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121. The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Panther Edition
by Robin Williams
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Asin: 0321232968
Catlog: Book (2004-03-23)
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Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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The latest Mac OS user guide from respected Mac expert Robin Williams (and co-author John Tollett, this time) is what readers have come to expect: Comprehensive, carefully illustrated, and patient in its explanations of what most novice and intermediate-level users want to do with their computers at home or in a small office. Trust The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book: Panther Edition to show you how to get switched on, hooked up, and happily generating nicely formatted documents full of useful prose, pictures, and calculations. The book will show you how to share your computer among several people, offer an Internet connection or printer to other machines, and add new software to your configuration.

Williams and Tollett explain everything in highly-illustrated detail, a format that's appropriate for the eminently graphical Mac OS environment. A series of screen shots accompanies a typical procedure, and black ovals superimposed on the screen shots indicate the particular interface element (button, list box, or whatever) that the text refers to. It's a good approach, and the instructions are easy to follow.

This is clearly not a guide for power users. Coverage of Darwin, the user-accessible Unix-like core of Mac OS X, is woeful--there's hardly any coverage at all. A few network-related utility commands are mentioned, but that's about it. The coverage is hardly adequate, considering that Darwin appears to be doing more to bring in new Mac users than any other aspect of the operating system. --David Wall

Topics covered: The complete capabilities of Mac OS X Panther, with the significant exception of the Darwin command-line environment. This is a beginner's guide, with sections on basic file management and mouse usage in addition to more advanced subjects like network setup and printer sharing. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Annoying Guide
I am new to Macs, and rusty with computers. I needed a good basic book, but even I found this book baby talks way too much. As I work through it, I'm finding it to be very annoying that there are endless instructions to go to another page for continued information. She has me flitting around from beginning to back to middle to beginning, etc. With writing like that, of course there is going to be constant repetition of information. Besides putting you to sleep, it makes you wonder if you've already read that section. You'd need a map and a highlighter to know. I don't have time for this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless paperweight of a Book
I remember a critic once said of a John Updike book, "One, don't buy this book. And two, if you do buy it, don't drop it on your foot." Though Robin Williams gigantic OS X book is quite large, and the table of contents goes on for more than a dozen pages, there seems to be a stunning lack of information. For example, I spent 45 minutes leafing through the book, trying to find out how to restart my Mac without loading any of the startup items. In case you're wondering how, you simply hold down the "shift button," but try as you may, you will not find that very simple --but possibly vital-- bit of information in this book. Strangely enough, you will find sections on how to "shift-click" (as though the phrase "shift-click" is not enough instruction), a section on "When to Use the Return key", and a section called "What your Fonts look like." Now, maybe I missed the whole point. Maybe you are the sort of person who has never ever seen a Macintosh computer before, maybe this will help you. But if you are looking for a book full of nuts and bolts info on how to use your system more fully, this is not the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Correction to review
I'm the reviewer who wrote the first review of this book listed above and my review contains an error: Scott Kelby's group is the National Association of Photoshop PROFESSIONALS (not USERS as I wrote in the review). The association is indeed dedicated to Photoshop professionals. I don't know where "USERS" came from -- Sorry Scott.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Robin Williams book
If you remember the golden age of Macs, when a IIci was the hottest thing on the planet, you'll undoubtedly remember Robin Williams' early books on Pagemaker and the Mac. They were trend-setting, and best-selling, books with a user-friendly layout and design, written in a conversational tone that made the geekiest topics easily digested and learned.
Happily, Robin is still at it, and this latest effort was worth waiting for -- her (nearly) complete guide to OS 10.3.3 Panther. With her partner, John Tollett, she has delivered more than 700 pages of clean, crisp instruction on this latest Mac OS. As a noted design professional, she brings a practiced eye to the niceties of Panther, and the book is as helpful for an experienced artist like myself as it will be to a newcomer. Much Macintosh water has flowed under the bridge since her early books (my-oh-my just look at how daughter Scarlett and son Ryan have grown up!!), and what used to be a small field of professional computer writers has exploded -- but Robin is still #1 in my book for her book! I highly recommend any and all of her books on design, Macs, fonts, web design, etc. They are the best. This volume should be a freebie with every Panther OS sold -- it's the missing manual we have all longed for (take note Amazon!).
The only shortcoming is that she has apparently fallen victim to the raging disease that nearly every other computer book author has given into -- the "I'm going to leave out some juicy sections of the book and resell them in the guise of a different book -- so run right out and buy my book on ...." disease. Robin leaves out some of the more colorful apps included with Panther with the explanation that "this book is big enough as it is, so I've put together a separate volume on these topics." Sure. At 736 pages, this book could have easily stood a few extra pages to get you into iPhoto, etc. without breaking the bank (or your back). Even though complete coverage of the missing apps does indeed require a full volume, a complete guide should be just that -- complete, even if abreviated.
Seems like every computer author now loads up each of their books and magazine articles with references to his or her other publications currently for sale -- the king of 'em all is Scott Kelby, who has created a virtual empire (pun intended) with the National Association of Photoshop Users and Mac Design Magazine -- both of which contain an overdose of self promotion and advertising for their stable of writers and conference speakers. Enough already. (Despite my reservations about the incessant hypermarketing, all of Kelby's enterprises are always first class efforts and very worthwhile for professionals, although pricey.)
My only other criticism of Robin's book is the Keychain section -- but my critique is probably aimed more at Apple's app than her explanation. Try as I might, I could not totally unravel the depths of all of the mysteries of Keychain by using only her book -- much of it simply gets bogged down in lingo. But that's small potatoes compared to the breadth of the rest of the book.
This is the one book to get with Panther -- the definitive Panther book for a beginner or intermediate Mac user -- it's been well worth the wait and is well worth the money.
Now I can't wait for her tome on OS 10.4 (Aardvark?). ... Read more

122. DOS for Dummies
by DanGookin
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-19)
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Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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The book that changed the way computer books are written and marketed has come out in a third edition. By and large, it's the same as the previous edition (advances in MS-DOS have not been numerous), but there is some new information here. Further, DOS for Dummies remains an entertaining book and if you use DOS, it's the book you want to assist you.

The basic idea of this book is that you can identify a problem you're having with your computer, ranging from how to turn the thing on to how to back up only the files that have changed since the last backup. You can then turn to the relevant section--the table of contents is very detailed--read a few pages, carry out some procedure, and move on to the next problem. You'll find sections on hardware, file management, text editing, and software installation. Later chapters deal with troubleshooting.

The newest material in this release of DOS for Dummies deals with DOS 6.22 and the DOS-like shell that you can use under Windows 95 and Windows 98. For users of the latest versions of Windows, Gookin demonstrates some relevant procedures. But most of the coverage deals with DOS itself and programs that are designed to run under DOS. There's even stuff about WordStar here (it's a little-known fact of history that the Rosetta stone was written with WordStar).

DOS for Dummies is funny, too, in a wry sort of way. What kind of joke is appropriate to a section about parallel ports, anyway? The author manages to infuse practically every passage with humor. Other computer books should make an effort to take themselves less seriously. The verdict: if you're using DOS--and more of you are than the Windows people would have us believe--this book will provide you with valuable help. --David Wall ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This book explained about DOS, and Campared it with Windows
I thought that the book was an excellent book. It easily told you what DOS is doing, and why it is not as good as MS Windows. The book also gave the difference between the different DOSes there are. There is not much to say about this book , only that it is a great book. I have to say, DOS is very annyoing and slow, and the book really pushed that. That is why I am giving this book a 4

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners...
This book was great, but it needed to have more advanced stuff. Heck, I already knew about 68% of the book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Dos For Children
This book has little or no real content. It looks good on the surface but there is nothing underneath.

In the interest of system safety the author has left out so much information it leaves the book essentially useless. Worse, it gives the impression that some of the things you may need to do can't be done.

This book may be okay for teaching children a limited use of dos but anyone that has any judgement at all needs more information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book, but pertains more toward the Prehistoric Age
like I said, good book, but a bit outdated. The author talks about 50 MByte disk drives as being huge and about 5 inch floppy disks. This is like reading Aristotle's physics instead of Newton's. If you use DOS it will help you of course, but ignore most of the talk about hardware. Covers DOS commands very well. Contains interesting trivia about computers too (the life span of a hard drive is about 4 years, unless this is outdated too). To conclude, if you use DOS, it will suite you. Even better seem to be the DOS reference book for Dummies.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, bad for everyone else
This book is a good book for becoming familiar with the DOS operating system and all the commands, but it lacked any information that would be helpful to people who want to become intermidiate-advanced users. For example, the author refuses to tell you anything about BATCH files, which really annoyed me. There are over 10 commands that had to do with BATCH files that there was only the most basic information about, and the book said that if you wanted to write a BATCH file executing a program with another name (doom.exe instead of doom2.exe, for example) then ask a friend to do it. What kind of advice is that for a book about DOS? ... Read more

123. Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
by Marty Hall, Larry Brown
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-24)
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Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book that covers multiple web topics.
CWP covers many important aspects of web development including HTML, CGI, Java, JDBC, and JavaScript. This book was not only easy to read while conveying the fundamentals of web programming, it was ENJOYABLE!

HTML, forms processing, and CGI scripting are covered in detail. Anyone from novice to web expert will find these chapters an excellent learning tool and reference.

Java makes up the majority of the book with many tested examples (which can be "borrowed") that illustrate practical uses of the covered topic. What was especially valuable were the sections on threading, sockets, double buffering, cgi parsing, and the AWT. All the classes in this book are well designed with reuse as a top priority. Not only do you learn important Java topics, you get a grounding in good programming practices.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent overall web programming book.
Have you ever developed a web page on a particular browser only to find when viewed on another browswer you get a javascript error? This book not only helps you avoid these problems but also explains the differences (compatability issues) between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator(communicator) all through the book. Overall the book contains everything you need to write a web based application. Everything is here from HTML, CGI, Java and Javascript along with a CD containing source code and examples. Why bother buying 4 books when this book has a good deal of information on all four topics described. I am studing an MSc in Computers and have purchased 12 books during my study, this book has been the one I keep coming back to when I need help. Buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Superceded by better books
Agreed that Marty Hall knows how to write and produces great books. Knowing this, I can heartily recommend his more recent "More Servlets and JSPs" as it provides more relevant up to date information. For the Java side of things, this offers the most bang for your buck.

