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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great read for Business & Economics Studnets

I can understand the criticism of this book that perhaps Mike Dell should have gone more in depth about the dynamics of his company and industry. However, this being his first book that I know of I can understand why he choose to keep it short and simple, and to his credit.
A great peak into the mind of a business man and leader who in my opinion deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Lee Iacocca et al.
One part in particular that caught my attention was Chapter 7 where on page 95&96 he talks about his "Know The Net" initiative in order to familiarize his employees with the Internet.
I personally liked when he stated that: "Some might argue that if you give employees access to the World Wide Web, they will spend all their time surfing the Net. But that's like saying, We don't want to teach our people how to read because they might spend all their time reading."
Fabulous insight into Michael Dell's view of the Internet's future as a conduit for Economic Efficiency in business, school, and life.
Great piece of literature especially for beginning Business& Economics students. Peace :-)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Boring - Wordy

This book is a disappointment. While it contains a significant amount of information on VB.Net and may be used (for the most part) as a reference, the material is presented in a manner that is often confusing and hard to understand - particularly for those who have had limited programming experiences. For example, the authors frequently present items in their "LiveCode" examples but completely ignore any explanation of them other than to state something to the effect that an explanation will be presented in a "future chapter." While there may be reasons to do so, on a limited basis, this seems to be the rule rather than the exception. As a beginner, I am trying to understand everything that is presented - which is impossible because of the book's poor presentation. What makes this even more frustrating is that the same programs could have been written, in a simpler manner, that would fully cover the same concepts the authors are trying to present but avoid the use of concepts that haven't yet been covered in the book. I find that I'm using the outstanding notes my instructor provides us each week as the primary basis for acquiring programming skills, and using the book as a supplement. I have found it effective to completely ignore much of the unexplained concepts, presented well in advance to their being formally being introduced by the authors, rather than trying to understand them.
One of the most obnoxious aspects of this book, however, is the atrocious practice of the book's editors/publisher to break up tables and programming examples across several pages - and then provide written explanations for the material contained on them on yet other different pages. This completely defeats the purpose of presenting material in a table in the first place - which should be to allow the reader to understand important concepts at a glance. While the editors have done the same thing with so many of the programs in the book, having to flip-flop back and forth between pages in order to compare written explanations with the programming examples is a reader's nightmare.
It can only be hoped that, in future editions, the authors will remove all non-essential concepts from their examples and present them only when they are needed. Placing tables and examples on the SAME PAGE as explanatory text would, alone, make the book significantly better. So, until that happens, I'll continue to use the excellent notes provided by my instructor and other books to serve as my primary source of information on Visual Basic.NET. One would think that such matters would have been ironed out in a second edition - apparently, this was not the case.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pretty close to great

No doubt, the Quickstart series is on the right track, and this latest HTML manual is a very good beginner's reference. Since I have a distaste for big, hefty manuals to begin with, the relative brevity here is refreshing, and most of what you get is relevant and to the point. The illustrations help a lot to make sense of what can be a fairly complex topic. All in all, if you have to have a manual, this is as good as it gets.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I think this book is helpful for beginner.

I am a junior university student major in computer science. I just ordered a Chinese version of this book. Even though I waited 10 weeks for its arrival from China to Texas, I consider it is worthy after a rush review. The book sure clear up some misundersanding for me. As my opinion, if you are a student like me, after you have down reading your text book, this book would be a good choice for further improvement.