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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book but ...


Most parts of this book are quite good but I have some critic.

1- Monitor codes make codes unreadable and sometimes hard to understand. I can not understand why writer insists on including them on everz code while it does not have anz use for reader but confusing him. It would be better if we could see the code and then the output instead.

2- Inner class chapter needs a rewrite. After years of programming, descriptions are sometimes confusing for me. Perhaps codes need some cleanup. Also some UML digrams may help readers understand codes better.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Be better called Programming Windows GUI with C# :)


This book is for neither .NET/C# programming language nor Windows Operating System. It focuses on Windows GUI programming. It only spends about 40 pages on C# language basics, and also, it never mentions COM/COM+, which are very important features for Windows platform. This is the best reference book for windows forms and .Net GDI+ programming. It spends 1200+ pages to introduce all those Graphic and UI stuff in a C# way. If you are a UI programmer, this book is nothing but a must buy! It includes everything you need to know about .NET/C# GUI programming. But, if what you are looking for is some C# language reference, please refer to C# Primer: A Practical Approach by Stanley B. Lippman or Progamming C#. If what you want is a detail look into .NET platform/CLR, refer to Compiling for the .NET Common Language Runtime.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Even Handed Real History


I've just finished Apple Confidential 2.0 and am convinced that there is no better history of Apple Computer. The accuracy lies in the careful presentation of factual information without an editorial slant which tends to fictionalize for the sake of entertainment. The story of Apple Computer is interesting enough without embellishment and in the style of the best historians, most of the information comes directly from first person perspectives and from Owen Linzmayer who has written and reported on apple since the early 1980's and is a legitimate first person source himself.
I found online a sincere, if begrudging, compliment to Owen Linzmayer's work in otherwise rather testy remarks by Jeff Raskin whose work in creating the Mac is often given short shrift. High praise indeed.
For myself, an avid Mac user, learning of the importance of Bill Gates to Apple and the long history between Microsoft and Apple was a real eye opener. There is one long memo from Bill Gates which is worth anyone's reading who might wish to grow beyond a typical knee-jerk anti-Microsoft sentiment.
I recommend this book without reservation.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Do not any of this type of book


Do not waste you money on this or this type of book. If you want to insert JavaScripts on your Web page without knowing about how it works, buy this book. Otherwise not. This book has wasted space by including instructions like "Type a quote.." or "Type an angle bracket..." or "Press Enter..". But des not explain how the script works. Does the author thinks that we are stupid?