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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-316)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman, Amit Kalani, Priti Kalani, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pretty good, but not perfect


This Exam Cram gives good coverage of topics. However, I am a little uncomfortable with using a book that appears to be a synopsis of a Que Study Guide by the same authors.

Problems do arise. For example, some review questions at the end of a chapter address specific material not covered in the chapter.

I used this book as follows: I read a chapter, and if I found the material unfamiliar, I looked up the information in Microsoft documentation or MSDN. When used this way, the book is fine (but I would not rate it with 5 stars).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
If you write C++ you need it.


Unfortunately it's not either a good learning text or a good reference text. This book pales to its predicessor "The Annotated C++" which was a good reference book. It does try to be everything for everyone and as usual with this, isn't. You really need IOStreams by Langer &Kreft, for a full discussion on streams and Locales, Exceptional C++ by Sutter for exceptions, The Standard Library by Josuttis, and Accellerated C++ by Koening and Moo to learn it. But there are some questions and examples which are not covered at all in those other books and for that you need a copy of this one by your desk.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop and Dreamweaver Integration (One-Off)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Colin Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No Dancing Teddy Bears - Just Good Design


This is an awesome resource for anyone who is serious about building a web site. Colin teaches the basics and then gets into the more advanced techniques for web design, integrating two of the industry's leading web-building programs, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. As always Colin writes in a smooth easy-to-understand manner, carefully explaining each tool and technique.

Another great thing about this book is that it teaches "good" web design, as opposed to flashy, fancy, dancing teddy bears. You learn how to set up your page from header to content. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to design a web site.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning VB.NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Matthew Reynolds, Thearon Willis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simple. Clear. Straightforward.


This book is for beginner programmers who have chosen Visual Basic .NET as their first programming language. It is also intended for programmers experienced in another programming language, but who are new to Windows programming.
The book begins with step by step instructions on how to install Visual Basic .NET. Next, there is a brief introduction on how to write Visual Basic .NET code, and a description of what the .NET framework is. The next chapter teaches how to control the flow of applications using loops and branching structures. You will then learn how to create windows, screens, and how to add menus to your applications.
Visual Basic .NET is the first version of Visual Basic to provide full object oriented capabilities, making it among the most powerful windows development tools. The book teaches you what object oriented programming is and how to use it in your applications.
Chapter 15 and 16 introduce database access with Visual Basic .NET. You will learn what a database is, how to write simple SQL statements, and how to use ADO.NET to access Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access databases. The final three chapters show how to create applications for the web using web forms, XML, and web services such as SOAP, "Simple Object Access Protocol".
Like all Wrox Press beginner programming books, this book is written in a clear and easy to learn manner. Each chapter contains plenty of sample code examples and an end of chapter test.
If you are new to programming, or new to Windows programming, "Beginning Visual Basic .NET" is an excellent first step in aquiring the knowledge needed to develop Windows applications.