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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metadata Solutions: Using Metamodels, Repositories, XML, and Enterprise Portals to Generate Information on Demand
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Adrienne Tannenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Metadata Solutions: Practical Knowledge at Last

This book is probably the only one that handles the metadata process from start to finish.It begins by describing what we all did wrong (and I was one of them!) and then takes us through a corrective process. Requirements gathering metamodeling, architecture, how to decide which way to implement, organizational support set-up, and even how to maintain the solution. The thing that amazed me the most about this book was the fact that actual examples are shown, including real code. If you are interested in metadata, or if you actually have to deal with it, I strongly recommend this book. It is the best on the market!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Applicable, User easy, ect...

I especially like how the book itself helps you, ahuum, use it, the book. Yes. There are nice little pointers and help points that made the difference. It is hightly annotated and directs the reader. The system is much easier with the book, and useful for even the largest of enterprises and then again the family. But like any program this book does let you know about hidden features, and that is the point, there are a great deal of features in XP you wont be able to find without this book. I read Karl Mark Maddox Book SB 1 or God, the first super computer or God, a part which states these same programs are soon to lead to total analog systems, wouldn't that be nice! But dont get me wrong SB 1 or God is fiction,,, I think.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robot Building for Beginners
Publisher: Apress
Authors: David Cook
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have!

This is a terrific book. I read it as it was novel. It is written in such way that you can start from the first and go to the last page without being bored once. It is also beautifully divided so you can use it as a reference book.
David Cook did a great job while writing Robot Building for Beginners. It is perfect for an initiation to the robot building. I've read other interesting books but this one has something special: everything is entirely covered for a single project. Other books tend to present a lot of projects but can't seem to concentrate on giving complete information. Robot Building for Beginners does provide all the information you need. Each time I was wondering "well, how about that?", David Cook was answering my question the next paragraph.
There is a great amount of work in "what will a first-timer would be willing to learn after that". If you don't know anything or are willing to refresh your mind on electronics, the book is perfect. David Cook helps us getting to choose the right part, understanding what they do, how to correctly assemble the whole thing and so on. I just finish reading it and I'm ready to build my first robot knowing how to avoid the common pitfalls and how to keep my first project simple, but complete and working.
It's a perfect gift for someone who wants to build his/her first robot. Thanks to David Cook.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Highly recommended reading for any web developer

This book will quickly give you the information you need to design a web site well. It is part of a two book series with this one focussing on the "how" and the next one on the "why". Sure, Nielsen mentions the results of research and user tests throughout the book, but doesn't dwell on it. This information is just used as supporting evidence for his design points.
It is fair to say that the material in this book is common sense. While you read it, everything Nielsen says makes perfect sense, but look around the web a bit and you'll find many sites that violate these basic principles. Other books make the same points, but I haven't come across any that do it as well as this one -- by backing the points up with research and several examples. If you are looking for one web usability book to buy, this is it.
Some reviews clearly feel the other way, but I think the book itself is a case study in usability. The layout of each page is create and the screenshots are very clear and well captioned.