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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A useless book


If you're thinking of using Javascript for webpages, this book is useless. Even as a reference it's awkwardly arranged and obtuse. The author seems to consider Javascript more intresting as a computer language than as a tool for constructing webpages, and so the book is organized around the abstract structure of Javascript rather than (for example) the structure (document object model) of webpages. Want to create your own objects with Javascript? Use it as a general language? Maybe you would like this.
Do you build websites? There are a hundred books you will find more useful. (O'Reilly usually has a pretty high standard of quality, but the occassional hack job does sneak through -- especially when it's their only book on the subject).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Authors: Stephen Page
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for Beginners Only


It is a well written and organized book. However, as the title states, "Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures", it's about creating a new system not improving an existing system of policies and procedures. It goes through all the basic steps of establishing a new system (including several paragraphs on the selection of the type of binders to store the documents). For those who already have a system in place, only half the book is useful. It's good to see if you have all the basics covered.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Where's the beef


Pablum served up as science with no practical scenarios or examples to back up the author's theories. Sort of like reading Freud and wondering when we are going to get to Skinner.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Zak Ruvalcaba
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great starting point for ASP developers moving UP!


As an experienced developer with dozens of web sites developed in traditional ASP, I was delighted finally find a decent 'getting started' book for ASP.NET, VB.NET and C# that I could use myself, and share with my Microsoft-oriented students.
Anyone making the leap from ASP to .NET knows how difficult it is to find a resource that covers enough introductory information to get started, while still presenting more advanced and useful topics -- but this is the one!
Although this book won't make you an ASP.NET guru overnight (NO book can!) -- it will certainly get you far enough up the learning curve to start producing some useful and functional code which may be reused and enhanced later as you skills and competence grow.
This new release -- as for all other SitePoint books I've read -- has proven a pleasure to read, and a joy to use in the real world. Great work!