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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
What content there is is great - but very sparse.


This is a great book, extremely well put together and has a lot of great insights, but it's ridiculously limited, especially for a book of it's price. At only 200 well padded pages you can probably pick up the majority of the lessons in the book just by reading the customer reviews here, it is that short.
Krug spends most of the book covering only a few topics, navigation, home page design and user testing, but does so extremely clearly. If you're an experienced designer then nothing here is surprising, though the satisficing chapter is very interesting. (you can read that chapter online though as luck would have it)
I would probably advise against buying it, save your money and borrow it for a day from someone instead. However, the section on user testing is well done and might be worth the price of admission if you're planning on doing some and need someplace to start.
I hope Steve Krug puts out another book sharing more of his insights, I found them all very interesting and well presented, just terribly short.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling (Second Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Ecellent introduction


This book is written with clarity and conciseness, traits so often missing from computer books. This is the third book on Warehousing I have read, and is the first that makes sense of it. I recommend it highly if you are embarking on a warehousing project.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All you need for scjp


hello, if you are familiar with the basic principles of programming (eg for loop) this is the only book you will need to pass the 310-035 exam. with a little over two months of slack studying i passed the exam, first try. the accompanying cd has a good test to study from too. just read the chapters (only 9 of them) and do the end-chapter tests.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Every programmer should read this one.


This book, probably the oldest of the Tanenbaum tetralogy, is in my opinion, the finest. This can double up as a first course in Operating Systems as well as Computer Architecture/Organization. I wish our school had used this as the textbook for our first year CO class. The material covered is fundamental yet very readable. Coverage of microprogramming(including some good stuff about x86 Micro Architecture), virtual memory, instruction set design, RISC v CISC, multicomputers. The tenet of this book is that a computer can be viewed as a series of layered machines, with chapters describing each machine. Overall a great value for anybody who wants to have a better idea of what goes under computer systems, without too much pains.