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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Studio MX 2004 : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
word "training" misleading

I expected a long and drawn out training with this book, but instead got lots of highly rewarding information on how best to to utilize this complex software.
If you just bought Macromedia Studio, this book is a ideal companion to get you started!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mathematica Navigator : Mathematics, Statistics, and Graphics
Publisher: Academic Press
Authors: Heikki Ruskeepaa
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book on Mathematica and Applied Mathematics

I have many books on Mathematica and use Mathematica a lot to do both symbolic and numerical calcualtions. This book is the best I have seen. I would recommend it to anyone using Mathematica for serious symbolic or computational work. If you are looking for a book about applied mathematics and numerical methods with Mathematica this is the one. The treatment of the graphical capabilities of Mathematica is complete and very useful. The only minor criticism I would have for this book is that it has no unsolved exercises and problems. However the examples presented are excellent. I have the highest regard for the author of this book. He has produced a superb piece of work!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Valuable Book (says author of GUI Bloopers)

As an experienced user-interface designer and author of another UI design book (GUI Bloopers), I expected "Don't Make Me Think" just to confirm things I already knew. In fact, I learned from it. How to reduce the amount of text on a page, for example, and the value of doing so. I immediately used that knowledge to help my wife cut the text on... not a website, but a printed brochure she was creating.
Overall, I think this is a valuable book. It's a quick read. The advice in it is sound and well-explained. It will be read by many, many more people than will read most other Web and GUI design books. It will reduce the number of clueless Web-designers, and that is good.
My only concern is that many readers of "Don't Make Me Think" may be fooled into believing that this is all there is to it: just read this short book, and you too can be as good a web-designer as Steve Krug. Unfortunately, it ain't so.
For example, an easy-to-use e-commerce website requires not just well-designed pages, but also back-end services that were designed in a user-centered way. You can't slap a user-friendly front end onto a back-end that was designed with no thought to users and their tasks. Another example: Krug makes usability testing sound easy, but doesn't warn that: a) the videotape release and non-disclosure forms will have to be run by your lawyers, who will thwart your intent to make it "short and in plain English", and b) paying test-users in cash has IRS implications you may wish to avoid, so it's often better to "pay" in merchandise or gift-certificates.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must be on your bookshelf

This book must be the first book you turn to if you want to learn C++. It must be read from cover to cover. Then read some of the more advanced books like Effective C++.