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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office XP Step-By-Step (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Perspection Inc., Online Training Solutions Inc., Curtis Frye, Kristen Crupi, Perspection Inc., Online Training Solutions Inc.
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Similar to its predecessors, this book guides you through performing many Office XP tasks, however, it is not comprehensive and isn't enough to pass all the MOUS exams if you rely on this alone. Unlike its predecessors, every page is now in full color making it easier on the eyes and more enjoyable. Also unlike its predecessors, it includes a section on FrontPage (2002). The book is also much larger (over 750+ pages) compared to previous versions (ex. 400+ pages for Office 2000 Step-By-Step). The included CD-ROM with exercises seems to have corrected the bugs of their predecessors since I haven't encountered any yet. What would have made this book perfect is if it included the Office XP Step-By-Step Learning Kit CD-ROM, however, for [a little bit] more it may be worth the extra sacrifice to get a more complete training experience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A definitive guide to object oriented programming and design

So many books on object oriented programming and design are written in a textbook fashion that make them difficult to read and challenging to apply. Meyer has not only managed to create a book that covers virtually every aspect of the field; he has done so in a way that is very readable and that puts everything into context in addition to going into specific details. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Graham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book, good read

I would have to say these are one of those books that keeps you coming back for more everyday (if you're like me who saids a chapter a day). While some of the late chapters can get a bit technical espcially if you're not familiar with the programming languages but like the arthur said, you can skip a chapter if you like which is only 1 chapter.
Otherwise, this is a very insightful book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Your Quest to learn HTML should begin with this book!

I devoured the previous edition and the new stuff contained in this latest edition. It's a great reference book as well as an excellent tutorial. I've been a sales mgr. for Sybex, Microsoft Press and Osborne/McGraw-Hill computer books and I just recently discovered this series. These books are far better than the ones I used to sell (can I have a job, PeachPit Press?:))