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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
Excellent in its simplicity


This book should be on the desk of all web designers, amateur and professional. Jakob Nielsen is to the point and brief as he discusses (or critiques) websites and his thoughts on what makes a website pleasing yet functional. I gave this book 4 stars because much of the info in the book is available on his website. He doesn't write about anything new or something you couldn't look up at his site. The advantage of the book is that you're free to mark it up with your sticky notes and pen -- so you can implement what you learned into your site. While all may not agree with Nielsen's opinions about website design , he does have very valid points and the web would do well to heed some of his advice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exelent book, best flash book I have


Is sad that some advance users just to show off will give a bad rating to this book. First of all the authors explain like real doctors of education, with great patience and artistry, to explian every line of code. It does cover all the aspects of action script that will give you the edge to start using it efficeintlly. This expert developers dont take in account that most of the flash community is not experts like them, theres ha huge truckload of designers and animators who do not have any programming experience wich this book will give it to them. This book is call advance becuase thats a reallity most people who use flash dont know action script and very few as C++ or some languague experience. Also tutorials on internet are a good thing, but usually they are poorly explain, not troughfull so if you might get a tutorial on the enterframe event but is not a bit as good as the way this authors explian in this book. Is the most absurd thing to say that if you have take a tutorial on how to make a button you know all about this book, only is an eggocentric show off line. Most of webmasters outthere who also make sites and use flash, will consider this action script book advance, maybe you complaintng advance users should look for an expert book, not advance.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
very good primer for flash 5 --> flash mx


Makes transition from Flash 5 to new Flash version smooth! One of the first books I've seen that deals with Flash MX (Flash 6).I'm an intermediate level Flash developer and I found this book extremely helpful. The chapters are clearly laid out by content and easy to understand. The programming is advanced but well explained and accessible to non-experts with some Flash experience. Building applications step by step is one of its best features. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Flash programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Alpha and Omega of Video Game History


Don't bother looking around. Kent has everything you want to know. I read this book cover to cover and every time I put it down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. After you read about Nolan Bushnell creating Atari, you want to be Nolan Bushnell and I think this isn't because Bushnell is so great, but rather Kent makes you WISH you were him because what Kent writes about it so consuming. Buy this book. Don't shop around. Buy it now.