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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The BEST book for classical ASP

Obsolete??? Hardly. As I write this review, new Web page technologies are being matured: jsp, php, chm (yech). New models are being matured: Servlets, STRUTS, .NET. Classical ASP 3.0 is still quick, fast and necessary for small to medium businesses, even enterprise-level webpages. There's no better book to learn all the standards, applications, basics, and advanced capabilities of ASP than THIS book.
I love Wrox. I started with their Beginning ASP 2.0 book (how I learned). This book, a bit more advanced but in the beginning level, is still all you need to get things going from single tiered applications to multi-tiered, database driven apps. It goes into COM objects and other MS Services like Index. Really a one-stop book.
With this book and Google you have all the reference you need.
Note: ASP 3.0 is in no way, shape, or form similar to ASP.net.
A small, tiny complaint about this book is that it can be a bit wordy...just a tad. And the index in the back could use a bit more improvement. The info's still in there.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book there is for A+ Hardware exam and decent for...

the Operating Systems exam.
Be sure to get the updated edition for the new A+ exams that CompTIA released this year (2001).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Serial Port Complete
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson, Jan Axelson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Title Matches Content

I bought the book hoping that it would cover RS-485 well enough for me to use it as a reference for my next project. I wasn't disappointed. It has all the needed information.
The really nice thing I didn't expect was the helpful "guidelines for trouble-free RS-485 links", which included hints on how to deal with cable delay, impedance, termination, reflections, noise, topologies, circuit protection, etc...
I'm not sure how some of these other reviewers were disappointed. The book is very detailed (for the expert), but still easy to read (for the beginner). There is information about how to use microcontrollers and PCs, but it doesn't come at the cost of information on serial communication. In fact, I found that some of the examples using microcontrollers gave me a few ideas for my project.( )
BASIC is a completely logical language to use for showing examples in this book. It is simple and concise. Anyone who complains about it is a zealot, fighting some language war.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Electro-Optical Systems: Making It All Work
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Philip C. D. Hobbs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Instant Classic

This book has achieved instant classic status around our electronics and optics labs, and sits prominently on my bookshelf along with Horowitz & Hill, Gray & Meyer, Dostal, Johnson & Graham, some other highly-valued technical texts and app. notes. The amount of knowledge packed into it is truly intimidating. It covers both the electronics and optics parts of electro-optical systems, from the practical perspective of someone who obviously has had a lot of hard-core experience in designing, constructing and "making them work." Besides the basic theory, there are a lot of tricks, techniques and technical lore that I've never seen in other textbooks. As an EE-type thrust into the world of electro-optics when I started a new job, I found the section on low-noise photodiode amplifiers to be particularly valuable. Its common-sense approach to performance and component tradeoffs is the best I've come across.
One warning: this book is not for beginners - it's aimed mostly at the graduate or senior undergraduate level, although an advanced technician would probably gain something from it.