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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Microsoft Windows Driver Model, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Oney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for my needs given my experience.


Oney's book provided the right overview and explanations I needed to get up to speed. I didn't expect a man to pop out of his book and do the work for me. Most any serious development is never done by the purchase of a book alone.
I do recall certain areas where I mumbled a little, where I'd wished he'd elaborated and/or expanded a little more, but this is meant only to hint at a slight criticism.
Oney's book was used in helping to produce successful results for real-world commercial software development. Thanks Mr. Oney!



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
A Peach of a Book


Not knowing one thing about HTML and how to make a Web Page, I ordered three books on the subjects. After receiving this book along with the two others, I immediately donated the other two books to the local library. For a beginner this book is great with its clear definitions, examples, and tab pages that makes it easy to find the subject your looking for, along with a good index. Included in this book are the hexadecimal table for background colors, tables for symbols, and HTML tags. The only drawback in this book are the small sized examples of the HTML and browser pages. I recommend this book for anyone just starting to work with HTML and web pages.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I built a complete intranet system using ASP with this book


I had no ASP idea before. So I bought the book and spent some days in the library reading it. By the third week I had a complete intranet site for the managements of web based time sheets for the company. And now I can understand any ASP topic, in order to know if it is useful for our site. I strongly recommend this book. Background needed: a brief knowledge of Access, and any programming language, for using if-then's and for cycles. Some basic html is useful also.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Final Word (incl review of critics)


As you may know, this book is considered THE Javascript book. What's makes the book worthwhile is it's fine discussion of Javascript's innerworkings. If you really want learn how Javascript's objects, functions, and data type handling work, then this is the book for you. The criticisms of this book fall into three catagories: 1) "Not for beginners". Yes, this book is not intended for people who have never studied object oriented programming. But that doesn't make it a 2 star book! Even beginners, if they are serious enough, will eventually need some clues about how Javascript really works. 2) "It's outdated". Again, yes; the reference section, and some of the browser dependant discussion is clearly outdated; BUT that still does not make this an outdated book! The author's in-depth explanation of Javascript innerworkings may never become outdated, and that alone is what makes this book worthwhile. 3) "Not enough examples". This is the only criticism that I
actually agree with, and therefore the 4, instead of 5 stars. Not only can this book benefit from additional small examples, but the author's explanations are sometimes lacking, or even worse, missing. On a few examples, he basically says, "This is worthy of study. Go ahead and study it." Sorry, I expect more from my books, than a grumpy professor in a university lecture hall, nearing the end of class.