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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
RECOMMENDED EVEN IF YOU DONT TAKE THE TEST


The author does a great job of slicing up a difficult test into easily digestible pieces (chapters). The humor keeps you going and it was a real page turner. I plan on taking the test soon and of course will not blame the author if I do not pass the first time, he can't take the test for you but my friends have all had great success on the test using this book and CD ROM. The chapters on power supply and memory are worth the price of the book alone because they warn you how NOT TO KILL YOURSELF and how not to irreparably damage a computer. Also well worth re-reading are the portions which tell you what not to do and how they will cause either major damage to the computer or cause it to explode. This book will give you greater appreciation for how your computer works, even if you have no intention of taking the test. I look forward to reading other Dummies books by the same author. As a university professor, I deeply admire authors who can deftly explain difficult topics, this is one of those books and one of those authors.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Author that Actually Understands COM & ATL


As any good Computer Scientist would agree, the most important thing when learning a new technology is the concept not how to program it. I have read just about every, so called, book on the market about COM and ATL and almost all of them explain pieces of COM (not to mention the ones that should be titled "This is how to use the VC++ wizards). Andrew Troelsen does a remarkable job at explaining the concepts of COM by starting with the building blocks and working up. The first five chapters that are just about building COM servers with raw C++ are worth the price of the book alone. Troelsen explains many aspects of the internals of ATL as a programming foundation, not just how the wizards work. After reading this book your knowledge will be large enough about the inner workings of COM and ATL that learning other concepts about COM will be no trouble at all (whether in MFC or other languages). I recommend this book to all, and hope that it is as imformative to you as it was to me.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Quicken 2005 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen L. Nelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Two cautionary comments...


Hi, I'm Steve Nelson, the author of this version of the Quicken For Dummies book and other preceding 13 editions of Quicken For Dummies. I'm not going to say a bunch about this book. But because readers new to the "Dummies" series often get confused about (and sometimes even disappointed in) in Dummies books, I wanted to make a couple of comments. FIRST COMMENT: This Dummies book, like many Dummies titles, is for beginning- and intermediate-level Quicken users. So if you're looking for help getting started those first days and weeks with Quicken--this is a great book. However, if you're an experienced Quicken user and want to "take your personal accounting to the next level," the book is probably a poor choice. You should (assuming you've been doing things right) already known the sorts of stuff that are in the book. SECOND COMMENT: Note, too, that like many Dummies books, this title filters information. That filtering of "mostly just the high points" is part of the value. Now one could write an 800pp book on Quicken. (In fact, several years ago, I did just that.) But many people, maybe even you, yes you, want a book that describes just the most important stuff. However, if you're looking for encyclopedic coverage of all Quicken features, this is not the book for you.

These may seem like funny caveats coming from the author, but in recent years I've noticed that people buying books from online bookstores can sometimes be disappointed with Dummies books because there are written for beginners and because they do filter information. (I think people are less likely to be surprised or disappointed with a Dummies book when you can first thumb through the actual book, but that's another story...) Sometimes these people turn into loud critics with searing comments. These critics' comments are, in a sense, very accurate. But those critics sometimes, er, maybe don't get that a Dummies book can't do what they want and still be a Dummies book.

Hope that helps...

Steve




Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
quick but effective way to learn good servlet programming


this book will help to port CGI-Perl application to java servlet you will get answers of some good technical questions