Looking for review/recommendation on book

31 Jan 2005 - 8:29am
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Dave Malouf
2005

Does anyone have any feedback regarding this book?

Web Application Design Handbook : Best Practices for Web-Based Software
(Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)
by Susan Fowler, Victor Stanwick

I'd be most appreciative.

-- dave

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31 Jan 2005 - 11:04am
Jenifer Tidwell
2003

On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 09:29:26 -0500, David Heller <dave at ixdg.org> wrote:
>
> Does anyone have any feedback regarding this book?
>
> Web Application Design Handbook : Best Practices for Web-Based Software
> (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)
> by Susan Fowler, Victor Stanwick

I've looked through this one. I wish I had my copy here with me right
now so I could give you a better writeup, but here goes...

This book covers a lot of ground beyond just web-application design.
It does contain specific technical and design advice for building
web-based apps, but there are a lot of good general design heuristics
in there too.

The authors' choices about where to spend page space are a little odd.
There's not a lot about form design, for instance, though what's
there is sound. But nearly half of this book's pages are devoted to
charts, plots, diagrams, and maps -- and much of that advice applies
just as well to applications as to web apps!

Come to think of it, the book's an excellent survey of
interactive-graphics design issues. That's where I find it has the
most value to me.

In any case, both the writing and the illustrations are very nicely done.

- Jenifer

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Jenifer Tidwell
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http://jtidwell.net

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