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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A nice addition to any web dev library


While not a be all end all book for Web Developers, this is a great supplement to the Wrox book and when combined with the Visual Interdev Web Technologies Reference (Microsoft Press) the three are all you need to be a god of ASP. I especially like the detailed examples and definitions of all methods and propeties of the components and objects.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# for Java Developers
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones, Adam Freeman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Book On The Topic


What a great book. Well written, straight forward, good examples.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: More Exceptional C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Herb Sutter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Herb Sutter strikes again !


Herb sutter's first book worth it's name : it was exceptional. That's why it was a challenge to write an equally good one as a second book. Of course, Herb put a lot of it's main ideas into his first book (like the "swap guts idiom" for example), but it leaves a big room for side subjects.Topics in this volume are well classified, maybe better than in the first volume. They adress important subjects for the C++ day to day programmer : standard library, performances, exception safety, resource management, etc... The "engineering puzzles" are in fact much less important than the "solution" described bellow. Because each of the solution is not mid game but a practicle piece of work that leads you to a better C++ quality code.Honestly, this book is not for beginner. It's much more valuable to read a primer book (stroustrup's C++ programing language, or better the Lipman's C++ primer) and then Meyer's effective C++. At least. You also should have a couple of year of C++ practice behind your belt (also at least). It's a top level C++ book, with top level advices and a top level payback for you.After reading this volume, I have a stong impression that next Sutter's book will stay with such level of quality. Great work, Herb, thank you !A last word : Maybe you are surprised I've not given 5 stars to this book ? Well I reserve such notation for strongly exceptional book, like the "design patterns". 4 stars still be very good on my own scale.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
One star rating is too good for this book.


The authors of the book should be band from writing books. They did not present the material in a logical manner. Instead of fully explaining each subject item or object the author chooses to added a little information here and more later, and then even more much later on. The author constantly says we will talk more about that later. It should not be that way. Pick a topic and don't leave it until it is fully explained. I went to the bookstore to buy a better book to teach C++. I looked through about 20 books and did not find a bad book. Out of all the books on C++ on the market this book is the worst. One thing that a computer book should always be is a good reference book. This book can not be used as a reference book because so much of its information on any single topic is scattered throughout the book.
Not only can the authors not write a book they can't write C++ programs either. I typed in programs from book and downloaded the programs from the publishers web site and they don't work.
The author clearly states in the preface of the book that the reader of this book needs to have previous programming experience. What the author failed to say is that the reader of this book needs to have already mastered C++ before they will be able to remotely have a chance at understanding this book.
In case you can't tell I did not like the book.