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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Focuses on basics and reference material rather than reality


For a 600-page book, there certainly isn't much you can use. The first 150 pages (9 chapters) cover elementary stuff like statements, arrays and operators. Although this introductory stuff would have been great for beginners, the author's high-handed style is focused on advanced folks, meaning even though there's 150 pages on basics most people can't understand it.
The next two chapters drone on and on and on and on about structure and name space--another waste of 50 pages. The real meat of the book runs from chapter 12 to chapter 17, a 100 pages of real stuff that may be useful if you can stomach the first 200 pages.
Afterward, the author starts elementary discussions on compatibility, LiveConnect and security. Although these are useful subjects, once again the author assumes that you know what's he's talking about, meaning these chapters are pointless. Either you know the stuff already or you don't and you certainly aren't going to get anywhere with the author's discussion. The next 200-pages provide a JavaScript reference that is flawed and not current. Granted, the book professes to cover JavaScript for Navigator 2.0 and BETA Navigator 3.0.
In summary, after reading this book I was very disappointed and felt cheated out of my money. In the end, I sent the book back and got a different book. My choice this time was based on a friend's recommendation (Netscape ONE Developer's Guide, which covers both client-side and server-side JavaScript, LiveConnect and other Netscape technologies). If you want to learn real-world JavaScript, I too recommend Netscape ONE Developer's Guide. Thomas Warren



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book to learn html 4 from


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I found it very useful and Dick's humor was quite 'a-propos'. I strongly recommend it to ANYONE who wants to learn about creating web pages.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A necessary volume for any serious perl programmer


There's not much to say about this book, really; like any O'Reilly book, it distills a lot of useful information into a compact, useful book. Any serious perl programmer needs a solid understanding of regular expressions, and this is volume to get it from. The best endorsement I can give this bok is this: Unlike a lot of perl books, we don't share this one in my office- we all have our own copy.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Keep up the good work


I have read most of Mr. Troelson's books. Chapters include do-it-yourself, clear examples. The book covers .NET platform and gradually develops into more complex chapters.
I have read the COM ATL and the VB.NET books as well. Excellent and please keept the good work Mr. Troelsen.