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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not so hot anymore.

Well, several years ago it was hip. Now it's not. Things in the web development business have changed and even Mr. Nielsen knows it. Those of you, who have recently read IT stories know, that he's now consulting Macromedia about Flash...
Web design has finally ticked into its mature age and fanatic readings like the green thing above are no longer fashionable.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

With 910 pages, Dr. Stroustrup has a lot to teach about C++. It is difficult to justify calling oneself a C++ programmer without having gone through this essential tutelage from the C++ creator. If I were to recommend only one single C++ source to serve both as a tutorial and a reference, this is the only one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Woth the price for XML coverage alone

I haven't even made it all the way through the book, but feel confident giving this book 5 stars just on the strength of the XML coverage. Henderson does an excellent job of taking a simple HTML page and stepping through how you would logically turn it into an XML document, including DTDs, XML Schemas, XSLT and more. Before I bought this book, I had no idea of the relation of all of those separate files, but it's all clear now.
He also goes into great detail about the FOR XML clause, and the different options available. The section about using a universal table with FOR XML EXPLICIT to create complex XML documents is great.
Beyond XML, the topics are all great -- arrays, unoducmented procedures, functions and tasks, tips on programming style and efficiency, ...the list goes on.
All the while the writing style is very personal and to the point. He doesn't waste space with a ton of screen shots or overly-long result sets.
Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Executive's Guide to Information Technology
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jon Piot, John Baschab
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A well written practical handbook

I personally learned a million from reading and enjoying a well written practical handbook, I recommend all IT folks to keep a copy of the "The Executive Guide To IT" book handy in their workplaces as it covers the major areas that any IT, IT business partner and senior management personnel.