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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Multithreading Applications in Win32: The Complete Guide to Threads
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim Beveridge, Robert Wiener
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book but need an errota


I have to say that this is a good book as other reviewers have said.
But I have to point out that there are some inconsistent parts in the book. I've tried to find errota on Addison Wesley's web site with no success.
1. Chapter 7, Data Consistency, Sample code "readwrit" which didn't give the consistent results if running the program several times. If letting the sample search pNode in the following text, it will give 0, 1, 2 findings from time to time, it never gives 5. It gives me the impression that multithreading has no accuracy in the beginning. // start here * pList, pNode * pNode, pNode * Demonstrates an implementation of the * Readers/Writers algorithm. This version * pList, pNode * pList, pNode * pList, pNode // end here
2. Chapter 2, the source code shown on book (p63) is not correct as the threads (hThrds[slot]) were not closed. The file on CD is correct.
3. Building DLLs as given in p306. The authors pointed it out themselves that the sample code is not a DLL. For a novice, how can you expect him/her to generate correct codes? They need every possible source to figure out their problems. In fact I have a great pain when I read this part as this is exactly what I need. Maybe it will cost authors only several hours at most, but it'll cost readers weeks.
4. There are some other printing errors.
Although pointed above, I still like the book. It does provide extensive topics regarding to multi threading and many concise samples. You cannot find these from Petzold's or Prosise's books (They are excellent in general). Read this book with Jeffrey Richter's Advanced Windows (3rd Ed) will help readers to understand more about Win32 programming.
I would have rated this book 4.5 stars if amazon had had the level.



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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Most Excellent!


This book has all of the CSS information that I've been looking for for the past couple of years, plus the added bonus of explaining what exactly XHTML is and how it differs from HTML. Everything is explained and demonstrated in a way that makes sense the first time, without having to test and/or re-read the text. I have already begun advising my fellow web developers to get a copy of this book for themselves.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures, Exam 70-300
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Excellent study book only not for this exam


This book's content is about 95% Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), though the exam, which I wrote and passed, is about 5% MSF. This book is excellent if you want to write the MSF Practioner exam (74-100) because it covers the material for that exam really well albeit with material that is taken almost verbatim from the free downloadable MSF resource whitepapers at http://www.microsoft.com/msf.
I would not recommend buying this book for 70-300 and would suggest that you can probably get by on 74-100 with material you can get for free, if you are interested in writing that.
I didn't read any other books but I found the practice exam available from http://selftest.kaplanit.com to be extremely useful.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good.


Trying to figure out how to work my Captain Video decoder ring is as close to programming as I'd ever gotten. (Dates me, I know.) So I figured I was relegated to "The Cosmically Clueless Fool's Guide to Dreamweaver MX". Until I found out about this "Missing Manual" series. Since most software manuals seem to be written by idiot savants for whom English is only marginally considered to be a functional language, I was amazed when I started with this thing. It is totally engaging, terrifically well written, very easy to follow, as logical as Spock, and comprehensive without descending into the anesthetizing world of Geekdom. In a word, it is... fun! It seems that every nuance of DWMX is touched on with patience, a total concern for reader understanding, and quite frequently with humor. The tutorials are excellent - everything laid out carefully and clearly step-by-step. I cannot imagine a manual of such breadth being more user-friendly for the rank amateur as well as for the, well.... rank professional. A total delight! My advice to anyone contemplating Dreamweaver or this manual - don't be intimidated. This is a manual written and designed the way manuals should be. Kudos to Mr. McFarland and Pogue!