When this book first came out, it was attempting to cover the gamut of web development technology, and tried to go from CGI up through JSPs and the coverage was ultimately spotty. For a more focused approach to servlets and JSPs, read Hall's later books. For a better historical perspective on the evolution of web programming, look at "Web Application Architecture - Principles, Protocols and Practices" by Leon Shklar and Richard Rosen.

2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated, unfriendly
I would be the first person to say that Marty Hall is a gifted writer. His books on Servlets and JSP are my favorite computer books, but this book is far from great. The style is cold, the material delivered too fast with too little explanations and all in all, the attempt to cover everything in one fell swoop fails. I was using the book in a class that tried to cover the material the book does, and as a learning resource it is way too shallow for thorough knowledge, more as an 'In a Nutshell' style instead.
If you want a good Javascript book, get 'Practical JavaScript for the Usable Web'; if you want a good Java book, well, look someplace else.
Spare yourself a book you will not enjoy reading (and get Marty Hall's 'Core Servlets' instead!).

4-0 out of 5 stars A standard
This was used in an MBA-level course on "Development of Web-Based Applications." The course centered on the management of application development, and the actual web-development component of the course was pretty light. However, I've used this book as a resource before and if you use Java this is a must-have. ... Read more

124. eBay Photos That Sell: Taking Great Product Shots For Ebay And Beyond
by Dan Gookin, Robert Birnbach
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-29)
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Successful online sellers know that a product photo can make or break a sale. But taking a good product shot is not easy. With eBay Photos That Sell, anyone who wants to make money online can learn to take the kind of photos that attract customers and increase profits -- without spending a fortune on equipment. This must-have book features: professional secrets for taking great photos of everything from jewelry to cars; tips for using Photoshop Elements to enhance photos; an entertaining approach that makes even the advanced techniques easy to absorb; and page after page of inspiring full-color photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great new book on photography
I stumbled across this book by chance when I was looking for books on photography and what a gem it is!I love the layout and the photographs that are
used as examples.The text is not only easy to read and understand, but it's funny as well.I found myself laughing while reading it and I'm now eager to put my new knowledge to work! ... Read more

125. Aspect-Oriented Software Development with Use Cases (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
by Ivar Jacobson, Pan-Wei Ng
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126. Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
by Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-21)
Publisher: O'Reilly
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Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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The world's most business-critical transactions run on Unix machines, which means the machines running those transactions attract evildoers. Furthermore, a lot of those machines have Internet connections, which means it's always possible that some nefarious remote user will find a way in. The third edition of Practical Unix & Internet Security contains--to an even greater extent than its favorably reputed ancestors--an enormous amount of accumulated wisdom about how to protect Internet-connected Unix machines from intrusion and other forms of attack. This book is fat with practical advice on specific defensive measures (to defeat known attacks) and generally wise policies (to head off as-yet-undiscovered ones).

The authors' approach to Unix security is holistic and clever; they devote as much space to security philosophy as to advice about closing TCP ports and disabling unnecessary services. They also recognize that lots of Unix machines are development platforms, and make many recommendations to consider as you design software. It's rare that you read a page in this carefully compiled book that does not impart some obscure nugget of knowledge, or remind you to implement some important policy. Plus, the authors have a style that reminds their readers that computing is supposed to be about intellectual exercise and fun, an attitude that's absent from too much of the information technology industry lately. Read this book if you use any flavor of Unix in any mission-critical situation. --David Wall

Topics covered: Security risks (and ways to limit them) under Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD. Coverage ranges from responsible system administration (including selection of usernames and logins) to intrusion detection, break-in forensics, and log analysis. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Little old but still a valuable classic
Practical UNIX and Internet Security by Garfinkel and Spafford is a fundamental work on the subject. The authors not only are widely respected professionals in the field, but good writers as well (or is this O'Reilly's editors? :-). Anyway, this book despite its size is readable, still has lots of information, and comes highly recommended. As one of the other reviewers of this book has written, the details of systems and software may change, but the underlying security and good management practices will not. The reason I give it 4 out of 5 stars is because it is published a while ago.
Edgar Danielyan CCNP(Security) ISA

4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended with reservations for students & hobbyists only
Somewhat outdated -- two years old in a very dynamic field, Rootkit is not even mentioned, Bugtraq mentioned only in supplement, etc. Far from being practical and can be used only as an introductory text in Unix security. Not recommended for Internet security (superficial and incomplete). Good style --  Simson Garfinkel of The UNIX-Haters Handbook fame  is a really talented journalist (but now only a journalist, see his interview with  The main problem with the book is that instead of relying on tools as any Unix author should, the authors use a cookbook/reference approach giving recipes about improving security. References to important RFCs, FAQ and CERT advisories are absent. For example RFC1244 (now superseded by RTC2196) is not mentioned in index(and probably in the text as well) although Ch.2 and Ch.24 mirror its content. No attempts were made to explain what tools can be used for checking/fixing particular class of problems or to present a bigger picture in which the flaw exists. Typesetting is very primitive. Although one of the authors is a (former) programmer judging by just the book content it is difficult to believe that he is able to spell PERL :-). The book is not updated enough to compete with newer books on Internet Security. For corporate users possible alternatives are combinations of one book on Unix security (for example, Unix System Security by David A. Curry) and one book on Internet security (for example Actually Useful Internet Security Techniques by Larry J. Hughes). The last is recommended as an alternative for readers who cannot afford two books. Often books written by a specialist in particular areas can be a better deal than books from security folks. For example TCP/IP Network Administration by Craig Hunt contains a lot more information about how properly configure TCP/IP than this book and in Ch.12 has a very decent overview of security in just 40 pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars A mile wide, several inches deep, great for filling in gaps
I hate to repeat the cliche, but if you can only buy one security book this year and you are a *nix geek, this should be it, hands down. As some point out, you can probably find everything in this book online, but then again you can find anything online, so why buy any books at all? I don't like giving 5 stars; this book left me no choice.

The strength of this book lies in several areas. First, the authors probably have 50+ years experience between them and it shows. You really get the impression that they've "been there, done that". But they don't try and "wow" you with their intelligence and they aren't condescending, in fact they write quite clearly.

The "mile wide" crack I made in the title refers to the fact that this book covers everything from physical security and social engineering, to how to setup up integrity checking with tripwire and use PAM. Basically I found this book to be invaluable because while I could breeze through certain sections, there was a ton of material that I needed more knowledge about, but either never got around to it, or didn't even know I was lacking. An example is NFS. I knew I needed more background about NFS because I work in infosec, but every place I've ever worked has banned NFS outright, which makes it a little more difficult to learn.... Another 2 technologies pop into my mind: LDAP and PAM. I knew what they were, but now I know how to set up the basics and can branch out on my own.

In our infosec world it's simply not possible to know everything. This book gives the reader a solid grounding in a ton of stuff, which enables him to go out and Google around intelligently for more advanced information. In a pinch it can also be used as an anti-theft device since it weighs in at 900+ pages and is quite heavy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome security book!
Practical Unix & Internet Security, the 3rd Edition has a ton of new useful information.

If you have but one security reference, this should be it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Best for beginners
As a Linux administrator, I ordered this book hoping to find out how hackers typically gain access to systems and neat little tricks for locking down my system, as well as detecting and dealing with intruders. While Practical Unix & Internet Security did cover these topics, it covered little I didn't already know.

Significant time is spent explaining how unix-based systems work. The book covers things such as file systems, partition structure, file ownership/permissions, users and groups, inodes, ssh, backups, etc. Each command, utility, procedure or feature is detailed over several pages followed by an explanation of what you should be doing with said topic.

There are also a few real-world examples here and there; stories most of us have heard before, like the admin who had . in his path.

Unlike many computer books, this one is well written and an easy read, and it's certainly a lot more friendly than some unix geeks who's advice consists of RTFM.

I think this book would be great for someone who has a very basic understanding of unix-based systems but has never administrated one before, but for those of us who've already had some experience running unix there's probably not anything new here for you. ... Read more

127. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
by Charles Petzold
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-11)
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What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new ways to communicate with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity-and our very human compulsion to communicate-have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries. Now in paperback edition, this critically praised book weaves an inventive and eminently comprehensible narrative for anyone who's ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines. The work of legendary computer book author Charles Petzold has influenced an entire generation of programmers. And with CODE, Microsoft Press is proud to share this gifted teacher and communicator with every reader interested in understanding today's world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Explains computer architecture to the intelligent layperson
The average person who uses a computer to surf the web or type letters has so little knowledge of the underlying technology he or she is using that it may as well be magic. Even programmers, who typically spend their days solving problems with the high-end abstractedness of object-orientation, may be more than a little unclear about what's actually going on inside the box when their compiled code is running.

Petzold attempts, and largely succeeds at, writing a book that leaves the reasonably intelligent layperson with a thorough comprehension of each layer that comprises a modern electronic computer (binary coding -> electronic representation -> transistors -> logic gates -> integrated circuits -> microprocessors -> opcodes -> assembly language -> high-level language -> applications). At times, the reader must follow along carefully, but Petzold tries to avoid needless complication.

Code is a well written and very entertaining explanation of the digital electronic technology that has become an integral part of our daily lives. Short of getting a degree in electrical engineering, this book is your best bet to understand how it works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a Book.
Have you ever opened up the case of your PC, only to find that there are seemingly millions of lego-esque pieces stuck together? Have you ever wondered how computing went from the abacus to the Palm IV? Have you ever asked how the engineers are able to do the things they do?

