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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
I read it and i pass

It was all i need to pass my network+ exam, very complete, well explain.

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
Some clues for the clueless

This book has improved every document I've created for at least half a decade. Computing is my trade, but bookmaking and related paper craft are my hobbies, so I'm awash in text on paper and on the monitor screen. From flyers, signs and term papers to greeting cards, books, web pages and technical documents, I've been applying Williams' techniques to great effect.
Her ideas are so simple, you'll wonder why you didn't think of them instinctively. The first half of the book focuses on four design principles: Alignment, Contrast, Proximity and Repetition. You'll be amazed at how supersizing a heading font or choosing a right side aligment can change a document. The rest of the book focuses on how to select and use fonts/type, emphasizing their use with the design principles. If you've been centering every item on an invitation or webpage or you've thought Times New Roman is the only font you'd ever need, this book will open you eyes and improve your work.
There are great before and after pics and even quizzes on the reading and techniques. Don't worry, answers are included.I've taken DTP courses and have purchased other graphic design books, but this book has pretty much become my design bible. Beginners and experienced designers alike will benefit from this book. Numerous examples of brochures, flyers, resumes, business cards and other items should spur your creativity for some time to come.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The original and still the best design patterns book

Heavy reading out of context, but fulfilling nonetheless. Not for the cover-to-cover reader.
I would recommend browsing through it once, to get exposure to what it contains, and then to refer to it whenever you see a situation that you think you can apply one of the patterns to.
If, like me, you have migrated to design and analasys from a hands-on programming background, and lack the professional education - this is the only book you will need.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great introduction to ASP.NET

If you are a (pre .NET) VB programmer and want to get started fast on ASP .NET using VB .NET, then this book is just for you. It is well written and well structured, so you find the things you want where you'd expect them to be, and understand them, too!
It doesn't rely on MS VSNET, so you can actually do everything with a text editor, but it does show how things are done with VS.
The examples not only clarify the points being made, they also are well chosen and are really useful, saving you lots of time when programming your own apps.
All in all, a GREAT book. I highly recommend it.