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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
good content; poor presentation; free on web...

This book had pretty good content, but it is essentially just a bound printout of the book which is available for free on the author's website.
Don't waste your money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit (Pro - Resource Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Bill English
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive and Well Written

This is an excellent resource for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. I especially like the fact that it comes with a searchable electronic version of the book on CD along with some other useful tools and examples.
Bill provides in-depth information about the various aspects of planning and deploying a SharePoint portal that will help you avoid the common pitfalls of the process. The only way to undo some design choices is to start over. It's better to get it right the first time.
In addition to planning and deployment, Bill covers the common administrative tasks in an easy to follow step-by-step mannner. Click here, enter this, do that, click there. Concise, point-form instructions that let you get things done when you need to without plodding through a bunch verbiage.
I have even handed this weighty tome to an end user that took an empty site and had it themed and full of content within a couple of days. This is part of a project converting an ASP based Intranet resource site over to SharePoint. They have all of the documents that they want to share and I just turned them loose. Hours of time saved for me because with the easy instructions provided in the book, they were able to just do it themselves.
One caveat to the potential purchaser is in order. This is not a book for developers. While it does provide some insight into web part development, it is fairly sparse. This is a book that is directed solidly at the Planning, Deployment, Operation, and Maintenance of a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 installation. And in that, it succeeds marvelously.
Dave - Application Architect - Stryker Canada LP

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great if dense reference book

For experienced programmers, this book provides the day to day reference information that keeps businesses afloat. This is not a book from which to learn C due to the lack of examples and thorough explanation. A great compromise book is Kelly and Pohls "A Book On C" which maintains the reference like compact-ness (no 1000 page manual here) while offering enough examples and explanations to effectively assist the novice programmer. Kelly and Pohl get 5 stars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2003 in 21 Days, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Steve Holzner
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

On page 175 he says you can use the form name instead of Me to refer to the form without any other code! This is crazy. I giving sams the shadow of a doubt, wrote microsoft and told them about this and said is there something wrong with my VB .NET soft? They said no. They said that you cannot do this. The reason for the 1star is because of the continual use of this error! Please Correct me if i am wrong.
In Visual Basic 6, a special default instance of each form is automatically created for you, and allows you to use the form's name to access this instance. What this means is that the Visual Basic 6.0 code Form1.Text="hello" has the effect of showing the "default" instance of Form1, but it doesn't work at all in Visual Basic .NET. In .NET there is no default instance. Form1 refers only to the class that represents your form, and this class cannot be used without creating an instance.
This is why ME.Text = "Hello" works fine while Form1.Text="hello" doesn't work. In Visual Studio .NET, form1 is just a class name. The Text property can only be referenced by instance. 'ME' represents current instance and ME.Text = "Hello" works fine.
He did not say how to do this...He just said you could use the forms name insead of ME. This is incorrect