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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
who says it takes longer?

I managed to muddle my way through simple dialog-box based applications with hardly any documentation -- just advice from colleagues. When I got assigned to write a real live multi-threaded, multi-document app, I tried the books lying around the office which had helped me considerably with the simpler apps, but which left me much confused about things like device contexts. Why all of a sudden CClientDC instead of CPaintDC? And what is a DC anyway exactly? They say, "See, if you do this and this, then you can draw an ellipse that wiggles around." So I do that, and then try changing parameters, and am left only able to draw that ellipse. I can't make it purple.

I hate feeling like I don't really, REALLY know why I'm doing what I'm doing. And Prosise was an effective (and therefore quick) book which left me feeling like I knew. After about 2 days of reading and working with the examples, I felt I understood device contexts mapping modes, why I don't tell the Ellipse() routine what color ellipse I want. Prior to that, I'd spent 2 weeks with other books, not really getting it, not effectively able to modify the examples in the book.

Something about the way he organized it just got me to a point of clarity quicker, without nearly as much frustration. So don't let the 1300 pages throw you. It's not hard to read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference book, one of the best on the market

I bought this book as a text book for a class on Web Page Design. I found this book to be somewhat confusing, and the examples unclear. The book does contain all of the important HTML Topics: CSS, Forms, Frames, along with the basic HTML codes; and explains them in detail. It is also well organized. But, as a novice, I would have liked to have seen the book cater more towards the inexperienced HTML Author. I think it would have been better to give the reader a more "user friendly" text.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Exam List of Topics........NOT Exam Guide

Unlike the other Cisco Press guide books, this exam guide has no where near the level of detail you need to pass the new CCIE R&S Exam. Recommend using the Exam Blue print at the Cisco web site and the recommended reading list (but not this book). My recommended "must KNOW to pass" reading list: Recommend Routing TCP/IP Vol 1&2, Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Series), IP Quality of Service, and CCIE practical studies, Vol 1. These books will get you started on way to CCIE certification.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide (CCNP Self-Study, 642-811), Second Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: David Hucaby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for CCNP Recertification

The CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide is a great resource for CCNP recertification. The material is not in-depth but informative enough for those that have taken a BCMSN exam before. The accompanying CD-ROM with sample test questions is also very helpful. With this book, along with the CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide and related Transcender practice exams, I was able to pass the CCNP Composite exam (642-891) and complete my CCNP recertification.