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Two Great New O'Reilly Titles

Designing Web Interfaces I've been on the road a lot lately and came home to a pleasant surprise: a box full of some of our latest books was waiting for me.  I was particularly impressed by two of these.  First up is Designing Web Interfaces, by Bill Scott and Theresa Neil.  When you think of four-color books you probably don't immediately think of O'Reilly, but this one offers a full color view of the best way to build a great web app interface.  You may have even noticed the image on the cover is in color, which is a nice touch that helps set this one off from our one-color animal books.  This is a terrific book that I plan to spend time with and recommend to anyone doing UI work.

The other new publication I wanted to call attention to is Beautiful Architecture, which was written by more than a dozen contributors and edited by Diomidis Spinellis and Georgios Gousios.  It's the latest title in our Theory In Practice series and comes with an endorsement from Grady Booch.  It's also worth noting that all the author royalties on this one are being donated to Doctors Without Borders.  Very cool.

I also wanted to give a quick plug to a book we're about to publish but I haven't received a copy of yet.  It's called iPhone SDK Application Development, by Jonathan Zdziarski and it's been rocketing up the charts all weekend.  I've seen it as high as #20 on Amazon's Computers & Internet bestseller list, and it doesn't even officially publish till Tuesday, 2/3!  The iPhone is clearly a red hot development platform.


Keith Fahlgren

For the impatient, iPhone SDK Application Development has been available as an eBook at ( since 2009-01-21 and on Safari Books Online's Rough Cuts ( since the Fall. Yay, electronic delivery....

David N. Welton

How does the interfaces book differ from "Don't Make Me Think", which is a classic that I already own?

Joe Wikert

It's been awhile since I've looked at "Don't Make Me Think" and I'm sure there are some similarities between the two but our book focuses on six principles: Make it Direct, Keep it Lightweight, Stay on the Page, Provide an Invitation, Use Transitions and React Immediately. In fact, the book's outline is built around those six Parts.

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