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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Examples+ Learning-


If you want to just copy code from the book and paste it on your websites, this is the book for you. In which case, you may as well download JavaScripts from some website. It does have line-by-line explanations for the scripts, but the explanations are not that great. it's not organized in the best manner, either. I never understood loops reading this book until I started learning Perl and used a book that explained it. Then I understood how to use them in JavaScript. If you want to actually learn to code, rather that just copy code, I'd suggest a different book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Visibility
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Shari Thurow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for Webmasters


This is an outstanding book! Very well written and very much based in reality. Shari Thurow really gives excellent advice on dealing with everything from Flash and CSS to directory submissions, and re-submissions. If you are looking for a book to help you with your search engine results, you need this book + Search Engine Optimization by Fredrick Marckini. The adivce you get from these books will have a significant effect on your search engine rankings.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Elaine Svenonius
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Heavy going, but worth the effort


I think that a lot of people who work in information technology tend to think that the problems that we have with things like web-based search and retrieval are unique to Internet search engines and catalogue databases. I know that I've been working in the field while lacking an adequate sense of the historical basis of information organization.
Svenonius breaks information organization down into ideology (purposes and principles), the formalization of the processes involved in information organization, knowledge based on research, and key problems that need to be solved. It's information that's very useful for anybody who is involved with organization of information-- even for people like me who work more on the technical than conceptual side of content management systems.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
fantastic accelaration


I've not finished reading the book, yet, but I can't help singing praise of it. The book starts with a "Hello, World" program, but very quickly ventures into the depth of the C++ language and applications of its standard library. It's a quick and easy read for the first few chapters, but one has to slow down a little bit starting around chapters 6 and 7. The examples given and explained in the book are sophisticated, very well structured, masterfully done, and thus of great practical value; one should be able to use and expand those ideas in his professional projects. I'm extremely happy that I bought this book.