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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Confidence : How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
30,000 foot? or 40,000---whatever its HIGH LEVEL

WHile an easy read, I found this book content free. We whould be 'confident' and 'communicate ' and collaborate' ; we should face losses w/o denial, but confront them. Wow, what insight.

Its like reading a book of what you should do , adding some sports stories and with no specific practical application about what to do Monday morning....but be Confident ;)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Dan Shafer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Lousy Marketing Hype.

I'm not going to state that this particular book is useless alltogether, but, I would like to warn you about sitepoint.com which to me seems to be a book publisher's equivalent of the Scientology Church. Once you download sample chapters from their website (which is actually a pretty nice thing byitself) they follow up with a relentless marketing sequence which is almost semi-spammic, while treating you like some fool who's ready to accept anything they claim, and they always claim that their books are extraordinary, great, the best, i.e. next to, or just that, perfect, and sort of show off the customer feedbacks they receive etc, basically this is about very old types of sales gimmicks that most people should be able to recognize. (Scientology? well, it seems like from reading at their website and their emails, that sitepoint is the one and the only soloution to your problems)

These books are also hideously expensive. Once after I replied to one of their marketing emails which comes as constant followups, as if you're an idiot and don't comprehend where to buy your books if it wasn't for them, the dude tried to lure me into buying their book of close to $50, with a silly 10% discount, and he used an aggressive tele-marketing style approach, like he was trying to sell just to increase his comission. Now I go there only to download free sample chapters, and encourage you to do the same. Then if you like what you see you're simply free to buy it, but if you don't, well then at least you managed to parasite one chunck of merchandize for free. Particularily in this case, with CSS, you can get SAM'S for $24.99, and there are plenty of CSS books that are much cheaper and possibly much better than this one. And there IS not that much to talk about in CSS. It's not a programming language and much tend to be overkill that's there to fill out the pages. I have to add that CSS, the basic webdesign part of the syntax, is very easy to learn. In fact you could use some online tutorial to grasp most of it. The few principles involved can't possibly occupy hundreds of pages unless the author fills half of the book with nonsensical boredom.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book for Non Webbies

I come from a C++ / VB background of writing client - server / tiered applications. I had never once touched ASP or ASP.net...I pretty much feared going into developing web based applications. This book has been great...very GOOD examples...very GOOD methodology...very GOOD techniques and recommendations.

You learn it all not only the code, but the theory...don't let something as big as .net scare you. With this book ASP.net becomes a breeze.

I'd give it 10 stars if I could!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Matthew Robinson, Pavel Vorobiev
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Know your Swing First...

I'm in total agreement with the person who bought this book as there introduction to Swing; _EXTREMELY_ bad idea. If you're looking for a good starting Java book this isn't it, but if you know Java & Swing well and now you want to learn more about exactly whats going on with Swing then buy this book. Otherwise find yourself a Beginner Swing book, or this will just sit on your shelf.