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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
I wish that all computers books were this useful.

No bad jokes, no inept cartoons and a sensible length (in easy to digest) chapters. Probably not suitable for the absolute beginner but for anyone with a familarity with basic html wanting to get up to speed quickly on html 4 extremely good. The chapter on tables I found very useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good...but not great.

There are good and bad things about this book. I will start with the good. As the title says, the book is good for people who don't know anything and barely know how to work a computer. There are better books for those who have had a little programming expirience or those who are smart enough to not need a whole page and a half explaining what an integer is.I also agree with others that the little chunks of programs are very annoying.ok, so this is my suggestion:1. People who can barely use a computer: buy this book, and also buy "Sam's teach yourself c++ in 21 days." Use this book for hard to understand concepts and use Sam's for actual uses and programs.2. People who know a little programming or think they are not a dummy: "Sam's teach yourself c++ in 21 days" is perfect.3. Expert programmers: Why are you reading this?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear, deep, helpful, excellent

Excellent book with terrific coverage of the most important aspects of developing reusable components in .NET with both C# and VB.NET. Overall, one of the best .NET books I have read, and I've read a great number of them.
I give it 4 stars because I wish some of the chapters went deeper. In particular, I felt the sidebar on LCE in the Events chapters was insufficient -- I've also read Lowy's "COM and .NET Component Services" book from O'Reilly, and between the two, I still don't feel that LCE and asynchronous events are covered sufficiently. I also wish that the context-bound object topic in the book expanded more on the subject, as most of the same material was presented in Lowy's MSDN article from Mar 03.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Formalized good ideas

This book is not his basic volume in SQL, but his advanced volume. It helps you along explaining different issues with an excellent explanation of NULLS, their pros and their cons. It gives examples of solving problems in different SQL ways. A great buy.