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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Sap R/3 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Danielle Larocca
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A piece of the puzzle.....


While I appreciate what Larocca was trying to accomplish, the book has a number of shortcomings. It's dated, and therefore focused on what's becoming only a small piece of the SAP software story. And it's audience seems to vary from chapter to chapter. Of the 10+ books I have dealing with SAP, I put this one in the middle of the pack - I was compelled to finally pick up a copy (used, please!) given that it continues to top the best sellers. But I must say that if you really want to learn SAP from a technical, implementation, or administration perspective, you need to keep looking. I'll rarely flip through the pages of Teach Yourself again, but know from the dog-eared pages in my books by Jacobs/Whybark and G Anderson that really good books - ones that probably have a better claim to teaching you anything in 24 hours - exist.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
1 of only 2 C books you really need


I'm sure I can't add much to all the other reviews.
Hands down, this is the book for you if you have some previous programming experience and want to learn C. Complete novices will want a more hand-holding approach that will explain how to operate the compiler and so forth. (Sorry, I can't make any recommendations there.)
I learned C in 1992 using this book, which is at once mercifully short, well-written, and authoritative. It is also surprisingly complete and can serve well as a reference after you've learned.
I prefer C: A Reference Manual for that, though. C: ARM is more complete, detailed, and better organized for reference. It is also legendary for accuracy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET Framework Solutions: In Search of the Lost Win32 API
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: John Mueller, John Paul Mueller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
50 life-saving tips for accessing the WIN32 API


A book that is definitely worth its weight. Any developer who is using VB. NET or C#, and requires the difficult knowledge on accessing the WIN 32API for Component writing, DirectX or Security (etc, etc), will find this book invaluable.
About two months ago I decided never to purchase another developer book again, because I'm sick and tired of paying good money for books whose content has just been copied and pasted from the Microsoft Help. However I recently went against my morals because of my struggling efforts in accessing Win 32 API calls from VB .NET. I ended-up getting a copy of John Mueller's "In Search of the Lost Win32 API" book and I'm happy I did.
This book contains original content with many gems of detail on almost every page. From reading the book it soon becomes apparent that John Mueller has a serious Windows and software development detailed background, and he is able to express his thoughts and reasons well. All in a well constructed and very readable manner. The book contains many examples, and most examples show how the same task is done in VB .NET and also C#. He also presents reasons why one language may be better than another for particular types of API calls. He does not however sell the merits of C# above VB.NET or vice versa. What this book is able to do is to give you the options and recommendations so that when you make a decision, it is an informed decision. For example if you ever attempted to replicate a Win32 API union or old variable type structure with VB.NET or C# then you will realise just how difficult or impossible this task is. John Mueller recommends that you use Visual C++ .NET to write a wrapper DLL. He is also tactful to remind us that using Visual C++ .NET will introduce other new challenges, since Visual C++ .NET is a more involved environment. Again examples of the latter are presented.
Should you buy this book I would strongly recommend that you read chapters 1 to 5 first and then read the appendices. The appendices contain over 50 life-saving tips for accessing the WIN32 API. You will most likely find yourself reading these chapters twice because the subject is so detailed!
All in all this is a great book, and am happy to recommend it to any serious developer. David Selwood.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Loved this book


I used this book as my primary study guide (along with Passport) for the exam. I do have exeperience working with lot of the things on the exam, but some of the stuff I've never touched. The book really helped me review things I'm familiar with and also to learn the new stuff. The review who said the questions aren't really like the exam is partially right. The questions in the book are harder and they make you think more, which I liked. If you can get most of these right than the questions on the real exam will seem lot easier to you.