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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Defensive Design for the Web : How to improve error messages, help, forms, and other crisis points (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: 37signals, Matthew Linderman, Jason Fried
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
All The Rules Everyone Knows But Never Follows

If you are an experienced web designer, you've probably heard most of this before. You'll find as you go through this book that you are continually reminded of things you may not use daily, but you subconsciously know are right. It's a good way to take an objective look at your approach to usability, especially for errors and help; and a good pep talk for those of us who get too busy to pay attention to the basics.
If you're more of a beginner, this book should be required reading. It covers lots of good info in a very easy to understand way.
This book does not delve into technical details, only usability principles and ideas. It's a short, easy read and will inspire you to create more usable websites.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good for Beginners and Experts

I've been using Photoshop for years and I was still saying "I wish I had known that" as I read this excellent book.

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: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Look elsewhere

Poorly written and way out of context. My advice to anyone wishing to learn the real ins and outs of 2003 server would be to buy Mark Minasi's book - he offers much better advice geared towards the real world and his chapter on DNS is far superior to the drivel written in this publication.I particuarly dislike the monotonous tone that so often is the down fall of Microsoft publications. On the upside - this book is given it's blessing by *Microsoft* - so it must have something going for it. The section on Group Policy is not bad.However - just go to Borders and compare the difference - Minasi's book on 2003 server is *the* bible to have with regards to decent technical writing and explanantions of real world situatios with regards to 2003 server.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well Rounded Book

This is a good book on many different aspects of SQL Server. It covers the basics of Creating Databases, Tables, Stored Procedures, Triggers, etc. It also talks a little about administration. It touches enough on every area to get you up and running with SQL Server 2000. This book is a sufficient resource for 80% of the developers out there who are also DBAs.