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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Nielsen speaks for those who use the Web


As a Web site designer, I rely on Jakob Nielsen as the voice of my conscience. While I attempt to push the aesthetic qualities of my work, Nielsen's voice (or at least what I imagine his voice to be) echoes in my ears, reminding me of the needs of those who will actually use the sites I design.
Nielsen is a worthy advocate for Web users, and he communicates their needs and expectations well through his articulate and well-informed opinions. Sure, some of them seem like common sense; look around on the Web, though, and you'll find that common sense isn't always that common.
So, do I always obey my conscience? Well, ah... no. But I feel that my Web problem-solving skills have been improved substantially by knowing Nielsen's point of view. I may not always agree with his opinions, but I wouldn't dream of ignoring them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: Access to SQL Server
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Susan Sales Harkins, Martin W.P. Reid
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exellent Resource for SQL Server and Access


This book is well written and easy to follow. The explanations are written in clear language and instructions are written out step by step. The book is well organized which means it's easy to use it more as a reference book. But, it is such a pleasure to read, you want want to skip a single page. This book covers both very elemental aspects of SQL, but also has much to offer the more experienced user.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
First book on XSLT is an excellent reference


This first and as of yet only book that focuses entirely on XSLT is an excellent reference, and a must have for XSLT newbies and advanced users alike.
If you're just starting with XSLT, this book will explain the basics, guide you through the more difficult concepts, and get you started quickly.
If you're an intermediate or advanced XSLT programmer, this book is the reference you've been missing up till now! Four chapters listing XSLT/XPath elements, expressions, functions, and patterns make this book a complete reference.
Without a doubt, buy it if you're using XSLT.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Guide for HTML starts!


I'm a professional web developer, and I got my start a little over a two years ago with a version 2 of this book. I still keep that book on my desk, so if I get stuck, all I need to do is reach over and look it up.
The new edition is even better, and I have that on my shelf too, right next to the old one. Its a great guide for people who have never made a website before, and people who need to get current on the w3c standard. The book teaches HTML mostly in HTML 3.2, but later in the book, it teaches 4.0 and I am now comfortable in both.
If you want to learn HTML, buy this book!