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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Simon Robinson, K. Scott Allen, Ollie Cornes, Jay Glynn, Zach Greenvoss, Burton Harvey, Christian Nagel, Morgan Skinner, Karli Watson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As good as it gets!

This is truly a useful book, and my primary reference in parallel with the MSDN documentation. That is, it does not merely parrot the C# documentation, but supplements it. It gives behind-the-scenes insights, as well as useful application examples and snippets. It's as good as a 1272 page book on this expansive subject can get.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
not very useful

First, the language reference manual, which appeared in the first and second editions, is now gone. This is terrible. Anyone who wants to do something nontrivial that requires a thorough knowledge of this very complex language will not find this book useful at all. Instead of useful information about the language, we get lengthy diatribes on Stroustrups's theories of management, psychology, etc., etc.
Second, I find the attitude in this book obnoxious and condescending. C++ users have suffered for years with constantly changing language definitions, and poor and inconsistent implementations. Stroustrup suggests that if we don't have a compiler that supports the language, we go out and buy one. Unfortunately, this is not very practical for most people who are working in environments where they don't have that kind of choice, or who are trying to write portable code. Related to this is the fact that the new standard contains many changes to the language that are incompatable with previous versions (e.g., new keywords, changed semantics), and Stroustrup seems to show his readers/users absolutely no signs of remorse.
I would say that Lippman's "C++ Primer" covers essentially the same material, but in a more humble, down-to-earth and useful fashion. If you want to really get into the language, you need Scott Meyer's "More Effective C++" books. Whenever a new edition of the ARM appears, that will certainly be essential.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Shame on Osborne press.

I have 8 years of Oracle experience and have completed all the certifications since v7.3. I have been waiting for a book to help prepare for the 9i upgrade exam so I was happy to finally get this book. I'm halfway through reading it and have found more errors than I have fingers to count. I'm no editor so the errors I have found are blatant and it makes me nervous as to how many subtle errors there are that I missed and thereby got misinformation. The content seems ok but it is annoying to know you spent money for a book that has information you cannot trust. Wait for the next publishing, maybe the errors will be cleared up by then.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
WORTHLESS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to start an Ebay business, this isn't the book to buy. This book would have been just as helpful if the pages were blank. I feel like a dummy for buying it.