Favorite O'Reilly books (was Re: Technical books)

Subject: Favorite O'Reilly books (was Re: Technical books)
From: Barry Campbell <barry -at- WEBVERANDA -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 10:02:37 -0500

Many people have chimed in about their love for O'Reilly books;
I have a shelf full of them myself, and will generally buy
on the strength of the O'Reilly marque alone, if they've got a
new book on a subject I'm interested in.

One O'Reilly book I'm surprised no one has mentioned: Rosenfeld
and Morville's superb "Information Architecture For The World
Wide Web." Anyone who thinks that they want to design a web
site should be required by Federal law to read this book and
pass an examination on its contents before proceeding. I'm
only half kidding, I think.

I'm afraid that O'Reilly may become a victim of its own
success, however; as Net technologies spread, and as their
audience expands, they seem to be diluting the technical
strength of their work. Jennifer Fleming's "Web Navigation,"
an October 1998 O'Reilly release, uses a case study/interview
approach; as a result, issue coverage is a mile wide and an
inch deep. Here's hoping this is an aberration and not the
start of a trend.

- barry

Barry Campbell | barry -at- webveranda -dot- com
Web Architect | (list/personal mail)
Summit Systems, Inc. | bcampbel -at- summithq -dot- com
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