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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: AutoCAD 2000: No Experience Required
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Frey
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but written for Architects & I'm not..

Frey does one of the best jobs of teaching a TERRIBLY complex subject I have encountered. When I bought Autocad, I never imagined in today's world of computing/programming expertise, such an un-intuitive system could continue to survive.If you don't plan to use Autocad every day of your life, don't buy it. And, if you already have it, buy this book immediately!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To the point and simple to understand

This has got to be the best Javascript book for beginners around by far. The book covers every aspect of Javascript i.e. variables, arrays, control structures, conditional statements etc. This has also got to be the first Javascript book I have ever read that actually bothers to point out the difference between the BOM and the DOM. Most books just suggest everything is part of the DOM, but not this one.
The authors writing style is gentle and there are numerous code examples throughout the book to reinforce the theory. This clearly isn't a book for those who only want to learn a few Javascript tricks; this book is for those who have a serious interest and commitment to learning the language, as it is the kind of book that can take a few months to get through.
If I have any criticism of this book it would be the DHTML sections. Although it is nice to see how Javascript interacts with other languages, I feel this book goes overboard with DHTML. It can't teach you DHTML as well, so you'd be happy with a taster, but this taster goes on to long. It also has a basic ASP tutorial, and a tutorial that shows how to connect your web pages to a database. I found these two tutorials very useful.
Although not all properties and methods are covered (most are listed in the Appendix) the book still does what it sets out to do, and that is teach you Javascript, and it does an excellent job of that. Buy it, you won't regret it!!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing IT as a Business : A Survival Guide for CEOs
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Mark Lutchen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Valuable to all levels of business & IT management

Both Business and IT managers will find useful insights in this book. The collection of case studies along with the presented analytical framework provide a solid foundation for addressing many of the classic technology management issues.
In addition the book helps examine the functional business aspects of running an IT function. How refreshing to finally read book that offers practical information on how to effectively run an IT organization!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
right to the point, concise but comprehensive.

For anyone who is just learning Linux this book is an excellent source of information and means of organizing, what on the outside may seem very ambigious.