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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Usability Jihad!


Nielsen, the usability guru (extremist?) and Tahir goes on a crusade against well-known sites, attacking the weak points in terms of usability of each site (they call it "deconstructing").
In spite of the somewhat extreme view of homepage design (what did you expect from Nielsen?), this book is very useful to get a purely-usability viewpoint.
The first part of the book gives statistical data on the placement of various components of a homepage, such as the logo, search, etc. This is important in usability since users will spend more time on other sites than on yours. The data gives a good guideline on the basic page structure of a usable web page.
The other part of the book is the part that "deconstructs" the homepages of the 50 sites. This part is well-illustrated, with first a clean screenshot of the page followed by one with the weaknesses pointed out. This part is an excellent way to learn usability inductively; the 50 case studies are ample for one to practice her usability critiquing skills, which would be useful to use on one's own site.
This book is focused on usability -- not entirely helpful if you are trying to design a pretty site. Also, don't try too hard to satisfy all of Jakob's usability requirements, or your site might end up looking like useit.com.
This book belongs to the bookshelf of every web designer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hardening Cisco Routers (O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Thomas Akin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book


As a professional, I feel the ratings on these books can be very important. In the case of the reviewer Ron C., who doesn't really have a use for the book, should not give books a low rating because the information isn't useful to him but recommends it highly for someone who is interested in the topic. I do need the information in this book and it is an excellent book with pertinent information.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Almost perfect


This book is a perfect guide for those who want to write effective, maintainable and well structured HTML. CSS does have some nifty features, which you must read a book like this one to discover. The only downside is that it does not cover CSS2, it only provides an overview. CSS2 is very useful for styling XML documents, which I think he should have covered considering the recent publishing date of the book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book!


if you are learning CCNA by yourself and have a ciscopress book, but just understand half of the stuff, this book clear any doubt about the subject, its written in natural language, easier to understand than any other book of networking.