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XML Visual Quickstart Guide, 2nd Edition (Book Review)

Every once in awhile I enjoy just picking up a book on a topic I’m not so familiar with and discovering something new. The XML Visual QuickStart Guide series (second edition) is one I recently chose to work through. If … Continue reading →

Book Review: The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

What I appreciate about Jason Beaird’s book The Principles of Beautiful Web Design is the simplicity with which he tackles each topic. He begins with the client interview, advising to focus on client needs and making them feel at ease. … Continue reading →

Book Review: Beginning Spring 2

The title of this book Beginning Spring 2: From Novice to Professional may be a bit misleading. I think if you are new to Spring and especially if you are new to Java frameworks in general, you would have a … Continue reading →

Tagging: People Powered Metadata for the Social Web

Author, Gene Smith begins this book with a quote by Jon Udell, “When the novelty wears off, I think that tagging will have altered the information landscape in a fundamental way.” The original quote was first published in an InfoWorld … Continue reading →

Book Review: Building Findable Websites

What makes “Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond” by Aarron Walter so interesting to me is the simple, easy-to-implement advice. In fact, I updated the Refresh Detroit WordPress setup with several recommendations from the book. Aarron covers a … Continue reading →

Book Review: The Windows Vista Book

I admit it, I’m one of the many XP users who didn’t jump to Vista when it was first announced. Stories of the interface, problems with printer compatibility, etc. made me not want to even think about changing operating systems. … Continue reading →

Book Review: Designing the Moment

Robert Hoekman Jr. second book, Designing the Moment, focuses on improving the online user experience. His approach is a practical one: design interfaces that respect users and allow them to feel in control. Robert’s goal is to inspire the web … Continue reading →

Book Review: Web Accessiblity: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance

After reading the excellent review in Roger Johansson’s article about this new book, it took me a couple weeks, but I finally decided to buy it. I ordered the book from my local bookstore and two days later had the … Continue reading →

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