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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
IF you program anything, BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!

This book has already been well reviewed and praised here so I'll keep this short. If you do any sort of programming at all or ever even think you will, do yourself a wonderful favor and buy this book immediately. I cannot say enough good about it. From the author's approach to their content, it's fun, informative, challenging, enlightening and inspirational. A must have for all programmers. And even thought it is directed at programmers the ideas easily carry over into all walks of life. Making it not just a programmers guide to thinking and approach but also a new way to think and approach any problem in general. A new way to approach life. GET IT. You won't regret it in the least.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Big Java
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
give you the concept, but indirectly!!

this book is definitely a HARD read for beginners. It took me quit a while to understand the concepts and codes presented in this book, because the author omits a lot of further explanations on many examples. It wasn't until I had to look up on line or refernce to other java books that I could finally understand the concepts that the author's talking about.
He's a very INDIRECT guy...
so to wrap up, if you are somewhat exposed to java or have some basic understanding of it, this book should help you out quit a bit. if you are a beginner like i was, no, i will not in a million years recommend this book to you. Lastly, if you are already an "expert" or intermediate programmer, this book should be in one of you collections. since the author's just pointing out the big pictures, but omits the detail works, this must be a great REFERENCE book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Cliff Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Adding Hollywood to a Presentation

I never really thought about the format of PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint seems to be designed around presentations that are bulleted lists of things. When I give a quarterly report, my presentation looks just about like those of the other managers. We may use different wall paper or select different styles from those built into PowerPoint but that's all. Let's face it, my slides look like the before in his before and after presentations.

My next surprise was that this fellow can make PowerPoint do things that I never knew could be done at all. I'm going to put some of his techniques into a presentation that I'm just beginning that will be delivered to our best customers and prospects. What he says is not difficult to do, it's just a different way of thinking about how to make a presentation. Very interesting.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic.NET and Microsoft Visual C#.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Matthew A. Stoecker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent source for certification

I'm a MCAD professional now, and this book helped a lot to pass the exam.