Well, ask no more. Instead, read this book. Charles Petzold is able to describe the workings of a simple computer, starting from the ground floor. He begins with descriptions of a simple circuit, and slowly works his way to more and more complex structures. You learn about flashlights, Morse code, and the early computers, and how each has impacted modern computing.

Will this book teach you how to program? No. But if you were not a computer science major or electrical engineer in college, this book will lay some of the foundations for understanding this technology. The technical aspects get a little dense at times, but this did not detract from the impact of this book.

If you have been curious about what goes on in that beige box, now is your time to investigate. This is the place to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars pretty good
The books starts off great, but later drowns in tedious details about the construction of complex circuits. I can't be too critical since it is apparently the purpose of the book to give such details, and I'm glad it didn't have the opposite problem of dumbing it down too much, but I think it could have been done better with the intended audience in mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book of this Type
As a hobbyist programmer, I had wondered for years how a computer worked at its most internal level. I had even had a couple of unsuccessful encounters with other "How Computers Work"-type books that left me mainly with the dissatisfied impression that the machine was an impenetrable black box.

Petzold's book was not like this. While other books started with flashy graphics of internal designs all flowcharts with little in the way of explanation, Code starts off simply, with two flashlights and the goal of communicating at night. This problem, of course, would be easy solved by anyone who knows of Morse code. Yet, from Petzold's pen it becomes an illuminating and amusing journey with attempts to deal with similar scenarios of every increasing complexity until I realized two-thirds of the way through that given a sufficient time and space, I could, at least in theory, build a computer. This is the greatest success of Code, in my opinion. Rather than attempting to peel away the mysteries of the system a layer at a time like an onion, it delves directly to the core and builds upon its ideas in a fashion like that of the original computer designers, until everything forms into a cohesive whole. Petzold does an excellent job of capturing his excitement for the material, making the progressive developments a joy to read about.

With my uneven background knowledge, there were a few sections that I felt that I could skim through, but also many a passage that I had to carefully scrutinize. Overall, I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in computers, from beginner to expert: Petzold provides enough explanation for a determined newcomer to understand all of the concepts, but enough breadth to still entertain and educate those with more experience in the area.

5-0 out of 5 stars Want to know exactly what a computer does?
It's not often I willingly give money to Microsoft, but I bought this book in hardcover. I don't care if Petzold is a hardcore Windows guy or not; this book is as deserving of immortality as the Lions book or "Godel, Escher, Bach".

Why? Because it lays it all out. Though it goes a bit light on the actual electronics, preferring to focus on the telegraph relay as its main way of understanding what's going on, this book takes the reader from square one -- sending messages to a friend with a flashlight -- to the structure of a modern microprocessor. It's an incredibly detailed yet easily accessible look at the internals of a computer system.

Flaws? A couple -- no index, and as I said it gives short shrift to what may be the single biggest invention of the 20th century, the transistor. But by and large Petzold has written the ultimate book to explain the mysteries of the computer to the layperson. This book is a must-buy. ... Read more

128. e-Business and e-Commerce How to Program (1st Edition)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good web programming startup text
I am starting some web programming after about 5 years of system level software development. I find the text, especially the programming related chapters to be comprehensive and well explained for beginners. Obviously, individuals taking up web development professionally will have to refer to more literature concerning their tools and technologies but this is a good startup text. Some rearrangement of sections may be helpful to the readers, for instance, in JavaScript chapters the concept of variables is explained early but a discussion on data types is delayed considerably forcing the readers to make assumptions.

2-0 out of 5 stars Expensive for what you get
I don't understand the good reviews this book got. I was excited about this book and thought I scored a hit when I found it at my library. What a dud! If you are going to start an e-business, you need to find a place to host your site. NOT COVERED! You should expect a book this expensive to point out what to look for in a hosting site, tip you off to bad deals on hosting, expectations on pricing, pricing structures, etc. How on earth can you set up a site without this information? Will you have physical access to your server (should you)? or will you simply upload from a distance? What about hackers? Do you protect the site or do they protect. Is it possible to go it alone (i.e. host the site at your business with a T1 line)? What's involved with going it alone? How do you get a T1 line to your business? None of these things are covered. And the biggie most people want--Credit Card transactions. Not much here either. Cursory information you can glean off the web. There's some information on what happens to the data during a credit card transaction (reads like a TIME-LIFE book), but again, no information on how to choose a Merchant provider, or what to look for in such providers. CyberCash and a few big name players are listed with their web addresses, but you can get this info on the web yourself. Just try, as a startup, to sign on with cybercash. The fees will be outrageous. No ratios as to cost/cc transactions in line with your business is discussed, just dry reporting on how others do it. You come away saying to yourself, ok so that's what's going on (in a very general way), but there's nothing to tell you how to do it yourself. No guides whatsoever. No example business plan, nothing. There are some nice chapters on XML, DynamicHTML, ASP etc., but you can get this in more depth in other books and still pay less than this book. There are some really stupid things in here too. Like a history of computers? What the ... is this doing in here? An introduction to Internet Explorer? If you need an introduction to IE, you shouldn't be thinking about e-commerce yet. Marketing info and business info is provided to the level that you'd understand what people were talking about if you joined a firm that needed to do this. But you would not be in any position to actually do marketing, or e-business. If you read this book cover to cover you will come away with a lot of information, but still be unable to do e-business, e-commerce, or even run a busy website. Boy am I glad I didn't buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone interested in making a TRADE?
Hi. I currently own the 'e-Business & e-Commerce How-to-Program' book by the authors. If anyone out there currently owns the XML book by Dietel & Associates, and is interested in making a trade, please send me an email. The trade can be either permanent, or just a temporary swap. Which ever you prefer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative, in depth yet simple, a complete resource!
It doesn't come better then this, I purchased this book a week ago and I can not put it down. I am simply amazed at the way this book tackles complex issues in such a simple and straightforward manner. It eases you in so that you fully understand the laws, ethics, asthetics, marketing and solutions to every E-business question ever asked, on top of that it teaches the programming languages of all major languages for the web. Whether you want a profitable business on the web, or just a fantastic site with the most modern abilities, then look no further. This is the ONLY book you'll ever need. The Marketing section alone makes this book worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great web dev book, and not just for e-commerce
I was looking for a book that provides a comprehensive overview of various web technologies and how they relate to each other. This book is it. It might be a little pricey, but is well worth the cost considering that you would probably need to buy 4-5 books (especially the Wrox books) to get the same coverage as this book does. The examples are concise and to the point. I especially like the color coding of the HTML examples which makes them so much more readable. If you're a beginner in web development, save yourself some money and buy this book. ... Read more

129. The Art of UNIX Programming
by Eric S. Raymond
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Unix ranks among the great engineering accomplishments of the last half of the twentieth century, and its heir--Linux--seems already imposing and still on its way to achieving its full potential. Eric S. Raymond argues in The Art of UNIX Programming that the excellence of Unix derives as much from the fact that it was (and continues to be) a community effort as from the fact that a lot of smart people have worked to design and build it. Raymond, best known as the author of the open-source manifesto The Cathedral and the Bazaar, says in his preface that this is a "why-to" book, rather than a "how-to" book. It aims to show new Unix programmers why they should work under the old "hacker ethic"--embracing the principles of good software design for its own sake and of code-sharing.

That said, a great deal of valuable practical information appears in this book. Very little of it is in the form of code; most of the practical material takes the form of case studies and discussions of aspects of Unix, all aimed at determining why particular design characteristics are good. In many cases, the people who did the work in the first place make guest appearances and explain their thinking--an invaluable resource. This book is for the deep-thinking software developer in Unix (and perhaps Linux in particular). It shows how to fit into the long and noble tradition, and how to make the software work right. --David Wall

Topics covered: Why Unix (the term being defined to include Linux) is the way it is, and the people who made it that way. Commentary from Ken Thompson, Steve Johnson, Brian Kernighan, and David Korn enables readers to understand the thought processes of the creators of Unix. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Appropriately good, considering the author
This book is written by Eric S. Raymond, who wrote ncurses and a large part of GNU Emacs, and thus one should expect a large amount of Unix and GNU bias. I don't think either are inappropriately placed, especially in a book like this. Raymond covers just about every topic that applies to the "tranditional" Unix programmer, from a historical as well as contemporary perspective, and offers a large amount of insight into each topic.

For someone moving new Unix, wishing to understand its origins and design philisophy, or for anyone developing on Unix (especially traditional development, i.e. C or C++) this book is highly applicable. The book is very readable; it's less of a technical book and more of an open discussion of past and current development practices.

If you the have the opportunity, I highly recommend you have a look at the "Origins of Unix" chapter; Raymond was there for most of Unix's history, and he recounts it vividly. This was the most entertaining and informative chapter of the book, especially for someone who is new to the Unix community. His discussions of transparency and modularity were also very practical and useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Filled with good stuff
By reading this book, one can truly realize the greatness of the Unix operating system and all of its glory. How it has revolutionized the software and more specifically the Operating System industry over and over again for the past 30+ years.
This book has four parts, and each part is packed with useful information... The first part talks about the philosophy, the history and background of Unix. It's a very easy read and it familiarizes the reader the background of Unix and what will be covered in the rest of the book. Basic rules that Unix was based upon and their explanations are to me, the highlight of the first section.

Part 2, focuses on the various design rules and philosophies that were covered in part 1.
It is packed with small, easy to read and understand case studies that explain the design philosophy that was just explained. It is very interesting to see that some of what we call "best practices" today have been around for years and years in the Unix community and have been perfected thru out the years. Very valuable to any software architect. It will give you some ideas what has been done and what not to do when you are designing a piece of software - b/c the chances are that it has been implemented in Unix before.

Part 3 goes into a great depth trying to explain the various options programmers have when developing for Unix.
Considering that an entire volume can be dedicated to this section, the author does a great job in explaining the various options for developers. Keeping the philosophies mentioned in part I, the author conveys the pros and the cons of various programming languages, scripting languages, took kits, etc...

