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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very useful book


I am new to ASP but have being coding in VB 6 and decided to purchase this book. I was not disappointed at all. This is an excellent book for those new to ASP.NET. I use this book daily and it has provided me with information need for me to build my first ever web site. My web site is data driven and includes a member's only area taking advantage of session state, form authentication using SQL server, templates you name it. All by using this book by Stephen. He not only knowledgeable about the technology, but he also discusses the pros & cons on why to use one over the next. This is very valuable because you do not waste time trying to decide how to implement something. He tells you. Well-done Stephen.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very detailed, pretty demanding


The book is the best COM book I've read. I was tempted to give it 5 stars, but IMHO the only thing which prevents it from being perfect is that different chapters have different levels of complexity. Chapters introducing interfaces and classes are incredible. But when describing apartments, author quickly goes into details about marshalling. IMHO most of experienced developers are good enough to easily capture the essence of interfaces and classes, but understanding apartments is a traditionally difficult task. When reading the book, I had to have breaks just to make some drawings to epxlain to myself how apartments work. But if I didn't have to solve synchronization problems in my previous projects, I might have been left wihout understanding why do we need apartments in COM at all. I also think that low level details about custom marshalling are not really necessary.
However, this book is a must for a COM developer. But you should be really willing to learn the foundations of COM. I read a complaint from another reader that the author doesn't even mention MFC, and I must strongly disagree. COM is not about MFC or ATL etc. It is other Windows-based products that should refer to COM if they want to stay in touch with reality.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for VB developers who are new to ASP/ASP.NET


I have only had this book for 2 weeks but have already gained a lot of knowledge from it. I like the layout with each chapter having bulleted lists of what is going to be discussed. Good solid resource.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Very Book.


This book is WAY to easy on the person trying to pass their Security+ test!! It doesn't cover with the detail needed to pass the test. It does not provide the necessary (enough) information about the difficulty of the test. Nor does it give the reader a sense of what to expect.
I failed the test once. This is the book I purchased after failing. Within reading seven chapters I simply put the book down because I could tell simply by reading it that it didn't cover things like they needed to be covered to pass the test.
Listen up folks this is by far the HARDEST CompTIA test I have ever taken. In my opinion A+ and Net+ are a easy as pie and are basic entry lvl exams need only to grade first year IT persons. If you expect the CompTIA Security+ exam to be the same (as A+, Net+) and because you read this book you just might think so. Well your in for a surprise.
Erik A+, Net+, Security+, soon to be MCSA.