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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: David Elderbrock, David Karlins
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Two stars for the quickstart, the only thing of value


A bloated piece of junk.
If you want crossbrowser compatability, don't buy FrontPage. p. 462 "The bottom line on DHTML effects: they only work with Microsoft's browser. TIP: The DHTML effects are controlled by an included JavaScript file called animate.js. You can also edit this file to deal with the Netscape browser."
Isn't that why I bought the *(*$&$#* book! GIVE ME SOMETHING I CAN ACTUALLY USE!
If you want ASP, don't look here either. Chapter 18 refers you to "a later chapter", chapter 21 refers you back to 18 and "a later chapter" that I couldn't find, I think I was just too annoyed to search.
I am so disappointed with this book (and the limitations Micro$oft imposed on FrontPage) that I'll probably dump FrontPage altogether and get DreamWeaver instead.



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
Only book needed for programmer exam


Excellent book for the programmer exam. Presentation is very casual and neat that you won't get bored of reading. This is the only book I used and achieved a very good score too. Drills and exercise questions at the end of each chapter is also a highlight. Also the real exam's difficulty is comparable to this book's mock exams. Definitely I would recommend this book to anybody seeking a programmer certification. Also I won't miss other books from these authors.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
will help me teach


I bought this book because I may be teaching a course in web design in a high school this fall. I want to cover HTML, web graphics, CSS, and JavaScript.
Niederst covers HTML and graphics in depth. With HTML, she teaches how to create a page, how to format text, how to insert graphics, how to create links, etc. The graphics section may be the strongest in the whole book. It is exactly what I was looking for as a resource to explain how graphics are edited for the Web. CSS and JavaScript get only passing attention, but that is probably to be expected.
There are a few "modern" tricks that are missing from the book. There is no discussion of the .PNG standard for web graphics. There is no discussion of the "link title" tag, which can create a rollover effect with just an HTML tag.
Niederst also spends some time on the basics of obtaining server space and putting files onto a server. I think that this is very important, because this can be the most confusing part about getting started in Web design, and other books generally omit it.
I can give this book my strongest recommendation to other teachers of web design courses. I am sure that I will refer back to it constantly.
For students, I'm afraid that it might be too broad, and for beginners my guess is that it would be too overwhelming. For example, on p.10-11 in discussing what software you need to buy, Niederst lists 3 web authoring tools, 2 text editors, and 5 graphics tools. Nowhere does she make it clear that you do not need all 10! As an experienced web designer, I know that it would be silly to work with Dreamweaver(tm) and Frontpage(tm) at the same time. But that may not be obvious to a beginner. Nor would it be obvious that if you choose an authoring tool you would not use a text editor.
This breadth of information runs throughout the book. I would think that a beginner would be better off starting with a shorter book that teaches a single approach to page construction, rather than a book that tries to cover multiple approaches at once.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Reporting Services in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Teo Lachev
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only Reporting Services book you will need!


This book was great for giving me a better understanding of the workings of Reporting Services. I do have one other book on RS but it did little to get me beyond the hands-on labs I'd already been through. This book takes you to the next level (and beyond) to really tap into the flexibility of RS and how to get it to do what you want. It does have a developer slant to it, but I am not a developer and was able to stay with it. It reviews the anatomy of a report and takes you through sample reports, building from simple reports to more complex ones that resemble more of what you'd find in the real world. It even talks about creating external assemblies and invoking that code from RS. It also addresses report management, security, OLAP, and performance considerations.

This book also tells you what cannot be done with RS (in this version, anyway) potentially saving me alot of time and effort in trying! I highly recommend this book I don't think I'll need another RS book until the next version comes out. Hopefully, this author will produce an updated version at that time.