Part 4 covers odds and ends of this topic. It gives you tips on how to work with the Open Source Community and what you need to do if you want release code into the open source community. The tips are also very valuable even if you are developing software for your company... One of my favorite sections in part 4 was when the author talks about the various licenses and their differences and how to choose one. With all the lawsuits surrounding the Unix community, it's good for every developer to know what options are available out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag
Eric does a good job of covering the history of UNIX. I wish there was more content from his "guest" writers -- they have more interesting and authoritative stories to tell. It's a good book if you like his style: a complex and changing mix between high-brow and plain-talk, history and personal opinions.

The author would do well to follow his own advice: page 434, "Don't think for a moment that volume will be mistaken for quality." Don't worry, we won't. This is about the fattest and most wordy UNIX book you can find.

I like how he continually disses the 'make' command for using a tab character in its 'makefile'. He calls it: "one of the worst design botches in the history of Unix". Then how can he wax poetic over Python, which also uses white space in a syntactically meaningful way?

His distain for Tcl is apparent, but I wish he'd at least hate a version that's been made in the last 9 years. Quoting Ousterhout from 1995 doesn't seem relevant in 2004. Tcl has had namespaces for quite awhile now, and there are "batteries included" distributions. Saying it's simple, and then claiming it's complex, doesn't make sense.

Finally, one of his examples of stellar programming is Audacity. I tried it and found it quite lacking. It's great if you want buttons as large as quarters, but the functionality wasn't enough for my modest editing needs.

Yeah, I'm way too picky. But it's a $40 (list) book, so it ought to be better than it is. Perhaps it would have enjoyed life as an on-line book. On the other hand, there's nothing else like it on the market, so we have to be grateful that he put all the hard work into making it.

Anon, just for the heck of it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Has he ever used unix?
This book isn't about unix programming, its about the authors idea of linux programming. I will teach you bad habits and how to make non-portable linuxware. Do the unix world a favor, and skip this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, an excellent book for programmer
I was able to spend a couple of months finishing this book. As soon as I finished the first chapter, I know the book would be an excellent one, and it does not disappoint me from the beginning to the end.

I have been using Unix (and its variants) for a decade amd have quite some knowledge about "how-to", but probably like most other Unix programmers, have never systematically thought about the underlying "why". This book is going to tell you both in details.

The book contains topics in software engineering / design / implementation / interface / documentation areas. They are all supported by solid examples, both success and failure stories. This makes it stand out among numerous books on similar topics. The author's concise and clear writting style is among the best I have seen in computer books (similar to Richard Stevens's famous series, if you have to make a comparison). The author apparently does not fail on me to make me a better Unix programmer.

The book is an good complementary to your library if you are a Unix programmer (it is also refreshing even if you do not program under Unix). And I'd recommend this book to everyone who starts to program under Unix or have programmed under Unix even for a long time. ... Read more

130. Programming .Net Windows Applications
by Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-28)
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With this tutorial, you will explore all aspects of using .NET Windows Forms class libraries and the associated programming tools in Visual Studio .NET, enabling you to build applications for the Windows 9x, Windows 2000 and Windows XP desktop platforms. Step-by-step, you'll learn ways to design applications that either function alone on a PC, or work in combination with your web-based application server to take advantage of the richer interface and higher level of security. The book also explains how your new Windows applications can sidestep problems that used to arise from the use of DLLs (known collectively as "DLL hell"), and how .NET Windows Forms can be used as an alternative to ASP.NET and browser-based approaches for building web application clients.Jesse Liberty definitely knows his stuff when it comes to the .NET platform. As the author of O'Reilly's Programming C# and Learning Visual Basic .NET, he's well-known for his clear and concise style that prompted one reviewer to say, "It's as if he knows exactly what questions I'm going to ask ahead of time." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Complete! Well Documented! Superb!
I found myself searching for a book that covered the TreeView control and others in great detail. I needed a book that would give detailed examples of how to use the advanced features of Windows Forms Controls and this was it. I use C# but appreciate the fact that both the VB.Net and C# codes is included as I never know if I will be asked to work on a VB.Net project. I have several other C# books that documented the basics of how to program C#, but this is the first that really showed me how to use the power of Win Forms to build a user friendly UI.

5-0 out of 5 stars Correcting previous review
I almost never respond to negative reviews (not everyone will like every book) but the previous review by Mr. Qiu is simply incorrect.

I provide unprecedented support for my books, including a FAQ, errata, complete source code and a private free support discussion forum through my web site: In addition, more information is available thorugh my blog and articles I write for O'

All the code in this book is complete, and all the code is available for download.

Thank you.


1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!
This book doesn't provide supports if you have any questions about this book, and don't have full codes in some chapters!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely well-written guide
Programming .NET Windows Applications is not only a useful reference (the important enumerations and events are listed alongside descriptions of the various controls, for example), but it is a great introduction to the somewhat under-documented subject of creating fat clients using the latest tools. As a VB programmer converting to C#, I particularly appreciate the side-by-side code examples. But as an author of computer books myself, I am always on the lookout for books like this in which the authors do more than just parrot the official documentation. This book is full of helpful asides, tips, and warnings, and the text is authoritative. I will look for other books by these authors (and of course O'Reilly books are almost always excellent).

Nearly 2.5 inches thick, this is not an In-A-Nutshell book. It covers Windows Forms controls in great detail. (It assumes knowledge of VB or C# and basic .NET, and it naturally doesn't describe ASP.NET.) The chapter on creating custom controls has been particularly useful to me, and the GDI+ chapter includes source for a complex analog clock application. And for some reason, I haven't seen TreeView and ListView documented as well in other books. If you are writing Windows Applications using .NET, this is the one book to have at your side.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes the Subject Very Approachable
I use this book as the text for an ASP.NET class I teach for the last two years, after looking over many others. It covers most of the areas on the subject very well, however I do provide my own supplemental material for a few missing, but common and easy to handle, topics for building web apps, such as HttpCookie and SmtpMail. Still highly recommended! ... Read more

131. CCNP Study Guide Kit, 3rd Edition (642-801, 642-811, 642-821, 642-831)
by Todd Lammle, Arthur Pfund, et al., Sybex
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Prepare yourself for Cisco's new CCNP exams with Sybex's updated CCNP: Study Guide Kit, 3rd Edition! This box set is the complete self-study solution, covering all four required exams--BSCI (643-801), Switching (643-811), Remote Access (643-821), and Support (643-831). At an incredible value ($40 off price of books purchased separately), this kit delivers in-depth coverage of all official Cisco exam objectives along with practical insights that take you beyond the basics and reinforce key subject areas. Each book includes a CD with an advanced testing engine containing all chapter review questions and two bonus exams (eight exams in total), plus 150 flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices! All four books are also included in PDF! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for CCNP
Excellent book for exam and subject review. It covers the objectives for each exam in detail independently for each of the exams in CCNP. Practice questions, excellent examples, and lucid laguage are the best qualities of the book set. I gave four stars, as this set covers only objectives for the certification, but not for real life indepth touch of hte subject matter. Cisco Press books do an excellent job for these qualities. But, Lammle rocks as usual for "to the point" approach. Good Job! Keep it up! And, Good luck to all of you'll going for the certification!

-- Pankaj Patel BSCS, CCNA, MCDBA.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for CCNP
Excellent book for exam and subject review. It covers the objectives for each exam in detail independently for each of the exams in CCNP. Practice questions, excellent examples, and lucid laguage are the best qualities of the book set. I gave four stars, as this set covers only objectives for the certification, but not for real life indepth touch of hte subject matter. Cisco Press books do an excellent job for these qualities. But, Lammle rocks as usual for "to the point" approach. Good Job! Keep it up! And, Good luck to all of you'll going for the certification!

-- Pankaj Patel BSCS, CCNA, MCDBA.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some help, but...
The books cover all of the topics in all of the four exams for the CCNP, yet still they are a 'base level info'. If you want to understand fully the topics required for the CCNP and be able to enter the exams with confidence, be sure to pick up the recommended titles from Cisco Press. They may be considered in-depth and more than what is 'required knowledge' for the exam pass, but 'full knowledge' is what certification is really all about. These books should really be seen as a 'cram revision'.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bot covering all topics of the exam
I was quite unhappily surprised that, after reading the book for the BCSI exam, I was far from ready. I costed me quite a lot of extra work to properly prepare. Lots of topics are not covered and even worse with the BCMSN exam, where even more topics are not covered.

Very unsatisfactory!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for passing all your exams
Without these books I would not have passed these tests. Excellent
coverage on the important subjects the test will cover. Great CDs
along with prep labs. Highly recommend it. ... Read more

132. XML in Office 2003: Information Sharing with Desktop XML
by Charles F. Goldfarb, Priscilla Walmsley
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-29)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but could use more even level of detail
Mr. Goldfarb is on a tear with yet another book about XML and XML technologies. In this case it's about the integration of XML into Microsoft's Office Suite for 2003. This is an impressive peice of work and it shows through in the book, which is far superior to his XML handbook, though it does suffer from similar problems. Once again the book has aggressively short chapters and has an uneven level of detail. In addition some of the chapters feel like a lift from the handbook, which is not necessarily a bad thing give that they are from the same author. And the book also has a strange organization, for instance leaving the explanation of XML standards and syntax to the last few chapters of the book.

That being said the book is still far better than the XML Handbook. And I think in large part that has to do with the fascinating topic which is Microsoft's excellent work in integrating XML into their products. This is a worthy read, especially if you are a developer looking to leverage the XML capabilities of the Office suite.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great guide anyone with a little O2K3 experience can pick up
With the XML advantages in the Office 2003 suite of applications not being glaringly obvious (at least not to me), I gave this book a whirl. I'm glad I did.

It's consistent in its organization - presenting the capabilities of Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage, and Office forms to use, manage and manipulate XML-based data - first from within the applications themselves, and then from more robust subsystems using Office's embedded Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). It shows how easy it is to manage data by building great apps with simple scripts. (Notably missing was a discussion on the applications of XML within PowerPoint, although I'm admittedly unsure if that's even an issue.)

