The School for Robinsons

The School for Robinsons
Jules Verne

In Portuguese, the strange title "A Ilha Desconhecida" (The Unknown Island)

In Portuguese, the strange title “A Ilha Desconhecida” (The Unknown Island)

This was the first Jules Verne’s book I didn’t like. The story is weak and there is no surprise, everything is foreseeable. The characters are too simple, with no great deals and flat.

I read this book in Portuguese and the translated title is something like “The Unknown Island”. Due this, I was confused and I thought that this book and “The Mysterous Island” were the same. I was wrong, but I realized after, and maybe because this I was too disappointed. I’ve just bought this book thinking on that and was excited to read because I wanted to watch the movie, based on this book. Well, I will wait a little bit more to watch the movie.

Although everything, I think it is a good book to children and teenagers. The history is easy and someway engaging. If you are 20 or older, I don’t suggest.

My favorite phrase is in 118th page: “The teacher showed immense pleasure. Almost danced…”.
Tartelett was a character in the story, a supporting character. He was a dance teacher and since he was lost in the strange island, he lost his will to dance. Something good happened and he almost dance… It was funny to me!

p.s.: something that I’d like to share was the fact that I get sick when I started reading this book. Yes, I started to sneeze. The book was so old, acctualy published in 1972, and as I am alergic, I got the flu for 4 days, in other words, all the time I spent reading. Weird. 😉

Take a look at the situation of this book: yellow pages! I love it!

A ilha Desconhecida - The School for Robinsons

Don’t Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Think – A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug

Don't Make Me Think

As a computer scientist and having a business in web development, I need to know more about usability, mainly in websites context. I have to confess, usability is really cool and I have liked a lot. I have just started a MBA in Digital Marketing at FGV – Fundação Getúlio Vargas, one of the most reputable learning institutions here in Brazil, just because usability and social media. I couldn’t find out a graduation in this specific areas. So, talking about this, one of the first names you will learn about is Steve Krug.

Steve is a usability consultant that become known after his book, Don’t Make Me Think, released in the year 2000. After the success of his first book, he decided update the book and released the second edition, in 2005, that was the book I read.

Steve wrote in a way that I was fascinated. It seems like he didn’t worry so much about formatting, or to be the best writer, he only worried about to pass the information, what is what really matter. His book is completely different than all the others that I read before, about everything, because it seems he don’t follow rules to write, or, at least, it seems he didn’t worried about rules.

It is a light book you can read in a plane trip, during 1 or 2 hours, what was his intention. He said in the book that he wanted a good book, possible to read fast, that was possible to pass the information with no big explanations and examples. All in this book is light, short and objective. He could do it!

Although it had been my first book about usability, I feel less anxious and more secure about web development. Steve could explain in a so objective way that everybody could understand, since my mother to the programmer in my business, beyond yet I was really enjoying reading the book. A lot of funny examples, funny sayings and mainly funny solutions. I couldn’t imagine so simple solutions!

Still about the book, what is more curious is about time. You could be thinking, what a book released in 2005 can contribute in usability now a days? That’s the thing! All the examples and suggestions can be applied even today, even in totally different websites, even with all the new tools involving web development.

I am really excited to read more about usability after Steve Krug.