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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic For All Levels


This book is fantastic for all levels of readers. You can be highly skilled in other areas of computers or an absolute novice and this book will allow you to grasp C quite easily. By far the best beginning C book out there, this book will teach you C regardless of your OS, your experience level, and whether or not you have a compiler to use. Everything is easy to understand and fun to read at the same time.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of a Kind


This book is must for anyone who manages web development. From tips on workflow and processes to working with clients and timelines, this book spells it all out for you. Even if you are a seasoned web designer, you will find information in this book that can stream line your work flow even further.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great resource


The subtitle claims this volume is the definitive guide, I believe it. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the current cascading style sheets specification and how it is being of being implemented (or not). The focus is on the CSS2 and CSS2.1 specs. My first impression of the book was that it would be a valuable reference manual, but as I began to read it, I soon realized it would serve as a great instructional source also. The writing style is as if a good friend sat down to explain style sheets. I found the pacing of the material to appropriate and the detail of the explanations to be exhaustive.
The chapter on selectors (chapter 2) was extremely valuable for me. It helped me to understand why some things did not work as I thought they should. Throughout the book, differences between the specification and the implementation in certain products are explained. Additionally, the differences between various levels of CSS are highlighted. The book has numerous examples for the CSS elements and variations.
This is a great book on CSS, but I wish that electronic versions of the examples were available. This is the only shortcoming of the book that I see. This book is a great tutorial and a valuable reference. Regular practice of the techniques contained within this volume can assist the reader in voiding the abuse of the table and fonts tags.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Useless for intermediate or beginning SQL programmers


I haven't even made it all the way through the book, but feel confident giving this book 5 stars just on the strength of the XML coverage. Henderson does an excellent job of taking a simple HTML page and stepping through how you would logically turn it into an XML document, including DTDs, XML Schemas, XSLT and more. Before I bought this book, I had no idea of the relation of all of those separate files, but it's all clear now.
He also goes into great detail about the FOR XML clause, and the different options available. The section about using a universal table with FOR XML EXPLICIT to create complex XML documents is great.
Beyond XML, the topics are all great -- arrays, unoducmented procedures, functions and tasks, tips on programming style and efficiency, ...the list goes on.
All the while the writing style is very personal and to the point. He doesn't waste space with a ton of screen shots or overly-long result sets.
Highly recommended.