The book's voice is very friendly and non-intimidating, using chapter around 15-30 pages at most, making for a pleasant, quick reading experience. On this note, I found the Excel chapters and those on WordML especially valuable. As far as the examples themselves, all were practical and easy to replicate locally, whether by menu or through code. There's a healthy lean towards the use of SOAP by making Web services calls for importation of data that's a great addition.

The book also has something I found that many modern programming texts don't - an easy-to-understand explanation of schemas and how to construct them. All books discussing XML obviously make mention of the use of schema, but the vast majority don't explain it well. The authors do a great job of not only explaining schema's role in an app, but also how to build it, which is something newbies will appreciate.

Still, in this day of modern distributed applications and datashaping, I also would have liked to see the VBA-based examples complemented/contrasted with .NET programming concepts and code, working against the APIs for each Office app. Also, one thing I found somewhat annoying was that the code, while complete and hearty, always referenced "in Line 25...and then in Line 30", without marking the lines of code, forcing the reader to manually count-and-mark the lines. This was a minor nuisance, but a nuisance nonetheless.

But the good in this book far outweighs the bad, and the content and examples can be picked up by any level of staffer in the workplace who's familiar with Office apps. It's a great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Using XML in Office 2003 - for technical writers
In my efforts to learn and understand XML the past year and a half I have come upon a decided lack of interest for the subject among my technical writing colleagues. Single-sourcing with XML has simply been too difficult to set up. You need a DTD or schema (or EDD in FrameMaker) before your can start writing, and style sheets to present it. It seems that XML has mostly been used in web services like on-line shopping.

If tech writers are using XML, it is probably because they were already using FrameMaker with SGML earlier and have just converted their documents to the XML version. Furthermore, if you are not using FrameMaker 7.0 as an authoring tool, you had to find some other new tool, like XMLSpy, Authentic or Veredus, which have many capabilities, but seem "geeky" to a tech writer.

You can't imagine how delighted I was to see this book recommended in a newsletter, because that was the first I'd heard about the XML facilities in Office 2003. When my husband updated to Office 2003, I bought the book to see how it works. To my dismay, I discovered that the XML facilities are only in the Professional edition, so I ordered a 30-day trial version of Office 2003 from Microsoft and started reading.

One of the authors, Charles Goldfarb, has been in on XML since its conception (and birth, way back in 1998!) so he is one of the big XML gurus. Now gurus are not necessarily, by definition, good writers of introductory books. However, Goldfarb has his own series of excellent books, motivating and educating developers and users in the wonders of XML.

This introduction is well structured and well thought out. All the steps are well described and easy to follow. There are even separate XML tutorials to bring beginners up to speed without boring more advanced users. The only difficulty I found is that the book is so richly illustrated that some steps refer to a screen capture on a following page.

Part 1, Introducing Desktop XML, aims to motivate you with "The reason why" it's worth your while to get the 30-day trial version and keep on reading.

Part 2, Working with XML in Office, has you creating XML documents in Word, using external XML data in spreadsheets, exporting and importing XML in Access and creating XML websites in FrontPage. You will also discover how easy it is to import XML data, like zip codes and stock market data, from the Internet. You can download all the code for the examples from

An exciting new feature is a new Microsoft product, InfoPath, which you can use to create "smart" forms. The book includes a CD with a free 60-day trial version. InfoPath can become your front end to XML-enabled databases, or any other data-based XML application. (Note: you have to open the sample InfoPath documents in Design mode, and then publish them to your own computer to be able to see them in action.)

If you have never seen XML before, there is no need to shy away. Goldfarb provides you with all you need to know in Part 3, XML Tutorials, in the back of the book. Each chapter in Part 2 lists the skills you need to understand and perform its activities, with a reference to which tutorial to read prior to the chapter. So, while more experienced readers can start right off, beginners do a tutorial or two in the back of the book before starting each new chapter.

I found working with XML in Office 2003 easy and intuitive. All the information you need is in the Task Pane on the right side of the screen. Just drag tags from the pane to your document. If you want to produce XML quickly, you can even use the built-in Word Markup Language (which catches every bit of Word's complicated style markup). Nevertheless, it is much better to learn what little you need to know to author pure XML in Word, which it does beautifully. XML is an open format that you can import into any other XML document in, say, FrameMaker, InDesign or Quark, so it is worth keeping it pure.

Of course the hard part is making the first decision to actually create a working document in XML. Other than in tutorials and class exercises, I have not gotten there yet. I figure it won't be long before I update my 30-day trial to the real version of Office 2003. It really isn't difficult to get started, because Office 2003 provides you with a number of templates with all the necessary schemas and style sheets, which you can modify for your own use. Now you have to figure out how to convince your employer that this is exactly what you need to make your documentation work more efficient and user friendly. ... Read more

133. iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue, Derrick Story, Joseph Schorr
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-05)
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Users will find a lot to like about the new iPhoto 4. With Smart Albums, they can organize photos similar to the way iTunes creates playlists. And they can share photos over a network using the same Apple technology for sharing music. There's much more, and our new Missing Manual covers everything in detail and with scrupulous objectivity. But this witty and authoritative guide goes much further, giving readers the basics they need to make iPhoto really work:

Essentials of photography. Using iPhoto without a grounding in camera technique is like getting a map before you've learned to drive. This book offers a friendly guide to the digital camera, and professional tips for making everyday snapshots look spectacular.

Editing basics. Even great photos need a little touching up. This book shows how to master iPhoto's brightness and contrast controls, cropping tools, new Enhance and Retouch commands, and more.

Finding an audience. iPhoto excels at presenting photos. The book goes into detail about creating and uploading a Web site gallery, creating QuickTime movies from your pictures (both for DVD and on the Web), interactive DVD slideshows, AppleScripting iPhoto, important information on backing up and managing batches of photo files, and putting together one of Apple's linen photo books, including hints on how to arrange the pictures, what book formats work best for what kind of material, how to override the installed designs, and how to make up your own!

iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition covers all of these procedures, step by step and offers details on even the smallest nips and tucks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Manual!
"iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual" is an update of the 2003 book, "iPhoto2" and, like the original, is another in the well-respected O'Reilly Media "Missing Manual" series. "iPhoto4" covers the latest Apple iPhoto software while also providing basic instruction in near-professional quality digital photography.

Derrick Story and the Mac community's favorite writer, David Pogue, continue as authors. Besides covering the latest and newest features of iPhoto 4 like its Control Bar, speed enhancements, Star Ratings, Smart Albums, and more, this latest edition of the book continues providing practical guidance on selecting and using the latest consumer-level digital cameras and equipment. The emphasis is on providing information and guidance to move beyond mere snapshooting. It does take something more to become able to make quality images, both in acquiring the image in the camera and processing it afterwards. And, of course, having quality images is not of much use unless one knows how to store, display, and distribute them to friends and family.

In five parts covering digital cameras and photography subject items, iPhoto basics, creating and producing photo projects, advanced iPhoto tips, and troubleshooting, the authors provide all the guidance an amateur or advanced amateur needs for shooting, editing, and sharing digital photo resources.

New sections of the book include how to upgrade from iPhoto2 to 4, how to maintain and upgrade photo libraries and a special section on camera-phone photography.

This is an excellent volume and value for beginner to advanced amateur digital photographers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of pleasant surprises and useful information...
You have a Mac, you have iPhoto 4, and you have a digital camera. This book will help you get the most out of all three. I was pleased to find a wide variety of hints, tips and advice covering all skill levels. My favorite tip was how to view the invisible PDF that is submitted to the Photo Book printer. If you plan on publishing a Photo Book, this tip alone pays for the price of the book in peace of mind.

The book is divided into four sections: how to take pictures, editing your pictures in iPhoto, sharing your pictures with iPhoto, and finally "iPhoto Stunts".

The first section has little to do with iPhoto and more to do with helping you do everything you can to get the best pictures possible before loading them into iPhoto. There wasn't anything really new here that you wouldn't find in any decent book on how to take good pictures, but it is handy to have it all in one book... You don't need an extra book on the basic rules to taking good pictures.

The next section describes the iPhoto library, where it keeps the files, what happens when you crop, retouch, enhance, or use the other simple editing tools. It notes that iPhoto is not for serious photo editing and points out a few other products that would be better suited for advanced editing. The step-by-step descriptions for each of the editing tools included with iPhoto are very easy to understand and follow.

The following section describes the many ways iPhoto helps you share your pictures. Among them are printing pictures, sending them to Apple for printing, creating a slideshow, publishing to a personal web site or to your .Mac account, creating a Photo Book, creating a Quicktime movie or an iDVD slideshow. There are plenty of screenshots and information for each of these, so you won't get lost between each step.

The last section is comprised of tips and tricks to satisfy your inner-geek; how to export pictures to your PDA, how to get pictures from your cameraphone, and several AppleScript tricks. There are also excellent tips on how to burn a CD or DVD to share with your family and friends running Windows. There is also an appendix that covers each iPhoto menu option individually and a troubleshooting section on common problems.

A very well done book - it really is "The book that should have been in the box". ... Read more

134. designing web graphics.4, Fourth Edition
by Lynda Weinman
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-31)
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Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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The most influential web design book ever written, completely updated to cover motion graphics, broadband interactive design, and more. Since it was first published in 1995, designing web graphics has been the seminal resource for web designers to learn the basics and then the nuances of solid design for the web. Lynda Weinman has been updating the book to reflect changes in the technologies affecting web design, but dwg.4 has been largely rewritten from the ground up. Included is coverage of motion graphics made possible by the Flash phenomenon, broadband-enabled graphics issues, usability, and more. Lynda is rewriting the book so that all coverage of specific tools is focused on the essential functionality of these programs (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, etc.) and not on version-specific attributes of the software, making the book relevant longer for more users. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated, sparse, poor
I'm quite amazed by the positive reviews, because this is one of the worst web related books I've ever seen. The techniques presented in this book are often outdated and I could not believe my eyes when I saw the book has been published in 2002. Tricks like using the

 tag to increase leading apparently did not die in the 90's.

