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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional VB.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Fred Barwell, Richard Case, Bill Forgey, Billy Hollis, Tim McCarthy, Jonathan Pinnock, Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Whitney Hankison, Rockford Lhotka, Jan Narkiewicz, Rama Ramachandran, Matthew Reynolds, John Roth, Bill Sheldon, Bill Sempf
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent guide for experienced visual basic programmers


As someone who has spent over five years as a professional Visual Basic programmer I don't want to throw away all my knowledge when I move to VB.NET. Fortunately, this (big) book doesn't bother teaching you programming from scratch (you should definitely look elsewhere if you're a complete beginner) but will help you make sense of not only what's changed in the move from VB6 to VB.NET (a lot!) but also what you can take with you from VB6 (a surprisingly large amount actually). This means that you don't have to spend your time working through stuff like "this is a variable", "this is an if statement". Instead the book gets stuck into what makes the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime tick - and explains how you can relate all of it to VB6.
The first third of the book serves as a reference to the VB.NET language - syntax, error handling, objects, inheritance, interfaces, and the differences between variables and types. While this means that you don't get to create many exciting applications early on it does mean that you have a thorough grounding in the essentials of the language.
Then the rest of the book takes a look at the most important features of .NET in turn: ADO.NET, XML, Windows Forms, Web Services, Data Binding, Remoting, Networking, Threading, Security, Web Forms, etc. You won't be an expert in any of these areas after you've read the book but you will have a much better idea of what VB.NET is capable of and how to get started using the advanced features of the .NET Framework Class Library.
Although there are a lot of authors that wrote on this book, which can spell trouble in my experience, the editors have managed to maintain a consistent voice throughout and there's surprisingly little overlap between chapters. Well worth the money.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly recommended!


Really nice approach, simple examples, thorough explanation of the concepts, very useful appendix (appendix b. state & sequence diagrams), easy to read!
Looking forward to see the revised edition covering EJB 2.0.
Highly recommended!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Network+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Media Syngress
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
really good---nice photographs and exams


Just got it... Amazon is behind on this one. I would have waited for the better price, but my exam is Friday!
It's really good. I checked to make sure it covered all the objectives because I bought an A+ book from someone that didn't cover everything. It all seems to be there.
There's a section of good photos and the writing is pretty good. I recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2003 Power Programming with VBA (Excel Power Programming With Vba)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you buy only one VBA book...


My principal occupation for the last 13 years has revolved around Excel macros and VBA. Walkenbach's Excel books have been lifesavers.

Just reading one page in this book pulled me out of a ticklish problem constructing a menu. The code examples are complete and always accurate (and well annotated).

My first 15 minutes with this book saved me the cover price in not having to stop what I was doing to search the web for an obscure instruction.

If you do any programming in Excel; buy this book!