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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's a nice book about system program


I like the book every sample all nice. The author is very earnest. I wish who don't like the book must read it again. It is really a nice book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid intro to all aspects of XML with plenty of meat


After reading bits and pieces of the XML spec as well as random XML tutorials I found on the Web, I knew I needed a solid book to jump start my understanding of XML. This book is it. I've only read through the first few chapters, but I'm confident that I'm on my way to a complete understanding of XML, XSL, and many related technologies. The writing style is very pleasant to read and there are tons of examples. Based on my research, this is *the* place to start (and possibly end) as far as XML books go.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: FrameMaker(R) 7: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Sarah S. S. O'Keefe, Sheila A. A. Loring
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best reference for structured FrameMaker information


This book is not a good reference. You can get much better information out of the Adobe documentation.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Hands-On Training (Hands on Training (H.O.T))
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Garo Green
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Cutesy and Wordy


I should warn you up front that MX 2004 is the first version of Dreamweaver I've used, and this is the only book on Dreamweaver I've gone through. Veterans of Dreamweaver may have a different perspective on this book.
That said, the book isn't wearing well for me. I have so far worked through Chapter 7, and taken frequent peeks at the chapters to come. At first, I was impressed by the detailed and numerous screen shots, but then I began noticing all kinds of small discrepancies between the text and the screen shots.
Furthermore, I'm using the Mac version of the software. If you only read Chapter 1 in the bookstore, it looks as if Mac and Windows screen shots get about equal time. In point of fact, don't expect to see any Mac screen shots after Chapter 2, and some of the ones that are included are misleading and/or mislabeled. I realize that there must have been great time pressure to get this book out near the release date for the software, but it would have been nice to have a Mac user work through and proofread this book.
Finally, I find the writing style irritating. There are lots of smileys in the text, which make it seem much less professional to me, and the author tries to keep a conversational tone, but it often just seems too cute.