Even worse, it's plagued with errors --- I found about six huge errors (not typos!) on four pages.

Hands off this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Page-Turner
I've bought two of Lynda's books and will probably get more because they are very clear and easy to follow. Combining well-written but concise text with screen shots, this book is great for web design newbies (like me!).

The book doesn't attempt to be the web graphics bible. Some of its topics only skim the surface. But there is enough information there to send you off on a fact-finding mission elsewhere. (Ya gotta start somewhere, right? Lynda Weinman gives great introductions to sophisticated web topics.)

Of particular use to me are the chapters on information architecture, browser-safe colors (with a color chart!), and cascading style sheets. My only pet peeve is that books like this always include one or two chapters on frames -- if everyone discourages them so much, why dedicate so much precious space to them??!

"Designing Web Graphics" is a great resource for me. As I've been learning Dreamweaver and planning a redesign of my site, I find myself opening Weinman's book often.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have Reference book on Web Graphics.
This is 500 pages spanning 30 chapters that are not very technical at all but explain a lot of facts relating to designing web graphics and websites.

If you even remotely work with websites, you will find this book an invaluable reference to understanding various aspects of designing web graphics and designing websites. The topics are very well organized and cover almost anything you may encounter. Here are some important chapters whose topics you may recognize - Web Aesthetics, Browser-Safe Color, Navigation, Planning Web Projects, Frames, Cascading Style Sheets, Animation & Audio, Creating Community, and Web File Formats.

The facts presented in each chapter are done so in an easy to understand writing style but possess breadth and depth on the topic. At the end of each chapter, there is a 1 page summary of the highlights learned in the chapter. The author doesn't assume that you are an advanced reader and hence explains everything in great detail. It is more than likely that you will understand almost any topic in this book (if you read it fully) even if you are just a beginner. This was the biggest appeal to me as I am a Technical Project Manager that has to know a little bit of everything. This book definitely met that goal and more.

You may hesitate at the price but the chances are high that you will not regret purchasing this book. This is one of the most referenced books in my book collection as there seems to be no end to the knowledge gained from this book. I hope you have a similar experience with this book. Enjoy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Barely Adequate
If I didn't damage my book upon receipt, I would have returned it. I'm an intranet developer with very little graphics experience. I purchased this book because of Linda's status in the graphic design world and assumed it would help me add some "umph" to my web designs. Unfortunately, this book didn't expound enough on any one subject to make it worth my effort. The book is good for basic information and can be used for a reference on some design basics. However, it did not provide substantial knowledge for developers with more than 6 months experience. I give it three stars for it being a useful beginner book. I would give it 2 stars if you have any experience at all in web design. Linda Weinman just didn't live up to her billing in my opinion. I'm sure she has the experience and ability. I just wish she would have given us more of that in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars the book has evolved with the medium
Out of all the books in the series, I think that this is the best. It covers the additional process and requirements that the Designer and Web team are ultimately responsible for - not only design expertise and look and feel, but also under-the-surface work like the Creative Brief and Style Guide. It even covers urgent topics like usability and accessibility, which are extremely helpful! I've always referred to Lynda's teaching manuals because they're smart and personable. I really enjoy having a guide like this to refer to when starting a new project or when I feel like I'm stuck in the middle of one. ... Read more

135. XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
by Elizabeth Castro
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Catlog: Book (2000-10)
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Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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The Visual QuickStart Guide series from Peachpit Press is known forboiling topics down to the essentials, and presenting them in an engaging andefficient way, to get the reader up to speed quickly. In applying this model toXML, author Elizabeth Castro had her work cut out for her.

Fortunately for her readers, Castro has identified successfully the corecomponents of XML, and presented them in a streamlined way. This book doesn'ttackle any of the advanced elements of XML technology, such as SOAP, SAX, orintegration with the Document Object Model (DOM). Instead, it focuses onteaching the basic nuts and bolts of creating XML documents, styling them, anddefining their structure.

This book moves at a fast pace. Document Type Definitions (DTDs), for instance,get only 30 pages of coverage. This tight format comprises simple examples thatillustrate commands and concepts, instead of pages of text. The pages arepresented in a two-column format, so that code fragments can be placed (wisely)side by side with the step-by-step explanatory text. Each topic example issupplemented with one or more useful implementation tips.

For a true grasp of XML and all of its potential, you'll need to follow up thisintroductory tutorial with more reading on the applications of the technologyand case studies. But this little book is a great way to learn the basics of XMLin a weekend. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered:

  • XML documents
  • Document Type Definitions(DTDs)
  • Schemas
  • Namespaces
  • XSLT and XPath
  • Cascading style sheets(CSS)
  • XLink
  • XPointer
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Castro's HTML Book
I had high hopes for this book, But I have come away disappointed. I used Castro's HTML book to learn that language, and I was favorably impressed. I found the examples in that book easy to walk through, and I felt they did a good job explaining basic concepts and procedures. I also liked the fact that Castro brought a designer's perspective to the subject.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this book. I have spent the better part of a day on its chapter on XSLT, and I don't feel like I have gotten a handle on the subject. I feel about the same way about XML schemas. I think XML may simply be a subject that requires a programmer's, rather than a designer's perspective.

The book could use a complete rewrite, particularly its walkthroughs, which I have had trouble following and making sense of. If you need to write style sheets, schemas, or anything else beyond the simplest XML, you are probably better served by another book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner's Guide to XML
Although I'm not personally an XML beginner, so perhaps my perspective is a bit skewed, I recently had to come up with a full-day tutorial on XML, for Microsoft Office developers, all XML beginners. In preparing the various topics, I came across this book (actually, I had read Ms. Castro's HTML 4 book and liked it, as well), and found it to be at a perfect level for my students. I based my basic XML, namespaces, and XSD sessions of the day on the corresponding chapters in this book, and found the descriptions of "how" and "why" to be very useful, complete, and lucid. I recommended the book to the students, and they, too, found it useful. I heartily recommend this book for people trying to get the basics of XML down pat. It's not a book for experienced developers, or people who already "get" these topics, but that wasn't its point. If you're trying to get up and running with XML, I haven't found any other book that makes it so simple.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but the first edition is very outdated
This is a decent reference guide, but uncomfortably out of date. While the author keeps her site updated for latest changes, why buy a book when you need to read the most up to date info online anyway? The book is an excellent bargain, but a free online tutorial (on oreilly for example) is a much better deal. The best intro to XML book I've read is still Beginning XML (WROX--wait for the 3rd edition if you can, the 2nd edition is still more recent and more useful than the VQ guide).

4-0 out of 5 stars A Roadmap to the Future of Web Pages
XML, as is explained in the book, is not ready for web pages. However, web page developments are evolving toward XML. Elizabeth Castro explains what that future would look like. This book is for you if you are thinking ahead in your web page development; I found it to be very helpful in understanding how XML will fit into the future. Don't bother reading it if you don't know and don't care what style sheets are.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most useful
The first reference book I reach for.
Like most Peachpit books, this XML guide is low on fluff and high on useful, easy to understand info. It gives me principles and examples in very helpful ways. Each example is worth my time, because Castro thinks them out carefully and makes them useful on more than one level.
XML continues to change, so I consider the publisher's website as part of the book. Their online updates are better than most. ... Read more

136. The Non-Designer's Web Book (2nd Edition)
by Robin Williams, John Tollett
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-08)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good
Forget this book! There's a better solution. I bought this book based on my experience reading the author's Non-Designer's Design Book. I would strongly recommend buying that. The Web book though, is trying to give you overall information on a variety of software that really benefits no one particular user. A lot of the generic tips are good, but included is a lot of information on specific products, such as Photoshop, that are promoted as the ultimate for Web design. Photoshop is very expensive, and I already have Corel Draw and PhotoDraw. Most beginners would not run out and buy Photoshop anyway.

Aside from the scattered info about various software, there are also too many mistakes. As is pointed out in many other reviews here, Netscape is not preferred, and has not been the leading browser for a long time. Page 208 has a serious mistake recommending loading an entire page size graphic in order to get a horizontal block across a page. A color filled table is the correct approach. This was unfortunately typical of many errors that I found.

I have to admit that I was looking for a more design oriented book since I have some Web authoring experience. After reading the book I believe I can offer a better solution to someone looking for both design and Web building information. First, buy Ms. Williams Non-Designer's Design Book. Second, decide on which Web authoring software you might want to use. Third, buy or scavenge all the written information you can about that software. This way you will have the design information, and you'll have specific information about what YOU will actually be using. Many of these books give tips peculiar to Web design. For someone that's an absolute Internet novice, start with a book that tells you what that's all about first. They're plenty of them out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but...
This very fine book is well written, beautifully illustrated and generally most helpful. However, there are two parts to the book.

1. How to create a web page.
2. How to create an outstanding web page.

The 2nd part is outstanding, but the first part suffers from trying to be all things to all people. There are many web authoring packages, so I decided on the free FrontPage Express and Internet Explorer. The authors admit that they prefer Netscape, and appear to have a preference for the Mac. While they tried to be helpful to people who made my choices they failed. I was unable to finish the first exercise because their instructions on how to create an internal link makes no sense in FPExpress.

