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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robin Williams Design Workshop
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams, John Tollett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy it!

This book has been on my To-Buy list for sometime now and i was really glad to start using it. Robin explains everything that is important about web design. The Quizzes are really neat and the examples are real-world as can be. This is a must-buy for beginners and an excellent reference for experienced desktop publishers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Andrew B. King
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An ESSENTIAL Book for Any Serious Web Designer

Andy King, the guru behind WebReference.com and JavaScript.com, sent me a review copy of his new book "Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization" a few weeks ago, and it absolutely knocked my socks off.
If you aren't familiar with Web site optimization (WSO), it's a series of techniques that minimize Web page file sizes and maximize page display speeds. In other words, WSO is simple stuff you can do to the Web pages you create to make those pages load faster. After all, people HATE waiting for slow Web pages.
What King has done in "Speed Up Your Site" is not only assemble pretty much every WSO technique known to man, he's also collected the research and conducted the interviews explaining WHY these techniques actually work.
While the entire book is exceptional, the four chapters in "Part II - Optimizing Markup: HTML and XHTML" are absolutely worth their weight in gold. It is in these four chapters that King shows you, step-by-step, how to clean up HTML bloat; minimize HTTP requests; tighten up comma-delimited attributes; speed up table rendering; and much, much more. And the results will ASTOUND you.
For example, using the techniques in just these four chapters alone, I was able to make my NetSquirrel.com homepage 26.5% smaller and load 42.9% faster. Words can't describe how cool that is.
The four chapters in Part II of King's book are accessible to ANYONE who knows simple HTML. That's not quite true for the next five chapters. In "Part III - DHTML Optimization: CSS and JavaScript," King shows you how to optimize your CSS and speed up your JS download and execution speeds. Of course, if [like me] you don't know CSS or JS from a hole in the ground, these five chapters aren't going to be much help to you. CSS and JS aren't topics for the weak of heart, and optimization only makes those topics that much more complex. But, if you *DO* know CSS and JS, King offers step-by-step instructions and real-world examples that show you what you need to do to maximize your page display speeds.
Let me also put in a plug for Chapter 15 - Keyword Optimization. This chapter shows you how to fine tune your page's meta keywords so that you can attract both search engines and, more importantly, visitors. Every Web design book tells you that you need to use meta keywords. King actually shows you how to find the meta keywords that yield the highest results. Instead of paying someone else lots of money to attract visitors to your site, follow the 10 steps that King outlines in this chapter. You'll save yourself both time and, more importantly, LOTS of money.
As I said earlier, Andy King's "Speed Up Your Site" absolutely knocked my socks off. There are a squillion Web design books out there, but this one belongs on the bookshelf of every serious Web designer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Carol O'Rourke, Neal Fishman, Warren Selkow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Business Knowledge Manager

For four years I have been fighting an up hill battle to get my senior management to understand the need for a good knowledge management system. The Executives have all the standard answers about why we can't do it. The CEO could see no immediate payback.I read the book, was taken completely by surprise by its content and depth. I managed to get the CEO to commit to read just the first three chapters. He read the whole book, in four days.I have been given a fairly liberal budget to put the Framework in place. This is amazing in the health care industry.What the book accomplishes, in great depth and much proof, is why enterprise architecture has become a matter of corporate survival. The author uses the lessons of history to make the points and further emphasizes how we see major corporations present themselves through the eyes of the framework.An must read for you and your bosses to make the case for enterprise architecture.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Terrific Tutorial

I am (or can I now say was?) a complete novice at Photoshop. At most I had dabbled with the filters, but was so intimidated by the arcane menu items that I never really even dared to explore much. Mr. McClelland's book is tailor-made for people like me: the included CD-ROM provides a visual overview for each chapter, then the book does a remarkable job of leading you, step by careful step, through every process. I just spent a weekend going through the first three chapters, and even without having finished the whole book yet I feel perfectly confident about awarding this five stars.