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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Long on Theory, Short on Practicality

This book is the "Bible" of Windows programming. It is the most complete view of the Win32 API I have ever seen, and shows real world application of some sophisticated topics, yet it is written in such a way that it's easy for anyone with a little computer experience to understand.
Even when I have to use API functions in VB, I find myself reaching for this book to explain the API calls better than the Win32 help file that comes with VC++.
This book really is a must read for anyone serious about programming in Windows.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I just wanted to comment that the review of July 21st

The content of the book is fair, however the organization is terrible. Some more complicated topics are introduced before simple concepts, or in some areas, complicated topics that were not discussed are used to explain simple ideas(it does get better after chapter 5 or so, but the first five chapters are the very basics that you should know before doing anything remotley complicated). For this reason, you should at least have your feet wet with C or C++ before reading this book.
Next, this is one of the few books I've read that has 'decent' quiz questions. But guess what ? There are no answers!
Some topics are not explained very well, again the author assumes you already know something about it.
The examples in the book are fair, but most of them are not 'real world'. In several places however, there are just fragments of code instead of a full example, which can sometimes confuse the reader.
This book should not be bought alone to learn ANSI C++ if you are just starting with the language, however it can be used in addition to another book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Do you want to know how computers communicate?

There are 64 reviews before this one. Average user review is 5 stars. So, whatever I write here is going to have a small influence on your judgment. Still I will show my presents in this world. I say this book is excellent. Don't waste time trying to find any better book about TCT/IP. Read this book. You'll be happy you did it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awsome book, A must read to understand COM

I have found this book very interesting to read, and a full of resource to understand the complex issues of COM. The book also explains awsomely the issues like dlls, concept of registry, GUID etc,that are essential for writing COM. A must read for any one who wants to understand the COM with a good sense of humour.