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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Growing pains

While I have not found many technical errors with this book, I am left wondering if Microsoft actually reads their own study guides. This book flows about as well as a bad high school term paper. The wording is very awkward and the author doesn't seem to have a college-level command of the English language.
For example, one passage in the first chapter reads: "The managed execution process involves managed code and managed data. Managed code is self-describing code that provides information for the common language runtime for providing various run-time services."
Is this correct? Yes. Is it well written - NO! If nothing else the use of a thesaurus would have made the book much more readable. Until more study guides appear on the market we are stuck with mediocre tomes like this. I am reminded of the old adage about one million monkeys with one million typewriters...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Striking Graphics with Maya and Photoshop
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Daniel Gray, Sybex
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Sorry but I cannot recommend it

I am used to buy a lot of good books from Amazon, but this time I had bought this book without waiting for other opinion about, so I think I have to inform that this book is really useless if you are looking for ideas or tutorial regarding integration between the two programs. Really a basic level targeted book, with nothing useful for intermediate/advanced users.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

This is an excellent book! You definitely want this book on your shelf if you are a Java developer. If you are writing GUI based java programs, you will need this book sooner or later.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steven John Metsker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It helps me to know how C# implemens Design Pattens

Let's get real. When talking about C# and Design Patterns, there are so many people with different levels and areas of experties. Some knows VB.NET well and nothing about C# and Design Patterns, some knows Java and Design Patterns well but nothing about C#, some knows nothing well, ...

So, who will benefit from this book most?
For people knows about Design Patterns but not C# and .NET, you will learn how C# implements design patterns.
For people knows .NET but not Design Patterns, you will find this book more approachable than GoF. You can use this book as a supplement or introductory book for GoF's discussion.
For people knows nothing about .NEt and Design Patterns, this is probably not the book you should pick. Learn some .NET and OO stuff.

For me, I did some Java and design patterns in the paste. After reading this book, I have a deeper understanding of Design patterns, while I gain more knowledge of C#.

So, if you think you need to know more about design patterns, I would recommend this book without reservation.