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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Truly beautiful work BUT........

no practical programs. Both "Windows programming" of my boss,Charles Petzold and the book taking draw, game programs to demonstrate.
Are there any books getting developers really inside industry projects using MFC or Windows API ??????
This question is my Christmas gift for Microsoft authors !!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Allen G. Taylor
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Frustrating book for a dummy

People who write books for "dummies" need to test it out on a genuine "dummy" before they publish it. This "wonderful" book won't tell you much of anything about how to get SQL server up and running, how to set up a data base, query it, modify it etc. Why? Because the author won't give you the basic information necessary to do these tasks. He assumes you already own something called "RAD" (and won't tell you what that is, either) and fails to explain the use of the internal tool ISQLW, leaving his dummy audience trying figure out how to get into MS SQL to use the "rich" language to create and modify tables. Sorry, I'm the "dummy" that bought this book, and after reading three or four chapters had to find other sources of information so that I could, at least, set up a data base. To IDG Books: Next time you publish a SQL book for "dummies", try not to assume anything. Keep in mind who you are talking to: people who don't know the first thing about SQL server and don't want to run out and buy some other "tool" in order to be able to make it do what it's supposed to do.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not a tutorial, but a good quick reference

This book is the functional equivalent of those "quick reference cards" that come with software manuals. You won't learn HTML from it, but that's not really the point; the point is to look up information you know exists, but can't reasonably keep in your head.
For example, this book lists all HTML tags in alphabetical order, rather than grouping them functionally (except as almost an afterthought) - not really useful if you have no idea what tag to use in a given situation, but useful if you need to know what attributes you can specify for a tag and what browsers support those attributes. And it excels when you're analyzing the HTML structure of an existing page and you run across a tag you don't know or have never seen used in quite the way you're seeing it used.
Combine this with a complete list of character entities ("&" characters), decimal to hex conversions and colors by name, and put it all in a small, thin volume you can keep in your briefcase without having to make room for it, and you have a pretty useful reference. Four stars for being what it sets out to be; not as a substitute for a more comprehensive HTML book.

Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Chock full of good technical info

Absolutely fabulous. It covers STP, VTP, FEC, etc etc in detail with just enough humor thrown in. But not so much that it's distracting. Simply a MUST HAVE for the aspiring CCIE (or anyone who deals with Cisco Switches). This book is on par with Doyle's book.