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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tcl and the Tk Toolkit
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John K. Ousterhout
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A bit confusing for Windows users


The book is very good, and I have started learning TCL with it. I wish it went more in depth into TCLETs and explained in more depth about compiling. Also, I wish more information of TCL for Windows users was given.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great first C# and .NET framework book


This is an excellent book for beginners. It covers C# syntax and all major aspects of .NET framework (except remoting) very well. You should be able to see a clear picture of C# and .NET capabilities after reading this book.This book is not a reference and it does not claim to be. If you're experienced programmer you will probably not get much out of it and be better of bying one of the specialized books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Very Thorough Reference for Java Programmers


If you are looking for a book that can provide you with teaching you the fundamentals of the Java programming language as well as a good reference to fall back on, this book hits the mark.
The first section of the book is almost painfully thorough on teaching you the basics of Java programming and even touches briefly on the important concepts of Object Oriented Programming. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on how much programming experience you have in other languages such as C++.
The remainder of the book contains overviews of the Java AWT, Networking, the Threading Module and even provides some detailed examples. Although these reference sections are not as thorough as the language tutorials, they still provide an excellent resource of information to depend on while programming in Java.
I would recommend this book more for the novice/beginner Java progammer who could learn the language with this book and then further supplement the latter reference information with more advanced books later.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wow...


The book is worth Don's description of the Unified Type System alone. Understanding how arrays of objects work and the definitive difference between jagged arrays and multi-dimensional arrays is just great. I've been working with the CLR and .NET since the PDC Preview and he showed me a ton of stuff I never figured out. His description of stack and message based method invocation is priceless as well. Nothing bad to say at all about the book.