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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Struts: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
easily the best book on Struts


well i spent an afternoon looking through struts books at borders and this one was the best. my friend bought the o'reilly book and it was outdated. this book has the latest coverage and is the easiest to follow. enjoy it!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Starts slow and low, ends high and fly.


This is the best MFC book ever. Conversational style, and authoritative reference. He puts logic into the nonsensical, and starts slow (no appwizard shtuff and confusion until chapter 4) so everyone can understand. In chapter 4, he slowly walks you through your first simple program involving Visual C++ 6.0's mfc appwizard. This book was made for those who have no clue about the MFC tutorials (95% of those who use Visual C 6.0) in the MSDN library, but yet want to understand MFC someday.
However, know your inheritance of classes in C++ before reading. Reading Programming Windows 5th Edition by Charles Petzold before this isn't a bad idea either, but it isn't required, it just makes a much greater appreciation of MFC. MFC still doesn't stand totally on it's own without the win32 API either, but it comes pretty close. The last word of warning is that it is geared to the Visual C 6.0 compiler. So for those with Insprise, you aren't out of luck (it facilitates understanding 1000% still), just some of the stuff about using appwizards (which, come in handy) isn't going to apply to you. Prosise makes compensation for those with other compilers.
At the end, he goes into a pretty good COM ActiveX, and OLE tutorial (and how they apply to MFC) but nothing huge (a mere 220 pages).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent reference


This book, as the title suggests, is mostly a reference book which contains huge amount of information on HTML, Javascript, DOM, and CSS. The applying DHTML section of the book, which is about 165 pages long, will get you up to speed with DHTML and most of the common tasks that a web developer will encounter. The teaching section is well written, with good examples, detailed diagrams and screenshots so that the readers can actually get a picture of what they are learning. Overall, this is THE book for DHTML, and I strongly recommand it to everyone out there.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Real Eye-Opener!


This book really made me look at web sites in a completely different way. While surfing, we've all come across sites that we don't quite "get" right away; usually we don't spend more than a couple of seconds trying to figure them out before we move on to something else. As the book says - web users are like sharks: if they don't keep moving, they'll die. Of course you don't want people leaving your site because they can't be bothered to figure it out. "Don't Make Me Think" explains exactly why some sites don't work and how to fix them.
One of my favorite things is that Krug asks you to look at actual web pages (pictured in the book in full color) and try to figure out what they are about and how to use them. You become a usability test subject! Turn the page and he gives you his ideas about why it works or doesn't work.
Another aspect of the book you may find useful is the guidelines for holding your own usability tests. It's can be a much simpler process than you might think. These sections include a sample test script, the kind of tools and environment you'd need, and URLs to more helpful stuff (including a confidentiality/permissions agreement you can ask a test subject to sign).
Oh, and the book was very readable, quite funny, and to the point - it only took a few hours to read. The size of the book would actually have been disappointing given the price if the book hadn't have been so useful and interesting.