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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent coverage of XML and related technologies

I have been interested in XML ever since I first heard the acronym. I purchased many books and magazines which covered XML and its many implementations, only to walk away more confused. Although I am not a PERL, Java, or C programmer, the other books I purchased assumed I was. I am a Web Developer. While my other books are well written by knowledgeable authors, they didn't cover specific aspects of XML for web development very well, if at all. As a result, they tended to add more to my confusion rather than clear it up. "XML BIBLE" is the ONLY one which addresses the things which a web developer is most concerned with in a CLEAR manner. No longer confused about XML, I am now ready to march on into other arenas of implementation, with this XML book being the one closest to my side as a ready reference. Confused about XML? Don't know what tools you need to get started? Don't know if you should use CSS or XSL? Don't know what they are? Do you want to know? BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is much needed

This book has a clear presentation of many of the concepts in CORBA programming. Some of the clarity comes from limiting their discussion to the POA (Portable Object Adapter) approach to server programming. Not that I'm complaining.
However, IMHO they have done a great disservice to readers by using a very unsafe C++ programming style. It is one thing to say that they, in the interest of pedagogy, don't show all the error-handling code. It is something completely different, and very unfortunate, that they go off to the other end and use a totally unsafe and buggy programming style -- using side-effects in `assert's. This will lead to surprising results, and hard to find bugs, when code is compiled in "Release" rather than "Debug" mode.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worked for me- I passed

This book did a great job of introducing a considerable amount of material clearly, and without assuming much prior knowledge. If you understand basic O-O theory and terminology, this book should have you building Windows applications in no time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very good book

I agree with one of the reviewers of this book that some topics are not covered in absolute detail, but that's fine with me since this book is geared towards those trying to learn Java. Once you know the basics, you can find other books to give you focus in the areas you would like.
Herbert Schildt is a great author. I have learned a great many things from his C/C++ books and Java books and would recommend his works to anyone interested in learning how to program in these languages.