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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A worthy sucessor to his first book


If you like the first one, you'll love the follow up. Fewer rules, more explanations. When does this guy find time to sleep? I know he's keeping me up at night.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Beginners beware but great for the more experienced


If you don't already know basic HTML, a little JavaScript, and a little CSS, might I suggest starting somewhere else? "Web Design in a Nutshell" perhaps is a better place to start.
However, if you've been slinging the <code /> around for a while and aren't afraid to nest tables using nothing but a text editor, this is the book for you. Quite comprehensive, it'll sling through just about every facet of HTML a browser can recognize, a few doesn't (but should), and several more that it shouldn't (but does). A light sprinkling of CSS and JavaScript help put the D in DHTML here.
The positive points here are for the comprehensiveness and the sheer VOLUME of this volume. It's a dense reference with some good chapters on basic programming (vis a vis DHTML, of course) and best practice techniques. It covers backwards-compatibility but focuses on future-forwardness with a special emphasis on the DOM and W3C standards.
The point comes off because all that comprehensiveness can make it a little daunting to sift through it. You really need to have a pretty good idea of what you're looking for in the first place. Which is fine for intermediate and advanced users ... which is who this book is for anyway. (So that's really only half a point.) The other half point comes off for the CSS/JavaScript stuff -- it's a bit thin -- but then again, this book is already thicker than Flanagan's JavaScript Guide which was the thickest book on my shelf until this arrived. So there's coverage but it's general. But the HTML coverage is right on.
In short: Great resource for intermediate to advanced developers but a bit too daunting for the novices. Or the faint of heart.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy this book.


This book belongs on every manager's shelf. DeMarco makes sense, with clear, easy to understand, entertaining writing. He doesn't waste your time. It's all good stuff.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For those whom are already familiar to COM.


This book is not for newbie. This book is for people already familiar to COM and ATL prgramming..
COM is hard..Yes it's fairly hard..I'll bet..
I spent at least 6 months for understanding COM, COM+ and ATL. Although I think I'm familiar to Windows, I'm not sure how much I understand about COM, COM+.
Now as I recall all that effort in these 6 months, I found all the books and tutorials are not well-arranged. Though they are saying about same thing, it really sounds different..
I recommend to read the review of "Inside COM" in amazon.. There is a review by a canadian reader of the book. He explains about the order of reading about COM and I agree on him much.
And about this book, I think as "Essential" to COM..
This is a great book about COM essentials..
Read about Free-Threaded Marshaller. This proves the author's deep insight to COM architecture. It's to say, that this book argues about essentials about COM. So does not fit to newbies.
When you feel deeply impressed by this book, that's when you almost get in touch with COM essentials..
It's little shame to say, I myself can't really understand all the stuff in this book either..
Remember? COM's way is Hard to go.