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Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

  • The Unusually Useful Web Book, by June Cohen (New Riders, 2003, ISBN: 0735712069), is an engaging and useful book that gives the lowdown on what it takes to make a Web site successful. It's easy to put the book to work because it includes checklists, worksheets, how-tos, and step-by-step instructions for planning and promoting the site, making money, increasing traffic, and building a lasting Web site.

  • Web ReDesign: Workflow that Works, by Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler (New Riders, 2001, ISBN: 0735710627). If a Web design shop could pick only one book to help with process management, this is it. There are good business process books out there, but this one is specific to Web design projects and it doesn't have to be a "redesign" to be utilized.

  • Speed Up Your Site, by Andrew King (New Riders, 2003, ISBN: 0735713243). Like the Web testing handbook, this is another stand alone gem for the bookshelf. Speed alone is enough to make or break a Web site and this covers everything possible on how to have a faster than a speeding bullet Web site. Its companion Web site offers up-to-date and useful information. (Preview this book on Safari.)

  • Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by Steve Krug and Roger Black (New Riders, 2000, ISBN: 0789723107). This is a short and quick read book on usability. Its popularity is well-deserved because it simply explains what's broken and how to fix it. Consider it the driver's license of Web design—it's important and you should never design without it.

  • Making Process Improvement Work: A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, by Neil S. Potter and Mary E. Sakry (Addison Wesley Professional, 2002, ISBN: 0201775778). This book is one of the few that explains how to implement software development process improvement and make it happen. It's clearly and concisely written, something so few process-related books accomplish. (Preview this book on Safari.)

  • Testing Web Security: Accessing the Security of Web Sites and Applications, by Steven Splaine (STQE Publishing, 2003). Security is probably one of the most difficult things to implement and test when it comes to Web sites. Hiring a hacking team to test the site is nice, but costly. The alternative is to use this book as a resource and follow its real-world process for testing security. (Preview this book on Safari.)

  • The Web Testing Handbook, by Steven Splaine and Stefan P. Jaskiel (STQE Publishing, 2001) book is one-of-a-kind because it's all testing, all the time, and is written with little jargon. Web design shops will appreciate having such a book on their shelf because it covers Web testing from A to Z.

  • Search Engine Visibility, by Shari Thurow (New Riders, 2003, ISBN: 073512565). Search engine success takes more than submitting links to gain top results, and it's not something to be done after the Web site is finished. It requires thinking ahead by including it on the Web site requirements and designing to those requirements using three important building blocks. (Preview this book on Safari.)

  • Designing with Web Standards, by Jeffrey Zeldman (New Riders, 2003, ISBN: 0735712018). Many designers have had it with trying to make a Web site look the same in all the browsers, including those of days past. It's time to move forward by designing with Web standards, which ensures a Web page compatible for a long time to come. (Preview this book on Safari.)