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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All you want to now...

If you wondering about what it's gc,or attirbutes,assembly...just read this book

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rebecca M. Riordan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
ADO .Net Book = Dot Painful

This book SHOULD have been a great foundation of knowledge to get existing VB/ADO programmers into ADO.Net. Maybe I've been reading it left-to-right, and should have been reading it right-to-left. When - and I say when - the examples in the book DID work (and, yes, they all probably should have worked) I was still scratching my head and saying "Okay, so relate this to the real world. Or, at least relate this to what I've done with VB 6.0 ADO so I can do something with it.". Programming examples are monotonous to say the least. It's a cookbook approach of "Add the lines of code to this project...". Falls flat.
I wouldn't throw the book away, but I think it'll probably just gather dust on my bookshelf. -Unless it props the door open!
I've found the Microsoft Press .Net books have been uneven in overall quality and user (my) satisfaction. I tend to prefer the Wrox .Net books - they may not have the agonizing level of detail that the Microsoft Press books do, but they read much better. Much more of a "Aha!" response after reading them.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C++ Templates: The Complete Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Vandevoorde, Nicolai M. Josuttis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive and Thorough

This is a book that the C++ community has been in need of for several years, and it seems that an ideal team of authors has come together for this: Nicolai Josuttis again contributes the thoroughness and lucid writing that has made his earlier book _The C++ Standard Library_ such a pleasure to read, and David Vandevoorde contributes historical background about the evolution of C++ standard and its implementations that help to understand some of the peculiarities of how C++ works today and some of the directions it's likely to evolve in.
The book is divided into 4 parts. Part I gives a basic overview of the template mechanisms in C++ and part II goes into more detail on this. Part III applies templates to standard problems, while part IV covers more exotic uses of templates similar to what is discussed in Alexandrescu's _Modern C++ Design_. Even for a reasonably experienced template user like me, there were many details I learned even from the most fundamental part I.
This is a near perfect book (apart from a few apparent bugs in the code examples that hopefully will get corrected) that will greatly benefit any programmer who works with template based code.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Gini Courter, Annette Marquis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Microsoft Office 2000, masterful

After looking at all of the office 2000 books available, I thought this one was the friendliest. Nice typeset, easy on the eyes, a good index. Lots of tips. Great for the beginner and helpful to people who are upgrading from an earlier version. It tells the reader how. Now if you really want to go deeper into the subjects consider getting each of the Mastering books separately.