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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good, by Design

Nowadays, every computer user can easily create documents that are far more graphic then a typed page, like brochures, stationary and even web pages. But the computer and its software can't apply good design principles. That's up to the user, who often has no design training. This little book teaches basic design and typographic skills.

This book is quite amazing. The individual untrained in design can read the whole book in several hours and learn enough to provide a major improvement in graphic output. Williams explains four basic principles of design that are simple and straightforward and can be applied to every graphic design project. The author then shows how to apply these principles to specific kinds of projects. Finally, she discusses typefaces, or fonts, and the way they should be used, in a way that's so clear that I wonder why it ever took me so long to learn the differences.

And that's the book. Short, sweet, well written and extremely helpful. If you are a visual novice and you have a graphic design project, read this book and you'll turn out products that can look as good as something a professional designer would create.

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
beginning linux programming

This book is excellent for those who have a basic understanding on ANSI C, as well as the Unix/Linux operating system, and wish to begin programming for the platform. It is well written and touches on a wide variety of subjects such as sockets, X programming, CGI, shell scripting, etc. An excellent investment!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THe Best book on the C Language

"The C Programming Language" is *the* book about this subject. Almost everything I know about this wonderful language came from this book. There are lots of *reallife* examples and nice exercises. If you want to lean C this book is what you need

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax, Ron Petrusha
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
VBScript is not just for ASP development...

More often than not, your first encounter with VBScript will be when trying to edit an ASP script to upload to your site. For this reason, VBScript is closely associated with Active Server Pages and is one of the reasons why I often recommend that VBScript in a Nutshell and ASP in a Nutshell should sit next to each other on any ASP developers bookshelf!
VBScript is one of the most friendly internet scripting languages around for anyone that is completely new to the programming scene. Having said that, if you are like me and like to have reference books to hand then you can't go wrong with this one.
VBScript in a Nutshell covers all the basics of the language, including structure, data types and error handling. The actual reference section takes up more than half the book, and lists tips and gotchas as well as examples when they are needed.
There are times when I've confused this book with ASP in a Nutshell, as it also covers some of the objects I have learned to associate with ASP rather than the Windows Scripting Host. You will find that references to the FileSystemObject and Dictionary objects overlap in both books, but it is necessary to have this overlap for those that own either one or the other.