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Stunning CSS3: A Project-Based Guide to the Latest in CSS (Voices That Matter)
Stunning CSS3: A Project-Based Guide to the Latest in CSS (Voices That Matter)
by Zoe Gillenwater
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.79

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable book on the latest CSS techniques, 3 July 2011
It's not often I read a book and feel like I've learnt something new after every page; however this was exactly what I felt after reading Stunning CSS3.

Previously I'd known some of what CSS3 was capable of - rounded borders, box shadows, semi-transparency with RGBA - but I'd not seen such a complete overview of what's new in CSS3, or as many real-world examples of how its features could be used in combination, as offered by this book.

What I liked about this book was the emphasis on progressive enhancement; that we should be striving to give visitors with the latest browsers the best possible experience, while still presenting a perfectly acceptable experience to visitors with less modern browsers. The author did a good job of explaining current browser support for each feature, and how to implement features in such a way that older browsers still render the page nicely.

If I have one criticism it would be that too much time was covered on workarounds for IE6. Sure, cross-browser compatibility is important, but IE6 is ten years old now and any web designer or developer picking up this book shouldn't expect the examples to be supported.

A lot of focus was also given to usability and efficiency, for example reducing HTTP requests by replacing images with styles. You may not think this is particularly important (with broadband speeds now pretty commonplace), but with mobile browser usage growing fast this is still worth being aware of.

The term "responsive web" is this year's buzzword and this book dedicates a chapter on designing for various screen sizes through media queries. Not only is this incredibly useful for mobile designs, but designing for larger screens too (e.g. internet-enabled TVs).

Finally I was pleased that even parts of CSS3 with little or no browser support are covered. The flexible box model was completely new to me and I look forward to being able to use this once all browsers catch up with the spec.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am itching to start using media queries, web fonts, transforms, and a whole bunch of other CSS3 goodies soon.


Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC)
Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC)
Offered by Software Direct UK
Price: £119.00

153 of 164 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value... but where's Outlook?, 31 Jan. 2007
This is fantastic value for the Home and Student edition of Office that, unlike the Student and Teacher version it replaces, can be used be *all* home users. I would've jumped at the chance of buying Office 2007 for less than £100... if only it contained Outlook.

I honestly can't think why Microsoft decided to remove this essential application from the home edition of their Office suite. It's without doubt my most-used Office application, and by excluding it they're only going to drive existing users to rival (and mostly free) products such as Mozilla Thunderbird, which while being so much better than the dreadful Outlook Express (now known as "Windows Mail" in Vista), doesn't quite include all the functionality of Outlook.

If you don't use Outlook much but do use a lot of Word, Excel and PowerPoint then this is a must-have upgrade. The new Office 2007 versions of these products are truly ground-breaking and will definitely increase your productivity and efficiency. Those used to having Outlook for their e-mail might be left feeling a little disappointed though.
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Infinite Euphoria: Mixed By Ferry Corsten
Infinite Euphoria: Mixed By Ferry Corsten

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 11 Sept. 2004
The one word that sums up what I thought about this album - disappointed.
You aren't taken to "a higher place" like with the other Euphoria CDs, and many tracks seem to be over before they get going (e.g. The Prodigy). Also some of the music seems to be so out of place, such as track 13 on CD2 (System F - Cry), which is very slow and has slow, loud vocals. The Euphoria series of CDs have recently been taken over by MoS, so maybe that has something to do with this drop in standards?
Maybe I was just expecting something different from this CD, or trance has dramatically changed in the last 12 months. Personally my only highlight on the entire album is Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes, which is an amazing tune!


Very Best Of Euphoria (Limited Edition)
Very Best Of Euphoria (Limited Edition)

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff from the Euphoria team (as usual), 22 Nov. 2003
When it was announced that Euphoria would return in the form of a 3CD limited edition album, like every other Euphoria fan out there, I was ecstatic. There was no Ibiza Euphoria this summer and the last 'proper' Euphoria was released way back in November 2002. Obviously there was a lot of hype going around, especially looking at the track listings, but was it worth the wait?
The first CD starts off with Olive - You're Not Alone, a great choice to kick things off. That's followed by a top remix of Delerium's After All, another superb tune to get the blood flowing. Soon after comes Solex and Close To The Edge, a fantastic track by Michael Woods, and is one of my favourite songs of the year. Next up, Plummet, Damaged, and no introduction needed here. Skipping a few tracks and we hit the club remix of Divine Inspiration - The Way, Jurgen Vries & CMC - The Opera Song and DT8 - Destination, all of which form a great threesome in the middle of CD1. If you like your hard trance then they don't come much bigger than Michael Woods' remix of Lost Tribe - Gamemaster, one of the biggest tunes of the year in club world (just as it was in 1997 and 1999). That man Woods pops up again with a mix of Ian van Dahl's Try, and near the end is Oxygen with Am I On Your Mind.
Disc number two then, and we enter funky house type of music. The club mix of Tomcraft - Loneliness is excellent stuff, and Benni Benassi features with the original mix of Satisfaction. We then come across a golden oldie; Kira with I'll Be Your Angel, which has been remixed by Minimalistic. Matt Darey returns to action with Moody, a great song from him, and is followed by the spine-tingling vocals of Poloriod - So Damn Beautiful. Marcella Woods teams up with Darey for Voice Of An Angel, a top track not to be missed. Then there's Minimalistic and Magic Fly, remixed by PPK, and the CD is finished off with Darren Tate (Prayer For God) and Paul van Dyk (Nothing But You).
The highlights of CD3 include Oakenfold's superb Hypnotised, Mandrake's Universal Soul, Mr Darey with Nocturnal Light, and a vocal mix of Ian van Dahl - I Can't Let You Go. There's also a remake by Mandrake of Robert Mile's legendary Children, and not to go unnoticed, Divine Inspiration's remix of Just Be Dub To Me by Revelation.
Overall it's a really good compilation; CD2 is a little different than the usual Euphoria discs, but very good nonetheless. CD1 is probably my favourite though, and is packed full of top trance tunes from the past year. How does it compare with the other Euphoria CDs? While it might not be the best one ever, it's certainly up there with the greats, and is without a doubt the best Euphoria to come out in the last couple of years.


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