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The E-myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

Essential Reading for anyone running a small business. The author owns a leading business consultancy that specialises in reengineering small businesses to make them work properly. I've always avoided the idea of running my own business simply because of the pain I've seen almost everyone I know go through when they started one. Every time things get tough, they have only one solution: work harder and put in more hours. Many of those that survive do so only because the owners simply refuse to give up. As a result they, and their families suffer. So many people seem to get swallowed by their business, as if Jaws had come out of the sea and pulled them from their inflatible. Those of us standing at the edge of the water tut tut and think "no way I'm going in there". This book has changed my thinking about all that..


HTML for the World Wide Web: With XHTML and CSS (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Paperback)

I have built many websites and I am very familiar with HTML, XHTML and CSS. Looking to my right I see 17 books on my shelf relating to web design. This book however sits just to my left on the desk next to me. I have only had it for 3 weeks and the corners are already thumbed. This is probably the only book you need to learn how to build a website, and even if you already think you know what your doing, it is a brilliant reference guide and filled with little gems of knowledge you won't even realise you didn't know.


Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (Paperback)

At last, an author who follows his own advice! This book is short and easy to read (at 200 pages, I read it in a day), but surprisingly deep. The book is peppered with colour screenshots, black and white cartoons and pithy quotes and headings. A pleasure, not a chore, to read.

The basic premise is simple; people don't like hard choices or stopping to think, they just want to get something done. The more self-evident a web site is, the easier it is to use. Implementing it, and being sure you've got it right, is tricky, though. Krug covers site and page layout, navigation design, usability testing on a shoestring as well as a broad and engaging model of how people really use the web.


Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day (Paperback)

Excellent! This is just the book if you need to make the most of your web site, improve its search rankings, increase its traffic, and generally made the most of what you want it to do. This applies to a single person business, small, medium, large or multinational firm. Whatever your circumstances, commercial, private or charitable, you will make more of your web site if you follow this guide.

Excellently written, in clear English, Search Engine Optimisation - An Hour A Day, will quickly and easily lead you to a greater understanding of how to carry out an SEO Plan. You are given the correct information in order to be able to do this and you are not given anything superfluous, saving you time and allowing you to concentrate on the actions that will get you to where you want to be. You can even choose to concentrate on only those matters which are absolutely essential thereby saving you even more time.


PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites (Visual QuickProject Guides) (Paperback)

The content will take you from zero knowledge of PHP and MySQL (even not having it installed!) to a point where you can feel confident approaching the development of a fully functioning dynamic website. The examples cover ecommerce, user registration and content management. There are consistent references to other sources and alternative functions which could be used. For me it took me from a very limited knowledge of PHP/MySQL (gained from a few days searching the web) to this point of confidence where I'm now designing my own ecommerce website. I would agree with another reviewer that a prior knowledge of HTML is important although I think you could scrape by without, you should learn HTML seperately before starting this book...


Beginning Programming with Java™ For Dummies® (For Dummies) (Paperback)

As a novice programmer I very much enjoyed Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies.Everything was explained in detail with step by step explanations as to how to download software from Sun Microsystems and how to write and compile Java Programs. If you get stuck you can e-mail the author. I certainly got a prompt reply when I did this.There are a number of prewritten programs on the author's own website which you can use to practise running programs and which help you to see how the Java code works in practice. The author gives a clear explanation of what object oriented programming means and gives practical help in understanding error messages and using the Java API documentation. An easy to read book which I am happy to recommend.


The eBay Business Handbook: How Anyone can Build a Business and Make Money on eBay.co.uk (Paperback)

was not new to eBay when I read this book, but wanted to build a business and work from home. After reading Robert Pugh's personal diary, I was convinced that this was achievable. Having taken his advice on where to locate stock, the benefits of using HTML codes and how to use several photographs at no additional cost, I now sell on eBay for a living. This book is a must for anyone wanting to start their own business, whether they are new to eBay or are an established user. It is full of hints, tips and recommendations, is written in plain English and you really will not be disappointed!...


Software Testing: An ISEB Foundation (Paperback)

After recently starting a new job as a software tester, I had no formal experience of the theory and principles of testing and bought this book to help me pass the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing exam. Unlike many text books, I found this book was easy to just sit down and read and the example questions at the end of each section/chapter were spot-on for helping me re-cap on what had been learnt in the previous pages.

My employer put me through an intesive 3-day course for the cerficate in which the knowledge I had already learnt was cemented in my head! After each day at home I used the book as a revision guide, topping up knowledge in those areas I wasn't too confident on. I passed the exam with a Distinction (88%) and would recommend this book to anyone thinking of, or currently working towards this qualification.


Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC

Which Digital Camera
One of the best and most comprehensive guides available...Each section includes examples with before and after images; we found some of the ideas really inspiring...If you are a photographer using CS2, this book is a must buy

Advanced Photoshop
This one book excellently covers all aspects of Photoshop CS2 and presents them clearly from the photographer's point of view.


Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)

Anyone who has ever seen Andy present will probably have already bought this book, so this review is for everyone else. The book is inspirational. Just like the stage show. Last year we were treated to some great CSS books for beginners and it was cool to finish the year off with a book for the rest of us. Not to say this book isn't for beginners but it's emphasis is more on getting out of the inevitable comfort zones we settle into as CSS developers rather than covering the basics of syntax and how to make an unordered list go across the page.

Divided into four sections, Andy first talks up his transcendent CSS philosophy with its "content-out" approach, use of a greater range of CSS selectors including CSS3, using JavaScript and the DOM to plug the gaps in CSS and generally not working to the lowest common denominator but adding progressive enhancement for those users of modern browsers...


CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions -
Andy Budd, Cameron Moll, Simon Collison

In my opinion, Budd, Moll and Collison have produced a very valuable reference for any web designer who wishes to go forward from the outdated "tables" method of web page presentation to CSS.

I am a web designer who wishes to design accesible sites to current standards, I have purchased several books on CSS and have searched and searched online for ways of producing a three column CSS layout only to end up totally frustrated by the complexity of it all.

Within an hour of reading this book I had created a fixed width two column layout and (the holy grail) a fixed width three column layout. It was so easy I couldn't believe it.

While some designers who consider themselves "masters of CSS" might find this book of little value, anyone who wishes to convert their old table based layouts to current accessible standards using CSS will find it invaluable...

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