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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
One of the worst books I've ever read


The title of this book should be "Redesigning with web standards": it only tells how to reimplement existing web pages.No graphical design is done in the book: the design comes from existing pages. Only implementation (writing HTML and CSS) is covered.
This book spents a lot of text on describing why the old ways of building webpages are no longer good enough. Over and over again you read stuff like:
"During our industry's firs decade, designing for the web was like feeding a roomful of finicky toddlers. To build sites that worked, we dutifully learned to accomodate each browser's unique dietary requirements. Today's browsers all eat the same nutritious stuff, but many professionals haven't grasped this and are still crumbling M&Ms into the souffle."
If Zeldman had told us this only once, the book could have been 20% thinner, and less tiresome to read. And he could have covered stuff that was really needed.
Lots of workarounds to make old browsers happy. But very little on the basis/structure of how things are done the modern way.
The chapter on XML is out of place; this book isn't about XML.
The coverage of CSS is insufficient: only some syntax and just a little about precedence rules is described.
Text in general is imprecise, vague, and leaves you with lots of questions.
The fact that Eric Meyer is a technical reviewer for this book makes you think: maybe Eric Meyer is not such a genius when it comes to book writing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As good as it gets


Thank you, John Kauffman! Finally -- a tech book written by someone who understands and respects the learning process and therefore the student's time -- instead of that tired, arrogant ode to "How cryptic can I be while showing how smart I am?" This book is a steal -- from the lucid writing to the clean layout to the painstaking editing -- worth every penny and then some. The "how it works" explanations are priceless; and the Common Errors alerts and Summary sections save tons of time. Very practical, very Real World, very refreshing.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best C++ REFERENCE manual


I use this book every day. If you need an in depth manual of the C++ programing language buy this book. If you are a beginner, then FORGET it; this book will lose you in 60 seconds.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What a Find!!!!


No bull, no hype, just "How To." I received the book on a Monday, and passed my exam Wednesday of the follwing week with a score that I was really proud of. It was the only book I used to prepare. I can't wait to try the "Dummies" series as I work towards that MSCE.