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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good all-around guide


This book is an excellent source for anyone who wants to develop good, easy to use sites. Sometimes the author advocates too much use of text-based only sites. But, overall it's worth spending the small amount of money to purchase it. I'm currently reading it for the 2nd time.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Marco Bellinaso, Kevin Hoffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A rare gem


If you've learned a little C# and ASP.NET then I can think of no quicker way of learning how to use them than working through this book.
The book has only about 500 pages but it moves very swiftly and contains a huge amount of information. It covers the creation of a complete web site containing many commonly used modules such as news, forums, mailing lists, and polls. The entire web site source code can be downloaded from Wrox.com and is indeed needed as the book sometimes skips over the more mundane bits. To get the best from it you should have a working knowledge of C# and ASP.NET and have a few related reference books on hand. I have got most from this book while creating a new website based on their code.
My own area of interest is more in client-server applications than in web sites but what I immediately liked about the book was the data access base classes they created simply that could be used for any client-server system. They also show the implementation of error handling onto the asp page base class that provides for easy yet robust error handling on all served pages. They show the extension of ASP.NET authentication to provide your own tiers of user-based security. They cover the use of many of the basic ASP.NET controls and provide a level of coverage which I was unable to get from the Microsoft documentation. They cover the design and implementation of a database using SQL Server. All in all there a lot here of interest to anyone creating any type of database application.
Wrox are obviously making an effort to get their example code right, something they have too often failed to do in the past. This website works. I was able to get it up and running within 20 minutes.
In summary I guess you could say I am seriously impressed. Well done Wrox.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Camel is still the best.


Wall states up front that you should read another book to learn the basics. He then goes on to turn out the definitive Perl reference.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Resource for Experienced Developers


This book provides experienced developers with a broad survey of Windows application development with VB.Net and C#. It provides enough information to get you started developing .Net applications. It is on-par with previous MS offerings and provides about 50%-60% of the material necessary to pass the certification exam. You will still have to dig deeper into other sources to pick up the remaining 40% to 50%. The new practice exam uses the same user interface as the real thing and the questions are tougher than previous exam prep materials from MS. I would recommend this book to experienced Visual Studio 6 developers. Not geared toward beginning developers.