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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Exam takers beware!!!

This is, by far, the worst preparation book I have used. The exercises in the book are misleading, and oftentimes wrong causing the reader to be lost and having to look for answers on their own. I defintely would not recommend this book to anyone much less a newbie trying to obtain their 2003 certification. I unfortunately bought this book in the Core Exam pack, so the jungle of certification will probably not end once I pass this exam and move on to the others. If I were to give a word of advice to the authors, it would be to please go over your material again. Readers who bought this book would be better off not to use any of the exercises that are in here. I feel terrible giving this book a rating of 1 star. That is too much praise for a book that is so terribly written.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference

I'm not sure whether to advise this as a good "first" book for people looking to learn mark-up for the web, since it was not mine. However, having already learned the absolute basics about HTML, tables, frames, etc., and a small bit of XML, I found the book of considerable value.
Lighter on examples to make room for intelligent discussion of web design, the book has already set me straight on some of the many "bad" habits I have picked up, and proved a painless and rapid transition to XHTML. Much of the focus is on understanding why it's good design to do something a certain way, and the reader is alerted to soon-to-be-deprecated tags and attributes, as well as good discussion of the newer ways of doing things.
I honestly believe that if you have never used HTML before, with this book and the ability to search the web for its many tutorials on HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, etc., a newbie could rapidly begin designing web pages effectively. Although there is a clearly logical progression through the book, each chapter stands on its own, such that it is quite possible to jump straight to one of the last subjects in the book and begin targeting the area of your choice.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Color Index: Over 1100 Color Combinations, CMYK and RGB Formulas, for Print and Web Media
Publisher: How Design Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for designers of all levels & a well-built book too.

I have more reference books on design than, well... more than I care to count. These include a number on color - but most guides are really fixated on Pantone - which is odd considering that 4-color work is more common.
This book is always by my side. Its schemes are fantastic in cmyk, rbg and websafe. Its categories are much better than most of the color guides I've seen (and bought).
What's more - its size and sturdy plastic covers are great - and unlike almost every other design reference book I own - THE BINDING IS SEWN - so THE PAGES WON'T FALL OUT. There is nothing more infuriating than a good reference that falls apart before it even gets a good try. Everyone else who reviewed this book mentioned its many other fine points. But I have to add this one, particularly after the glue on one of my Robin William's books melted on a first read. This BOOK IS VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE. Worth every penny!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Authors: Stephen Page
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book for a Process ImprovementTeam!

When I read this book, I was so impressed with its simplicity. The author is so practical and clear. I was thrilled to have found something so concise and clear and so reasonably priced compared to other books out there. I also look at the sales rank.
I was so impressed with this book that I bought another 20 for my process improvement Team. We read the book together and applied its principles. I like it when an author takes a stand on issues instead of giving me many chances.
Dr. Henry Tobin Director of Process Improvement