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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for Beginner / Intermediate Programmers


I have a limited programming background, having completed a couple VB6 courses, and I have some background in C, HTML, and SQL. I'm just now starting my first C++ course. Having had VB prior really helped to prepare me with the object basics, methods, classes, components, and events. I was truly able to understand 99% of the book, including the code examples. Some of the syntax was not explained adequately, but if you do not let it bog you down, most of it you will understand by the time you finish the book.
There were alot of calls made to Java methods which are not explained, but the J-Builder v2.01 software which came with my book has a very useful online reference section(go to Help-Java Reference). This reference has an index where you can look up the class heirarchies, descriptions, syntax and usage of all methods and constructors, and much more (Examples of each method and other simple code samples would be nice, though).
Most of the book's code samples were challenging enough to be interesting and just long enough to illustrate the concept. There were a number of errors, many of which you can be forewarned about at the book's website. The author encourages personal email questions, but he sends back an automated message saying it will be a few weeks before he can get to your question.
I liked that the code samples only had a very limited amount of comment statements, but the author goes over the new concepts in the code line-per-line in the text. For me, the first (7) chapters were the hardest and seemed to cover the essential code basics and object/class concepts, but after that I really felt the material got easier and had a nice flow to it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent C++ Level Introduction to the COM Basics


COM is rich in good books. It has the heavenly three (D. Chappel, D. Box, K. Brockschmidt) and now this one. It is a good alternative to Don Boxes (Mr. COM) masterpiece. It clearly explains the foundations on a C++ level and no more. You will have to turn to Brockschmidt for that. I strongly recommand this book and wish more other subjects would have books on comparable quality.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional VB.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Fred Barwell, Richard Case, Bill Forgey, Billy Hollis, Tim McCarthy, Jonathan Pinnock, Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Whitney Hankison, Rockford Lhotka, Jan Narkiewicz, Rama Ramachandran, Matthew Reynolds, John Roth, Bill Sheldon, Bill Sempf
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
nice and clear to the point.


Good book if you want to find how to apply VB.NET in different areas. BUT if you want to know VB.NET itself, don't waste your time, it should be the last book in your list.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A "must have" for anyone serious about interactive media


This is the foundational book to use when developing out your own process. Either as a small start-up company or a large interactive department, this book provides you with an amazing toolkit to develop a process that works for you.

I've used the information from both Workflow that Works to develop a creative design process for nearly every company I have worked for or with.

I've purchased copies of this book for some traditional designers to help them understand the differences between our worlds. It's written in such a way that they get it right away.