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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very complete

This is a good reference book

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Degunking Windows
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Joli Ballew, Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Get your (Windows) house in order

Degunking Windows is about cleaning up a PC from the inside out - deleting unnecessary files, uninstalling extraneous programs, scrubbing the registry, organizing desktop items, cleaning up and organizing email and attachments, optimizing and tweaking software settings, and removing spyware. The emphasis is on regaining control of your PC and keeping Windows and your applications lean and smooth.

I recommend this book for people who are looking for a "good housekeeping" approach to taking care of their computers. The fact that the book explains WHY you should do many things makes it easy to apply to everyday activities.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition with CD-ROM and Online Subscription
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
Authors: Merriam-Webster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Dictionary

Excellent concise dictionary. Definitions are clear and succinct. I find myself frequently referring to it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste your money

This book is cheap, but you get what you pay for. I bought this book to use as a reference, but was sorely disappointed whenever I looked up a topic, only to find no mention of it. The index only goes up to "W", so you won't find XML mentioned anywhere. I wanted to know how to load XML into a datagrid, but this book didn't get me any closer.
The book focuses almost exclusively on the datagrid control (so a more apt title would be "Datagrid Kick Start"). You won't even find much (if anything) on listboxes, combo boxes, checkboxes, or radio buttons. It's always possible that these topics are mentioned somewhere in the book but not in the index.
I wound up returning it and purchasing "Programming ASP.Net" by Jesse Liberty. It's more expensive, but very comprehensive. As an aside, I was lucky they took it back since the poor quality binding was already starting to come loose.