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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for beginners and mid level programmers


Ivor Horton has an exceptional talent for organizing and presenting C++ that makes it easy to learn. This is a very difficult lanuage, but if you persist, you will learn with his book. It is the best C++ learner book I have found. He leads you through each chapter expanding on the previous. It is slow going at first because you need to know so many things to begin programming. It becomes easy after you get half way through the book and all the pieces of the puzzle start coming together.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Matthew Robinson, Pavel Vorobiev
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Coverage of Swing Details, Bad Styles


I do like the the levels of details that the authors chose to cover Java Swing. A lot of difficult concepts are pretty clearly explained by examples and notes. But I do not like the naming conventions that the authors used. I think that it is unnecessary to use extra characters(m and underscore)for naming instance variables :-)
O'Reilly's Java Swing 2nd edition is also up to date, and it takes a different approach to Swing. Check it out!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wholeheartedly recommended


Zeldman does it again! From the get go, he delivers his sermon about forward compatibility and web standards like a preacher, helping us to see the light. There will be doubters and non-believers, but Zeldman can and does back up every point he makes for using standards. He covers almost every nook and cranny of web design these days: xhtml, css, accessibility, browser compatibility, hybrid markup, DOM, etc, with screenshots, examples, and resources along the way. JZ also continues with his witty headers, which are a treat. I believe! I believe! Praise Zeldman!
I own Taking Your Talent to the Web, which has a prominent place in my bookshelf. Until I read that book, I was convinced that web design was forever doomed. I use it these days as a textbook for my Web Design students, who have become fans of the Daily Report. Designing with Web Standards is a brilliant sophomore effort and a worthy companion. It will sit right next to JZ's first book and help teach my future web design students, too. If you are a web designer/developer, this book is a must for your library.
Jeffrey Zeldman, we are lucky to have you in our world. Thank you for sharing your wonderful site(s) and insight.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop CS Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby, Felix Nelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Paid for itself in a weekend!


Picked it up this weekend, and although I've been on CS since the release, have saved myself enough time, to have more then paid for the book! I can't wait to get through more of it. Found many tips that just help me work faster. Worth a read.