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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Carol O'Rourke, Neal Fishman, Warren Selkow
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Verbose introduction to subject but lacks depth


This is more of a "What" than a "How" book, and it does clearly [if somewhat verbosely] describe the Zachman Framework. It also provides implementation advice (the "How"), but that information is not as clearly laid out as it is in "Enterprise Architecture Planning" (ISBN 0471599859).
I like this book because it is business-focused, and painstakingly describes the Zachman Framework and how it clearly provides a multidimensional view of business-technology alignment. It also reflects the latest thinking with respect to the framework, including Zachman DNA (Depth iNtegrating Architecture), which is missing from "Enterprise Architecture Planning" I cited above. It also contains some unique perspectives that I haven't found in other books, such as how to use the framework outside of IT (Appendix C), and how to map careers to the framework (Appendix D).
What is missing from this book, and others like it, is a disclosure of the dark side of the framework if an organization fully commits to it. One such problem is once you've mapped your enterprise architecture to the Zachman Framework's matrix, a change in any cell will cause a ripple effect throughout the matrix. As time goes on this effect becomes a barrier to changes or requires high maintenance to keep the architecture in synch with the business and technology components. This does not diminish the value of the Zachman Framework as a way to view the enterprise, but should forewarn you that implementing it as a principle methodology is a step that should be carefully considered before committing.
That said, this book is one I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering the Zachman Framework, or who is seeking an approach to clearly viewing an enterprise from multiple dimensions in order to cut through complexity and see the big picture. I also recommend that you visit the Zachman Institute (see ASIN B00016NEXI) to see the latest work and additional information.



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
Give this to the CEO


If you're trying to improve the way your web site works, and you need help getting your boss to understand why your organisation needs a usability or user-centred design approach, buy this book.
It's short and easy to read, with a light tone but a serious message. Krug gets the point over very effectively. Wait till the boss has read it before you ask for a budget.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome Instructions


This book has everything you need to build an awesome website! It gives easy examples in both Microsoft, which I use, and Macintosh, as well.
It is very informative. I use mine all the time! It has a really easy to use Table of Contents; You can find just about anything you want in a matter of seconds.
Thanks to this book, I am well on my way to having a great site. I bought it with "Sam's Learn HTML in 24 hours" book, and combined they really helped me to learn quickly.
I suggest both of them, because at some point one book will be really clear on a particular subject, and the other may not.
If you plan on making a site, instead of getting some dumb 'do it for you' program, get this book and teach yourself HTML! You will be happy you did.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book I am glad I read it.


I liked this book a lot. I liked the way the author rewrote some web pages and then displayed them so the reader could understand better. This book made me rethink my stand on pop-up menus and reexamine taglines. The author wrote this book for beginners and advanced users. So yes Mr. Krug does talk about how good tabs are for navigation. But aren't they. The only thing that did not interest me a whole lot was the last four chapters which were about web design teams, how to do usability testing and then what to do with the results. This is only a hobby for now and I have no budget. But in the author's defense he does talk about how to do testing on 10 cents a day. I think this book has helped my site and I am glad that I bought it.