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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Firefox Hacks (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Nigel McFarlane
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Learn to be a Power user from the experts


A quick google of the authors name will turn up hundreds of links to
articles and interviews on the subject of Mozilla and related
technologies. Nigel is also the author of several other books
including, "Rapid Application Development with Mozilla", which is part
of the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series.

Overview

This is the latest book in the O'Reilly Hacks Series, and was
published in March of 2005. Browsing the Internet has changed
dramatically from it's early days of simple HTML. The browser has
become an increasingly important and complex tool. Firefox Hacks is
an excellent resource to help understand how to take full advantage of
this increasingly popular browser.

Intended Audience

The first four chapters are focused on the use of Firefox, and are
good for any Firefox user from novice to more advanced. The last five
chapters include increasingly advanced topics focused on Firefox
programming, and make a good introduction for programmers who are new
to these technologies and think they might be interested in writing an
extension or application.

Highlights

Firefox has made a lot of publicity for it's security, and hacks 11-21
explain security issues and how to configure Firefox to provide the
safest browsing experience.

Ever since Mozilla was split in two. The ability to open URLs in email
messages read in Thunderbird using Firefox has required a relatively
unknown customization (See Hack 40).

There are numerous Internet sources of information about how to
synchronize Firefox profiles between two computers. Hack 31 explains
how to "Take Firefox with you", which includes several strategies to
accomplish the task.

Rough Spots

The novice Firefox user may only be interested in the first half of
the book, but it may still be worth the price for all valuable tips
provided.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very well written and presented


If you want to learn JavaScript, this is a great place to start and finish. I liked this much better than Danny Goodman's "Bible".



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A Practitioner's Guide to Software Test Design
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Lee Copeland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Demystifying Even the Hardest Test Design Techniques


I agree with everything that Johanna wrote in her review, but I'd like to add one more point.
Orthogonal arrays and domain testing are two very challenging topics. They are also essential test design techniques.
As important as these topics are, few books or articles present the concepts in an understandable way. Up until now, the tester had to struggle through some arcane, mystifying ideas before coming to the essence: How to use them for testing.
Lee's presentation skips the arcane and the mystical. He takes you straight to the core of the idea. After a few short pages, you will understand both of these concepts, even if you've read other authors' presentations and come away confused. More importantly, you'll understand how to use these techniques to design effective and efficient tests.
Bravo, Lee, and thank you for demystifying these concepts for the rest of us.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Paul Jensen, Paul Bertucci
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best


I have read around 12 SQL books. If there is a highly rated SQL book, I probably read it. Along with "Microsoft SQL Server Performance Tuning and Optmization", this book is the best there is. This would be the book I will take with me if I had ended up in some isolated island with a SQL Server I had to manage. If you are some GUI button pushing SQL monkey, get this book fast and master its contents, only then you will become a real SQL DBA. One note, I also highly recommend "Inside SQL Server 2000" from Microsoft. But that book is not quite as comprehensive as this one.