If you are comfortable with web design, and want to learn about design, color, balance etc. this is the book for you. But if you, like me, still find the whole idea of creating a web page intimidating you would be advised to find a different book; perhaps returning to this one when you have mastered the basics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Instruction for Those Just Starting
"The Non-Designer's Web Book, 2nd Edition" is perfect for those of you who want to build your own site but don't want to use one of the canned templates so many ISP's offer.
Ms. Williams advice is, as usual, right on target and very easy to understand. Her humor is understated and well placed, encouraging the reader to continue in the project at hand. The book has plenty of color illustrations and screen shots, and is peppered with great advice on creating graphics, getting your site listed, basic design principles, and even a few lessons on HTML coding, if you like.
Each chapter concludes with a short quiz to help cement the principles that were just taught, and her coverage (despite what some people have written) of the basics is just what is needed for those of you who have skipped over an idea or two and wonder just what the heck something such as the difference between search engines and directories are.
Starting on page 50 is a Ms. Williams takes you through setting up a page and the associated site, step by step, in a concise, easy to understand way. It covers such things as typing and formatting text, changing colors, creating links and adding an email link, adding graphics, setting up a table, explaining what frames are and how to use them, and finally, adding some HTML code, if you want. These topics are the very basics of web construction, and the author expounds on them in later chapters, but it's especially nice that she distilled them into a short, easy to read section (that is extremely well illustrated) so you don't have to hunt through the rest of the pages later.
Some people have taken exception to the Netscape emphasis. They fail to realize that when the book was written Netscape was still a big player, and that IE's implementation of standards left a lot to be desired. Also, someone has stated that there are big errors throughout the book, but I haven't found any, and the example the reviewer gave (directions to use a page-sized graphic as a background) doesn't exist. In fact, Ms. Williams stresses that's just want you DON'T want to do.
There is a slight Mac-bias, but it is slight, with plenty of screen shots of Windows software along with the appropriate instruction. Given that the design industry is predominately centered on the Mac platform, this preference is easily understood.
All in all, this is one of the best books out for learning the basics of setting up your web site, as the title implies. You won't go wrong with Robin William's books, and this is just one example of why: clear writing, excellent advice, easy to follow instruction.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for teaching
We have been teaching 17-year old kids Web Publishing for many years. The Non-Designer's Web Book (1st -> 2nd Edition) used to be our textbook. We only realised how useful this book was after we replaced it with another textbook last year, now we change it back.

With lots of visual examples and straight-to-the-point explanations, this really is the Web book for beginners.

Also, although our teachings have been PC-based all along, we have no problem with the book at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very complete for the beginner!!
This book was awesome! It is generated toward the beginner with very simple explanations and wonderful pictures so you know exactly what they are saying. But even the experienced web designer can gain from this as you see your own work through more simple eyes.
Lots of ideas, explains from thought through concept, even shows you what NOT to do. Touches bases on color, graphics, search engines, typography. I was very impressed by this book and if you are a beginner this really is the book for you. I was very surprised to the amount of information and the wide range it covers in such a little book! ... Read more

137. creative html design.2 (2nd Edition)
by Lynda Weinman, William Weinman
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-17)
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Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Who better to ease you into the detailed world of HTML coding (where even an errant spacebar can gum up your creative masterpiece) than well-known Web design instructor Lynda Weinman and her programmer brother, William. This book's first edition came out over 3 years ago, and the Web has changed a lot in that time. Novices will appreciate this HTML primer that not only helps in hand-coding Web pages but also in troubleshooting the HTML generated by WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors like Dreamweaver and GoLive and image/animation applications like Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, and ImageReady.

Creative HTML Design.2 covers basic page structure, images and compression, color, links, buttons, transparency, typography, organization, style sheets, navigation, rollovers, forms, and other issues. (A good description of the first edition, including a sample chapter, can currently be found at; this new edition will most likely be detailed there soon as well. They also maintain an errata section, important for any book that includes code.) Lynda Weinman's specialty is her friendly yet tech-savvy teaching style--there aren't many who can walk readers through the minutiae of client-side image map coordinates and not confuse them (or bore them to tears). Brother William[SS1], an engineer and programmer, presumably provides the finer points of HTML, plus the JavaScript and CGI scripts. The book offers all the good aspects of Weinman's other popular books: text that's affable yet clear, with a view to anticipating problems beginners may stumble into; lesson projects that are neither too complex nor aesthetically amateur; and a book layout that doesn't crowd pages, but rather serves up ministeps and clearly captioned screen shots in easily digested morsels.

With editors that do it all--like Dreamweaver and GoLive--why would a non-tech-head Web designer want to learn HTML? As Weinman explains, "The advantage of knowing and understanding HTML is that you are in better control of knowing what is possible and what is not." Even if you use an HTML editor, you will at some point have to go "under the hood" and fix troubled code, and at this point even a little familiarity can make a big difference in relieving Web design stress. --Angelynn Grant

Topics covered:

  • Choosing an ISP
  • Creating a basic page and uploading
  • Creating graphics, including how compression works
  • Web color palettes and color tags
  • Links, alt text, image maps
  • Background images and tiled patterns
  • Custom rules, bullets, and other artwork
  • Working with transparency
  • Tables
  • Typography and fonts
  • Site planning and management
  • Cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • Frames
  • Rollovers
  • Forms
  • Animation and sound
  • Listing with search engines
  • HTML 4.0 reference, including the finer points of "good HTML"
  • CD includes all project files for sample Web site used in lessons as well as JavaScript and CGI scripts used
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5-0 out of 5 stars On the short list
Five stars. I recommend to any one getting started with the creation of web sites. This book should be on the short list of books to read for creating websites. It covers more than html, and that is good. I benefited from reading it after having taken courses in web design and web programming. Reading it would be also be excellent preparation for taking a web related course. Several of its strengths are: it is co-authored by a graphic designer and techie/programmer (brother and sister), it includes a CD with the files referenced in the book, in includes an excellent html reference section, and there are a number of exercises. As many exercise as there are I would have liked more. The copyright date is 2001. I did not identify any soft spots but would estimate its shelf life will expire the end of 2003. That is the way it is with books about topics such as this. Even then it is should be a solid reference for a number of years.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Guide to NOT SO CREATIVE HTML
When I was told that this book was going to be used for my technology class I was kind of excited because I am fairly familiar with the material. I had picked up her Learning Flash 5 CD-ROM and walked away with a feeling that it was money well spent, and that I had come away with a great deal of knowledge about Flash. Now keeping this in mind, when I picked up this title and read through it (mind you unlike some reviewers I read cover to cover), I did not feel like there was too much content that I could walk away with and use in any real world situtation. The techniques she used, produced very amateur-like pages that would not pass for a high school student's work. Mind you, for some of the fundamental HTML concepts the book was good, but for any real world stuff I felt like I was lookig at those pages where you know the person made it in Frontpage 98' without the plug-ins. Any of the cool stuff like the Javascript Rollovers was gone over so rushed and with so little detail, that it would have been better to have omitted it from the book. I am sorry this book just really was not worth the money.. I would look to that HTML Quickstart book over this one any day.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Combination of Design and Code for Beginners
I like the idea of combining a designer and a developer to create an HTML book. The "family reunion" at the front of the book is banal and adds nothing to the book, but once by that, it's pretty smooth sailing.

What the book successfully does is to show that creating a good Web site is not a matter of simply knowing the code but correctly preparing the graphics and working them into HTML. They use PhotoShop 6, but I was able to fumble through using an older version of PhotoShop and even Fireworks for readying the graphics. The exercises are helpful and simple enough for beginners.

Some of the chapters, like one on bullets and horizontal rules was a bit overblown even for beginners. However, the bulk of the book is a gentle path to working with HTML and graphics. The online site (Ducks in a Row) is only so-so design wise, and the CD files needed for the exercises aren't always complete but enough to work through the exercises. The chapter on transparencies in GIF files was excellent and contained lots of good information and exercises.

My favorite part of the book lies in the Appendices. The authors compile the tags and their associated attributes in several tables so it is a good reference for later use at a more advanced level. They did not include every Maverick tag and attribute that Netscape and Microsoft like to drop in but stuck with the W3C standard as far as I could see.

Overall, when a beginner is finished with this book she'll be ready for intermediate level material for developing Web sites, and if that is the book's goal, it accomplishes it nicely.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for everyone - REALLY everyone!
The book covers all the topics you may encounter while designing a web page, whether it's a simple personal one, or a complex site. The layout of the book is great, it's easy to find everything and includes a comprehensive HTML 4.01 reference. Lots and lots of examples in the book and on the CD, so you see everything in action while you're learning the techniques. Great for both beginners and those with a knowledge of HTML, because it is so comprehensive, you will no doubt find many many things that you haven't learned yet or are not aware of.

2-0 out of 5 stars Am I alone in thinking this is not a useful book?
I did not find this book at all helpful.

One major problem is that all the graphics techniques are for users of Adobe Photoshop 6 only. How many beginning web site designers own this particularily expensive piece of software? If you havn't got Photoshop 6, DON'T BOTHER TO BUY THIS BOOK. About half of it will be useless to you.

The other half - the coding side - is OK. Just. If you really want to learn HTML, there are other books that explain it more clearly and in greater depth. And Bill and Lynda's attempts to cover more sophisticated topics are so speedy that - in my humble opinion - they might as well not be there.

As for Lynda's inimitable style, well,whether you like it or not is a matter of personal taste. But my personal taste is not for twee brother/sister/father trialogues, nor for Lynda's inyerface instructions, as if she were the only begetter of web wisdom.

I havn't read her older books, the ones that are apparently well thumbed on every web designer's desks. But this budding web designer has definitely consigned her latest tome to the bottom of her extensive pile. ... Read more

138. JavaScript Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
by David Flanagan
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-29)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 33045
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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JavaScript--the powerful, object-based scripting language that can be embedded directly into HTML pages--has earned its place in the web developer's toolkit, to the extent that it's now considered required knowledge for web developers.You can use JavaScript to create dynamic, interactive applications that run completely within a web browser.JavaScript is also the language of choice for developing Dynamic HTML content.The JavaScript Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition provides a complete overview of the core JavaScript language and client-side scripting environment, as well as quick-reference material on core and client-side objects, methods, and properties.The new edition has been revised to cover JavaScript 1.5, and is particularly useful for developers working with the latest standards-compliant web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 7, and Mozilla.Ideal as an introduction for beginners and a quick reference for advanced developers, this pocket-sized book is easy to take anywhere and serves as the perfect companion volume to the bestselling JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Complete - But Not Useless
Luckily I already had a solid handle on the basics of JavaScript before reading this book, because otherwise I'd be lost. One of the things every beginner programmer books needs is real-word examples of code with an explanation for almost EVERY line containing something new.

