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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Web Applications with ASP.NET and C#
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Hank Meyne, Scott Davis, Hank Meyne, Scott Davis
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't buy the PDF version of this book

This is an excellent book, however I unfortunately purchased the electronic (PDF) version. Adobe has some new encryption technique that only allows you to read this book on the PC that you downloaded. I find that the books overall usefulness to me is hampered by the fact that I can only read it on my home PC.
My recommendations are to only buy the tangible version of the book and avoid the PDF at all costs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great great book esp. those new with OOP

I cannot understand those people writing negative reviews about this book.I believe I can speak on behalf of many programmers new to JAVA. This book is one of the best, because after reading just six chapters, I'm now confident to say I know a lot about OOP, classes and methods. Let me tell you about my story. I bought "JAVA How to program" by Deitel, and after reading five chapters, I still cannot figure out what OOP is all about, the class and methods too.That book is good too, but the target audience is undefined, because the first couple of chapters dealed with GUI and structured programming a lot, without laying out the foundation of what classes, objects and methods of JAVA is all about. Then I remembered a friend who bought this SAMS book last year, so in desperation, I borrowed it and promised to return it after a few days, but failed to do so because I cannot put it down due to interesting topics and well laid out format. Now at home after coming from the office, even if i'm too tired, I can't help but read the book. I don't exaggerate, I just feel I owe this book a lot to post a comment and do the same good thing to other programmers new to JAVA by giving them this advise - BUY THIS BOOK, don't take my word for it, just try it and see what it can do for you. I'm still surfing the net for other references and would like to try Ivor Horton's book just for supplementary reference together with SAMS.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Buy, Sell, & Profit on eBay: Kick-Start Your Home-Based Business in Just Thirty Days
Publisher: HarperResource
Authors: Adam Ginsberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally - an eBay book based on real-world experience

What a great read this book is. First of all Adam's inspiration for getting involved with eBay - listening to his mother's advice, is both heartening and moving. Then he goes on to show many effective and practical steps of how you can get going to have a real eBay business that has every chance of success. As a novice eBay user myself I was both entertained and infomed about how to make more money. Seems like these are obvious steps to take but most people don't do them. Obviously it is easy to get a very good advantage in this growing marketplace based on Adam's techniques that he shares. For anyone who wants to learn about eBay from someone who has had great success with it, this is the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for a non-programmer looking to start out...

I started programming in BASIC when I was 8 (on an Apple II back in 1978...AppleSoft BASIC written by Bill Gates). I never listened to the naysayers about the spaghetti code, not an OOP language, etc...BASIC and VB are the Rodney Dangerfield of programming languages.
I was in a bookstore and bumped into a colleague and she asked me if I had heard anything about Halvorson's VB6 Step by Step...I hadn't until she showed it to me. I skimmed through the book and found that there was a good base of knowledge for someone new to Window's event driven programming.
I did notice some of the old BASIC naming conventions, which I won't fault the author with. I did get a more thorough look at the book at work, when my friend would come and ask questions about portions of the material written by Halvorson. Take the title as is...Step By Step. Don't let the bad reviews out here sway your decision if you are new to programming...this will take you to an intermediate level and will set you up to tackle other VB challenges if you choose to explore more.
If you want to learn to be a good VB programmer and you are just starting out here is the path to take: (1) Michael Halvorson's - VB6:Step By Step, (2) Evangelos Petroutsos' - Mastering VB 6(3) Deborah Kurata's - Doing Objects in VB6 or Peter Wright's - Beginning VB6 Objects (for chapter on Object Persistence)(4) Dan Appleman's - VB Programmer's Guide to the Win32 API
Whatever course you take expanding your horizons...good luck.