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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
Usability that makes sense

This is a thin book, folks! But it's packed with tons of useful info and hints: Improve the homepage, navigation (main, secondary, other levels), "I'm here" signs (breadcrumbs, page titles, site IDs), page noise reduction, page scannability, and more. All this information is scattered on the web, but the author has done well by putting them together and presenting them in a way that makes sense.

Mr. Krug does a good job of explaining how you can better your website by using common sense web usability. The author is also not afraid to share too much of his knowledge with you, which makes for enlightening and pleasant reading. Open the book at any chapter, dive in, and learn; that's the sign of a good book.

What this book is not: If you are new to website developing and need knowledge of HTML, CSS, and other web standards, do not buy this book. This book is for those who have already designed or built one or several websites, and are looking for ways to better the web experience of their visitors, and make (more) sales in the process. However, you could consider buying this book if you wanted to design websites `the usable way' right from the start, thereby avoiding going through several redesigns later on.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Kernel Methods for Pattern Analysis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: John Shawe-Taylor, Nello Cristianini
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE reference work

This book will, without doubt, become THE reference work in kernel methods for pattern recognition, and a must read for pattern recognition researchers and practitioners in general.

It's built up in a nicely modular, accessible and didactive way, helping the reader understand thoroughly what kernel methods are all about and importantly, how to use them. This makes the book very useful as a cook book for practitioners, as well as a text book for students.

The book covers all the relevant topics in the state of the art of kernel methods, a field of research in which the authors have been a driving force since the beginning. Even so, they managed to resist the temptation from squeezing in the(ir) latest (potentially still unstable) results, which greatly enhances the timelessness of the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programmer's Cookbook
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fast answers to 318 problems

This is exactly the book I've been looking for. It has practical how-to code that covers every aspect of the (impossibly huge) .NET framework. Recipes are lean, well explained, and very practical. This is one book I know I'll return to again and again. And when I'm done with the 318 recipes in here, I hope to get more online (the author has posted new recipes at his website http://www.prosetech.com/vbcookbook -- hopefully more will come in the future). Overall, I can't say enough about this book. Highly recommended!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Cram (Exam: 350-001)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Henry Benjamin, Dmitry Bokotey, Thomas M. Thomas II
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is excellent

This book is a nice idea but there are many mistakes in it. Definitions on canonical verses non-canonical, MTU of Token Ring, etc.