It sounds excessive, but if you want to learn something, that's how it works. This book, for example, seems to have devoted half a page to the built in Date() function - which is ridiculous! Dates in JavaScript are a big deal to me, and something I want to learn a lot about.

Ironically, the accompanying pocket reference that I happened to buy along with this book had more information concerning dates than the book, and answered the questions I had at the time, albeit with some guesswork on my part.

The only thing I will praise this book on for now (still going through it) is its chapter on the DOM - Document Object Model. So far it seems quite plentiful, which is good. I'm no JS buff, but it seems as if the DOM is a major part of the language.

Bottom line: do not buy this book if you're new to programming. If you already have a handle on variables, functions, arrays, and other such things, then you might be able to make do.

5-0 out of 5 stars The API guide to know and love
If you already know how to program and just need to learn the JavaScript syntax this is THE book to get. Can't wait until their SQL Pocket Reference is available!

2-0 out of 5 stars If you've already got the "Definitive Guide", skip this
I was hoping and expecting that this little book would be the same quick-and-easy reference book that e.g. the "VBScript Pocket Reference" is -- I was sadly disappointed.

Since "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide" is by the same author and publisher, I also expected this book to be a (somewhat) boiled-down version of the very thorough JavaScript Reference from that much larger book. I was even more disappointed there.

In a "pocket reference" such as this I want and need nothing more or less than an alphabetical listing of the JavaScript universe. However, this book is divided into numerous chapters that require you to already know what category the thing you seek belongs to. Since there's no index in these little books, it is useless to me as someone who's still learning this stuff. I've set my copy aside and use the "Definitive Guide" exclusively.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great to carry around with you
I've found this is a great little reference that I can carry around with me when working on creating web-related programs.

Its primarily a quick-reference guide to all the attributes on each of the common Javascript objects in the DOM (Document Object Model) and a very light overview of syntax.

Don't get this for any kind of help on actually programming Javascript .. this is just primarily a reference.

3-0 out of 5 stars just not meaty enough
I use it on occasion to refresh my memory about an attribute name or a method, but I usually have to go to the big books to get any more help than that. It's skimpy. ... Read more

139. Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps : A guide to iLife,, and more (Little Book Series)
by John Tollett, Robin Williams
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-30)
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Prepare to pounce! This book offers all the friendly, practical instruction you need to immediately take advantage of the powerfully enhanced applications that come pre-installed with Mac OS X Panther. Through tutorials, tips, and techniques you'll learn how to use each of the powerful apps--both individually and as part of an integrated, interactive suite. Robin and John also cover the features of the immensely popular .Mac account and its applications.

Whether you're a new or veteran user, you'll welcome this volume's easy approach to all that's new (and not so new) in Panther's application collection. You'll find an entire chapter on GarageBand, Apple's new consumer-level music-making software. You'll also learn everything about getting on the Internet and using email, including the greatest web browser, Safari; the way-cool iChat AV, which adds audio and video to instant messaging; an updated iTunes, which includes access to the revolutionary Apple iTunes Music Store; a powerfully updated iCal with its enhanced alarms and robust time zone support; haunting new visual effects in iMovie; updated features in the .Mac applications, including iSync, Backup, Virex, Mail, Homepage, iCards; and much more.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Very easy to follow, not overly techie. RW & JT have a good writing style and aptitude for clear explanations. The book's illustrations (screen dumps) are well chosen and relevant to the text instructions and explanations. A good teaching tool for IT's to provide for staff or clients.

Luckily I read most of the chapters before my co-worker's permanently "borrowed" it. Now I need to buy another copy. Hope RW & JT are busy writing the next edition for the recent upgrades to some of the iLife apps announced at '04 MacWorld. I'll buy that book also as soon as it's available. Howevery, most iApps have have had only minor changes to them with Panther (and the new iLife), so this current book is still very useful and well worth purchasing.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Little Mac iApps Book to get you using iApps
When you buy a computer, you get an operating system with it. When you buy a Macintosh, you get an operating system and an impressive set of most useful applications with it. You should have a book about using the Mac OS X operating system. You also need a guide for using the applications that came with it.

The Little Mac iApps Book is about the separate applications that come with Mac OS X that were not covered in Robin Williams' The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Jaguar Edition. In this one book you will find a helpful guide to:
• iLife applications -iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, and iDVD
• OS X apps - Mail, Address Book, iCal, iChat and Rendezvous, and Safari
• .Mac apps - iDisk, HomePage, WebMail, Backup, iSync, Slides Publisher, and Virex
• More Cool apps - AppleWorks Word Processing, Database, Spreadsheet, Painting, Drawing, and Presentation, plus OmiGraffle, FAXstf, and Inkwell.

More complete coverage of the iLife applications is available elsewhere, but this first section is enough to get you using these applications. If you want more information or to see a demonstration you might consider The Macintosh iLife with a DVD by Jim Heid.

The section on Mac OS X apps is, I believe, the only source that covers all of these applications and it does so with enough information to really use them. It is presented so that it is easy reading and the beginner can understand it.

Safari is still in Beta but is quite stable and has already become the favorite Internet browser for many of us. This is the only book I know of with Safari information like these two examples: To save or e-mail a link, drag the icon that is immediately to the left of the URL. To open a link in a new window behind the current window shift-Command click on it. "I can go to a search results page and open a dozen windows in five seconds."

The section on .Mac apps may be enough to get you to sign up to become a .Mac user.

The section on AppleWorks applications is presented as a tutorial. For example the chapter on the AppleWorks database compares records to recipe cards and tells you how to construct an address book which you can easily modify to fit other collections. There is a minor error where it advises you to use a character field for a telephone number and a number field for a ZIP code. The ZIP code should also be in a character field so that leading zeros display.

This is a well written and clearly presented book which should appeal to most Mac OS X users because you really should have a guide to all of the applications that come with Mac OS X.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book ought to come in the box with every new Mac!
This book is 'hot off the presses,' having been published on April 10, 2003. I guess I was thinking about iLife, because I expected it to cover only iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto and iDVD. But to my surprise, it covers them and much more.

It also covers Mail, Address Book, iCal, iChat and Rendezvous, Safari, Appleworks, Omnigraffle, FaxSTF, Inkwell and all of the .Mac features, including iDisk, iCards, HomePage, WebMail, Backup, iSync, Slides Publisher and Virex. Phew! I'm glad I don't have to say that - I'd run out of breath.

I get a lot of questions from people who are converting from other e-mail apps to Mail, so I looked through Chapter 5 (Mail and Address Book) to see if the most common questions were covered. They were. The AppleWorks Chapter (17) is divided into six sections: Word Processing, Database, Spreadsheet, Painting, Drawing, and Presentation. They cover all the basics you need to get started with these tools.

Tollett and Williams tell us how to rip CDs, import and edit movies, work with iPhoto, create a chat room in iChat, edit, publish and subscribe to calendars using iCal, make a web location from any link in Safari, publish a slide show on your .Mac account, customize the button bar in AppleWorks, and so much more. the information is presented in simple, logical, straight-forward steps.

This book ought to come in the box with every new iMac, eMac and iBook. It covers everything the beginning user of these apps needs to know. ... Read more

140. Alex Homer's Professional ASP 3.0 Web Techniques
by Alex Homer
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Asin: 1861003218
Catlog: Book (2000-02)
Publisher: Wrox Press
Sales Rank: 271145
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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One of the attractions Web development offers to programmers is the endless possibility to learn new tricks, exploit the latest technology, and continually build more efficient sites. In Alex Homer's Professional ASP Web Techniques, programmer extraordinaire Alex Homer shares some of his favorite Active Server Pages (ASP) tips and illustrates how to make the most of the technology cards you're dealt.

This book focuses on ASP 3 programming on the Windows 2000 platform, and Homer makes it clear in the introduction that the reader should already be familiar with ASP and general Web development. He wastes no time getting down to business, showing how to dish up dynamic sites, and opening your mind to the concept of a single-page site that relies on database records to produce an unlimited number of pages of content. The book doesn't follow a definite "bottom up" track. Instead, it flows more like a conversation with the author--complete with a "Plug and Play" chapter comprising juicy tidbits that don't fit neatly in the other chapters.

Homer's examples of implementing cross-browser compatible framesets and sophisticated line and pie graphs of user and site statistics are especially intriguing and useful. All of the techniques are presented with a balanced combination of screen shots, code snippets, and commentary.

The author wraps up this fun book with a "Blue Sky" chapter, in which he shares some of his knowledge of upcoming technologies such as ASP+, XHTML, BizTalk, COM+, and more. This is a fitting conclusion to a very engaging guide to ASP. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: Dynamic page design, browser compatibility, access control, remote administration, error handling, broken link management, user tracking and statistics charting, e- mail integration, XML, certificates, and ASP components. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The topping of an ASP cake.
Some people, so it seems, expected Alex Homer to break ground rules with his knowledge of ASP. He is a wonderful writer and a terrific programmer, but he's also just another joe. This book will not teach you to programbetter, it'll teach to think better about designing certain scenario whereASP is needed. It'll show you new and innovative ways to solveproblems.

It doesn't mean you need to be an expert to understand thisbook, anyone can understand it. The experienced ones will know what to doto make those ideas work, the newbies will know where to look forinformation to make these things work. This book is for everybody. It'svery useful when you come to a point when you have the technical knowledge,but don't know what to do with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Must if you have worked in ASP for 2-3 months
This is not the book to start with but an excellent resource I would always like to keep with me once I am aware of ASP and want to go further into the details which not everyone knows.

2-0 out of 5 stars ASP Tricks OK
I have spent a good amount of time working with ASP and other forms of VBscripting. This book has taught a thing or two about ASP, but I believe that it would have been much more useful for me as I was learning to usethe technology. I believe this book has little to reveal to experts butit's something very useful to have if you're a casual programmer orteacher.

Homer deals with a great number of common ASP problems, errorsand how to make scrips more efficient and reliable. ... Read more

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