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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book

This is an excellent book for players looking to improve their Texas Hold'em skills. The book starts out with important poker concepts. The chapter on odds and probability is a must read for any serious player. I now know how to apply mathematics at the table rather than just calling hoping to get lucky. The starting hand chapters are excellent which include some charts which are now posted next to my computer for easy viewing. The flop chapters are very comprehensive and at times cover advanced concepts that I am not sure apply at the lower limits, but useful nevertheless. There are a lot of interesting concepts about the Internet throughout the entire book. Any player with a little study should be able to win on the Internet with the advice of this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good

The authors make this programming language/enviroment easy to learn. It gives you a basic start on the language. By start I don't just mean you can get around in it, but you also can start making your own web applications. It does give you a basic tutorial for database programming with ASP.NET, but if you need to work with them then I'd get the ASP.NET Database Programming for Dummies too.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A miserable book

This book was 50% off at my local book store, and now I know why. This book only has enough concrete information for a 200-page book. The rest is filled with trivial examples, simple concepts which should take one page padded to twenty, and baseball statistics - lots of baseball statistics. How did this book ever get a 4-star rating?
Well, I'm off to find a good XML book. Please, do not buy this book, no matter what the discount!

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
Great HTML Tutorial for Beginners

I've been doing some HTML coding over the past five years and recently delved into learning HTML 4.01, XHTML, CSS, and some of the other newer technologies. After reading some more technical books, I looked at this one to see why it's so popular. It's easy to see why. All the basics of HTML and related technologies such as graphics, multimedia, and CSS are explained very simply with tons of examples HTML code and screenshots of browsers.
Now for the downside of the book: it's fairly short but covers a lot of topics. This means there is very little depth to the discussion, and lots of details are left out. If you're just getting started with HTML, that's probably appropriate. But after you digest a good chunk of this book, you'll want to get a meatier HTML or web design book and go back and fill in the missing pieces.
One more nit about this book: in my years of dealing with HTML, I've too often run across an HTML page that worked great in some browsers, but failed miserably on another. These failures included crashing the browser and printing thousands of pages to the printer! In every case, simply validating the HTML with the W3C validator would have picked up the problem right away. This book does mention using the validator, but only after you've noticed a problem. Take my advice: after getting each HTML page to look good in one browser, validate it! You'll save yourself and others lots of trouble.