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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beginners Paradise

Excellent stuff if you are a beginner.For advanced junta, there are other hard-core books on ASP, forget this one.
Actually this book is only for beginners. If you know nothing about ASP then this one is for you. I am not sure that you will be able to do any advanced scripting with this one, but if you are a newcomer to scripting world or ASP then this is the ultimate choice.
Everything is explained in a simple manner. Starting from the basics of ASP to VBScript, Objects - Session, Server etc, File System Object and to Databases, everything is explained keeping "beginners woes" in mind.There are lots of examples that help you to grasp the VBScript and ASP.
Must buy for a beginner.
If you want to enter ASP, then this is the first step. GO GET IT !!!.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not bad, but dated now

This book isn't all that bad, especially if you don't intend to read it cover to cover. There are portions of the XML tutorials that are very informative and to the point. Some of the examples are also well thought out and educational. Its weak point lies in its structure and its overall focus. It seems to bounce around a bit, and I can see how some readers might lose their way or get confused.

The best way to use this book is as a reference guide. Look up what you need from the index, and read up on it. For a more thorough approach to learning about the entire world of XML, though, there are better titles available.

Also, having said all that, this book is a bit dated by now. Any current book on XML would introduce you to some of the newer XML standards that have emerged.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very interesting book.

I was just on a 8-hour flight that turned into a 13-hour flight with delays.

I was able to read the Code Book in it entirely. This is the only time I did not mind the delays, since it is such a interesting and captivating book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programmer's Cookbook
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential quick-reference

This book is essentially a roughly-categorized list of neat things you can do with VB.NET. Most of the tasks are ones you would think of and could figure out, but maybe have to struggle through the helpfiles and language reference in order to determine how to do it.
Not so if you own this book. Simply look up a topic it covers, and not only will it present the solution in general terms in plain, easy-to-understand, concise English, but it generally provides easy-to-apply sample code.
This book is an essential reference for any VB.NET programmer and I only wish that the "cookbook" format was used for other languages (Java, C++, C#, or .NET in general).