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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Quite For Dummies


I don't like to bag other people's work (especially when they are more experienced than myself), however I do feel justified to warn anyone who is considering buying this book to be careful. This book is not (although the introduction says otherwise) for people with no programming knowledge.
I had programmed in Visual Basic for around six months before I picked up this book and I had some trouble understanding the author's explanations. I was also shocked to discover several major mistakes in the text. At one point the author was writing about a function that did not exist in the code he was refering to. A true beginner would not pick up on such mistakes. To make things more frustrating, the author had an anoying habbit of not explaing things or explaining them later on (like three chapters after they had been introduced).
On the other hand, the author did give information about performing different types of mathematical opperations (binary and bitwise, etc) which I found very useful.
Just remember that this book is not for beginners.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Holzner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book got me going quickly!


I was just dropped into a position where I'm using Eclipse, Java, and Tomcat, and this book is PERFECT. (I very rarely buy computer books because, frankly, most of the info is online, but I'm glad I bought this one.) I have used Java a great deal, but never Eclipse or Tomcat, and this book got me up to speed very quickly. It was exactly what I needed. It also has a good chapter on Ant (which is a "make" replacement) and a great chapter introducing Struts development. With this book I also learned how I can control the Tomcat server right from within Eclipse using a free plugin for Eclipse. If you're in a similar situation where you have a job where you need to learn Eclipse quickly, then this book is for you. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This is a disappointing book; one would have hoped for more


This book intertwines encription techniques through the ages with historical events that are related to the particular encription/decription technique. Each technique layers over the other and it makes this book not just technical but historical making for a very enjoyable read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best MX book out there.


This is a great book for users versed with Flash 5, and Flash MX basics who are ready to indulge in the capabilities of Flash MX.
Flash MX is a whole new world for web programmers to live in. Unbelievably diverse in its ability to keep users happy, allowing programmers to fully create business applications on the web that are cross browser compatible. Finally Flash has a real world business use. Almost anything you could do with HTML and images can be done in Flash MX. The extent of its capabilities does not end there. Flash Mx is now the centerpoint to applications using XML, ASP, JavaScript and Java.
Flash 5 is left in the stoneage making each and every programmer wish that the MX plug-in was loaded on 100% of web browsers.
This book gives great examples, and is a great reference for many of MX's new uses, and UI Components.
I think this is the best MX book out there today.