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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Classical book on the subject, but not good for beginners


I recommend Shalloway's "Design Patterns Explained" as an introductory book, after that you can read the introduction of the gang of four book, learn the intents of all 23 patterns and use the rest of the book as a reference.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SAS Programming by Example
Publisher: SAS Institute, Incorporated
Authors: Ron Cody, Ray Pass
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Too simplistic for many SAS users


This book might be great for someone who has never used SAS before, and has also never used any kind of programming language at all.
For just about everyone else, this book is simply too simple. I'm not a SAS guru by any means, but there was absolutely nothing in here that I hadn't already picked up in a few months of playing around with SAS.
Two other books I'd recommend for peolpe who need any kind of depth would be "Applied Statistics and the SAS Programming Language" (by Cody and Smith) and "SAS Applications Programming" (by Dilorio).



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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A clear, comprehensive reference.


Forget Front Page. This book makes raw HTML easy to write. The book is well organized and cross referenced. This book is a definite fingertip reference.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jason Beres
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book


This is the best book for Visual Studio.NET beginner. Just as the book's title, you really can learn VS.net in 21 days. The first seven days are awesome. Even if you never use any version of VS before or totally have no idea about the .NET concept. After reading the first week's contents, you would feel like you really get into the zone of .NET framework and vs.NET. The second week, it mainly talk about ADO.net, XML, and the programming languages. I was a bit disappointed about this part. ADO.net is much more complicated than the first week's basic stuffs, and the author was trying to make the completeness, squashed most of major features of ADO.net in just 2-3 days. So from this point, we have to forgive him. (there is a lot of good ADO.net books in the market, go get one if you want to go further. I bought the MS ADO.net core reference) The last seven days talks about some advanced features (some of them only available in vs.net enterprise edition)or third party addons of VS.net, such as, crystal report, application center test, and sourcesafe. This information is good references for expericenced vs.NET users. (but it's a little bit too much for beginners).Like all tech books, there are some errors in this book, especially in the second week.Overall, I got what I paid for. The book brought me in the vs.NET door. I give 3 stars for it. (I take two stars off because of the second week and the errors)