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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Joey Lott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect companion

This book travels almost everywhere with me, along with Colin Moock's ASDG2. Where ASDG2 stops Joey Lott picks up the pieces and assembles them into practical and useful examples that can be directly applied to everyday projects.
The Actionscript Cookbook should be a part of any developers library. Joey Lott's books consistently impress me as I've also found the Complete Flash Remoting to be invaluable to have around.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Delphi for .NET Developer's Guide, First Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Xavier Pacheco
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not impressed

I just wasn't impressed with the book. I'm an experienced Delphi developer and I puchased this book thinking it would show me how to leverage my Delphi skills and learn how to do things in .NET. What a disappointment. After a chapter on using the graphics routines comes a section on Mono then off to a discussion of databases. Not much on creating normal forms apps and many of the code examples are in C# or VB. Even some of the sample Delphi code was for version 7, not even .NET examples. I really wanted this book to get me ready for .NET and instead I merely learned some about the graphics routines and file IO. I wanted more from the standpoint of you're a Delphi developer here's how to work with .NET.
Found a bunch of typos also, so I had to really study the book to see what was meant. In one case it says you'd expect to see an 'A' as the result but what you really get is an 'A' - not very useful from a learning standpoint.

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
the bible

You are a C++ programmer - you own this book. If you don't, buy it, buy it right now. This is the reference work on C++, written by the original creator of the language himself: Bjarne Stroustrup. Although this isn't a book for beginners the text is very readable and concise. I particularly liked the code examples he gives, because they are not of your usual 'hello world' text book quality, but rather examples taken from the real world. He also doesn't commit the crime of many authors of presenting code with remarks like this: "this is not the way you should do it, you'll learn the correct way later". Bjarne isn't the die-hard, everything must be object oriented type of guy (that is a good thing!), thus presenting the more traditional style of procedural programming first. While still taking advantage of the OO facilities of C++, like stream IO for example, he doesn't overwhelm you with the responsibility of designing proper classes from page one. In the more philosophical chapters about design and 'the importance of the individual' the author demonstrates a very rational, non-preaching point of view backed up with lots of real world experience.No compromises, this book is a must have.

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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simple, easy to read for even the novice!

Ms. Castro's book is excellent. Easy to understand, easy and fast to find things in it, not a lot of verbage to wade through. Clear examples and well thought-out organization... plus just look at the price! How can you go wrong?