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CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
by Andy Budd
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars but not quite, 21 Mar. 2009
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Of all the CSS books I've bought and burnt the midnight oil with [so far] this is without doubt the best. It does not mess about. It tells you how to do it, why to do it and then does it with a short simple example. Bit by bit these small nibbles of concentrated information forms bites, then gradually, almost without you noticing, the CSS concept comes into focus.

This book is simple and straight forward. You will learn easily and without cranial auto-depilatory concerns. I recommend it highly. Why not 5 stars? It's a little short and needs more depth for true Nirvana. However, it comes real close. Want the whole 9-yards? Then get this to start with and then CSS - The missing Manual.


Franklin SDU320 Handheld Sudoku Game by Nikoli
Franklin SDU320 Handheld Sudoku Game by Nikoli

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by appearances, 13 Mar. 2009
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This product is 100% 'cheap and nasty', especially the latter; typical of the worst far-eastern multi-million sweat-shop items that are made to look good in the picture but are complete rubbish on arrival.

There is no way of recording possible candidates in squares. You enter what you think or you don't. Try doing the really hard levels without 'candidates'!

Just to really make your day there is a sharp, penetrating beep every time you touch the screen with the pointer. Try doing a Sudoku on the bus or the tube and you're guaranteed a carriage to yourself or physical assault before the next stop. No sound control is provided, not for volume or switch off.

Absolute rubbish - it went straight in the bin. If you still buy - then please don't say you weren't warned. Short of unhelpful but probably satisfying expletives I can find no other words to express my complete unhappiness with this item.
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Real History of World War II, The: A New Look at the Past
Real History of World War II, The: A New Look at the Past
by Alan Axelrod
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best you'll find in a long day's march., 27 Sept. 2008
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Excellent. Recounting the key events of World War II, this book explores the war's ideological, nationalistic and economic causes; probes the motivation of those involved, including Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt and Truman. It also provides a narrative of the entire course of the struggle, which unfolded simultaneously in many places. Reads like an engrossing novel, delivers like a howitzer. Read it.


Adobe Illustrator Gone Wild
Adobe Illustrator Gone Wild
by David Karlins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 27 Aug. 2008
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The wildest thing about this book is the title. Content is poor quality and relatively unusable in most day to day Illustrator work. Look elsewhere.


Email Survival Guide
Email Survival Guide
by Paul Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot - spread thin, 8 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Email Survival Guide (Hardcover)
On the glowing 5 star recommendations of six other reviewers I had high hopes for this mini paper-backed sized book with hard covers. In spite of its limited page real estate the content, whilst mainly pertinent and mostly accurate, is spread far too thin. It's like my bank account, not a lot in it. This is a niche area which is far from oversubscribed. There was huge opportunity here to make a significant impact on an area of increasing general public interest. It wimped out. Maybe somebody else will do better soon. Let's hope so. Until then hang on to your cash and Google a few good queries on the Net.


Joomla! A User's Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website
Joomla! A User's Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website
by Barrie M. North
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good book, abandoned - but not for long!, 24 May 2008
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What a pity - this is an excellent first book on Joomla 1.5 - probably the best but now it has been relegated to nothing but a course in frustration. The book [not unreasonably] is based on Joomla 1.5. Since then Joomla progressed through 1.5.1, 1.5.2 to 1.5.3 [at the time of writing]. Sadly 1.5.2 was quite a big update and changed many Joomla admin menus etc. making the book quite out of step to a current downloaded copy of Joomla.

But here comes the tragedy. The once active forum has virtually fallen into disuse - checkout the posting frequency and dates. The author seems to have fled from cyperspace and his recent responses are notable by their absence. A suggestion that it would be useful to find a source of Joomla 1.5.0 installation has gone unheeded for a week and even a request to the author to know if in fact it is that version that was originally used.

I think we all appreciate it can take at least six months to get into print. Meanwhile a rugged growing youngster like Joomla will have a degree of metamorphosis but not to have recourse to forum support is a distinct disadvantage. The book merits five stars - if the Joomla version it was based on was available. Whilst it isn't one wonders if one should buy it at all. Only you, dear reader, can decide. If you do, get a few Sherlock Holmes primers in the same order is my tip.

Update: 31/05/2008 - after a short[ish] delay of a week, the forum finally got a lead from the author on where to get a copy of the 1.5.0 [book] version of Joomla. This makes all the difference - thank you. However, the author then appears to use registrations on the forum to promote other books and services by email. Is this SPAM or just agressive marketing? You decide.


Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 How-tos: 100 Essential Techniques
Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 How-tos: 100 Essential Techniques
by David Karlins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.51

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic and not a lot new if you know CS2, 22 Jun. 2007
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If you're starting with Dreamweaver this book will be a good second book - a quick reminder of all the basic techniques you learnt in your first Dreamweaver CS3 book. And that's the best thing one can say about it. That's just about its only viable station on your bookshelf.
If you want a first CS3 book this certainly isn't it. If you want an advanced CS3 it isn't either. If you're already up to speed with CS2 then this book will show you less than 20 of new or different material - all easily and quickly available on the Net for free.
IMHO think carefully before parting with your cash for this one - you can do a whole lot better elsewhere.


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