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Javascript and Ajax for the Web (Visual QuickStart Guides)
Javascript and Ajax for the Web (Visual QuickStart Guides)
by Tom Negrino
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginners, 4 Mar 2007
This is a great book for beginners, i.e. developers who have little or no JavaScript knowledge. QuickStart books always have hands-on examples which is useful as it lets you see how stuff works straight-away without getting too bogged down in code.

I read through the book quickly (as I'm comfortable with PHP and already know a bit of JavaScript) but it gave me a good solid base knowledge & when I started writing my own little scripts, I had the book on my side as reference to iron out my beginner mistakes.

One element which was missing was information about accessibility and graceful degradation, so I'd recommend that once you've finished reading the QuickStart book you get yourself a book by [...] to understand how to use Ajax without making a site inaccessible (e.g. javascript turned off).

But even with this info missing this is a really useful beginner's guide to JavaScript & Ajax. It's hands-on, covers all the important bits & pieces and gives enough examples so that beginners can see how scripts work in action. Buy this book together with a book by [...] and your JavaScript library is sorted!


Intempo IDS-01B Compact 2.0 Speaker For iPod, MP3 And Other Audio Devices - Black
Intempo IDS-01B Compact 2.0 Speaker For iPod, MP3 And Other Audio Devices - Black

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value for money, 27 July 2006
I bought this just before Amazon reduced the price .. oh well, that's life.

Anyway for the review: it's a very good product at this price! Quick to set up, sound is okay for my purposes, easy to dock (iPod Nano).

Switching beytween using it for iPod and as PC speakers is a bit fiddly - basically, I need to unconnect the AUX cable when using it for iPod but at the price, I'm not arguing. AUX cable was not included, USB & Power Cable were.

Be careful with the volume control though - volume differs between iPod and PC usage, and there's no indication at what volume the speakers are currently set, so you might wake up the whole neighbourhood :)

The docking station is pretty flexible - there are few add-ons to make the various Pods fit better but they're basically just plastic bits so it's easy to stick the iPod in.

Overall - I recommend it as a low-price solution for both iPod & PC speakers. Neat and of good size, fits well into my office space. And at that price, what's there to argue? Just get one and enjoy!


The Seducer (Jonas Wergeland Trilogy 1)
The Seducer (Jonas Wergeland Trilogy 1)
by Jan Kjærstad
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars imaginative & unlike any other - best book in a long time!, 20 Mar 2006
I won't even try to describe this book - because I know I'd fail. But if you love reading and are fed up with quickly-churned out "bestsellers", then give this book a try. Imaginative down to the last detail, unconventionally told, a great read. I'm only sorry that the book had to end and that there are not other books by the author available in English translation.


Vanity Fair (Wordsworth Classics)
Vanity Fair (Wordsworth Classics)
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy classic but a huge book, 7 July 2005
Worthy classic, enjoyed reading it, but it is a huge book and for modern readers sometimes quite slow moving. Having said that, the story and characters of Vanity Fair still apply today and it deserves its status as a classic quite rightly.


In Between Dreams
In Between Dreams
Price: £13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful summer album with mellow sounds, 7 July 2005
This review is from: In Between Dreams (Audio CD)
A fantastic summer album, especially for rainy days! Mellow, beautifully crafted, this album makes you believe the Californian Sun is somewhere just round the corner. I love the "Banana Pankcakes" song which talks about just staying in on a rainy day and "Do you remember" which talks about having been together for ten years and remembering how it all started. Beautiful.


Good Small Business Guide: How to Start and Grow Your Own Business (Business the Ultimate Resource)
Good Small Business Guide: How to Start and Grow Your Own Business (Business the Ultimate Resource)
by Kathy Rooney
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Concise, 23 Nov 2004
If you're like me, that is setting up your own business in the spare bedroom, then you can do with good, concise help - and this book delivers it. Structured into short essays, it makes it easy to find relevant advice when it's needed.
The essays are well written and give practical and thorough advice, plus lots of tips where to find more information if needed. Also very much enjoyed the case study section in the middle of the book.
A well thought-out book which is worth the investment.


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