sometimes handle things differently.
This is only the second book I have used that covers SSH, and it is without a doubt, the better of the two. If you use SSH for production systems, this book is a must.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hot Text: Web Writing that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jonathan Price, Lisa Price
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good advice on getting the attention of the impatient


As the number of web sites with extensive textual content continues to contract, it is time for all content providers to reevaluate their creative policies. Web users are the most impatient of people and no extra words are tolerated. In most instances, you have one or two sentences to get your main point across and keep your reader interested enough to read beyond that. As someone who has written a great deal of material for the web I found the advice in the book to be accurate and wish that many content creators would read it and apply it. There are many before and after examples of how text should be written and edited when the target is the web. Many of them are in the category of obvious after the fact, as the before segments often seem fine before the after is read. Chapter 18 is a list of websites where you can get additional information as well as sites that publish web content. The web is really no different than any other mass medium in that the key currency is attention sufficient to create retention. The difference on the web is that you have less time to create the attention and this book is packed with advice on how to do that. I have recommended it to others who write for the web.