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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Interface Design for Programmers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Entertaining Look at Basics of UI Design


The strength of this book is that it's one you'll read. With its light style, an abundance of colorful illustrations, and plenty of white space, it can easily be read in a single sitting. It makes quite a few good points, and does so with the help of excellent visual examples.
On the other hand, the scope of the book is so broad that its applicability to a specific environment or task will be limited. Unless you're developing an entire operating system, your choices in designing a user interface are constrained by the environment you're working in. Web developers don't have the same choices as Windows developers, who are in a different world from text-based programmers. If the book focused on a single environment it might have been as useful as it is entertaining.
This is a good starting point for application developers, but you'll need something more specific if you want much practical guidance.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
There must be something better out there


An excellent guide to CSS-1 that's starting to show its age. Browsers covered go as far as IE5.5 and NN6.0, but it can almost be taken for granted that newer variations do a better job.
For what it is, this book is invaluable. Support charts tell you what works and what doesn't, example code is enough to fill in questions about syntax, and the book is designed to make each CSS property easy to find with a quick flipping through the pages.
Meyer knows his CSS. Make sure you have this book on your desk.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kip R. Irvine
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book indeed!


I bought this book because I liked the fact that this is the most updated assembly language book for Intel-based computer in the market and the enclosed MASM 6.11 is a nice addition. I have read the book half way through and found this book is pretty good! The author, Kip Irvine is very responsive when I sent him an e-mail regarding advanced assembly language books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop CS Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Deke McClelland, Deke McClelland
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Hold on a minute


I just had a quick look at my just arrived copy of "PhotoshopCS Bible" and I've gotto say that I'm disappointed.
It IS the Photoshop "CS" Bible and the single and most important changebetween CS and Photoshop 7 is the Camera RAW converter. Well don't expectmuch from this thousand page book if you are looking for Camera RAWinformation.
The author Deke McClelland, starts off the skimpy Camera RAW section - and ittakes until page 942 to get there - with a disclaimer that "The Camera RAWdialog box is a professional-level tool, which is why I cover it in obsessive detailin the Photoshop CS Bible, Professional Edition."
How nice. It's a 1000+ page book, but it isn't "professional", and being apeasant, I don't get the benefit of the "obsessive detail" that I thought I wasbuying. He does cover "the basic stuff" but that "ain't what I paid for".
What this book seems to be, is a cheap and dirty revision to McClelland's Photoshop 7 "Bible", and that's why I'm sending my copy back. If whatMcClelland says is true, I'll just wait for someone to write a book specifically onCamera RAW, and it won't be him.
Now the rest of the book may be great. But if you have a previous edition you'dbe well served to save your money.