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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rebecca M. Riordan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Take the reviews advice

I bought this book despite it's bad reviews and I must say that I am sorry I did. This book is very poorly written. I got only to chapter 3 and the examples have led me to debug to get them to work. Example, chapter 3 asks you to connect to an Access database (OleDB) with a SQL Object! No, no. It also in the same chapter references a view in the PROVIDED Access database off the disk named OrderTotals thats not even there!

I would have given this 0 stars, but it was not an option.

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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I used this to brush up on my HTML...

I had been dabling in HTML for several years when I got this book. For all I thought I knew about HTML, this book was able to quickly and to the point fill in a lot of the holes for me and expose me to some new ways of doing web stuff. After two minutes with this book, I was able to easily convert a paying customer's web pages to the frames way of presenting their content on the web and then was able to add some extras to it that I otherwise would have been clueless about. Whether you know some HTML or are just starting out, I think this book has something to offer you -especially if you are just starting out. The reason this book is helpful in grasping what HTML coding will result in is that is shows you pictures of the results. If you don't like to read boring technical programming language manuals then this book is definitely for you. This book does not rely on lengthy wordy explanations -it shows you the code, briefly explaning each part, shows you the result, and then offers brief application notes pertinent to applying what you learned to your project. Any one could sit down with this book and quickly learn how to create decent appealing web pages.

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
number one

Forget about this book If you are teen flash "designer". This is maybe number one book ever printed for everyone involved into web developments/design process. Not easy to read but has any information necessary. MUST HAVE for pros.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Disappointing for the scope

For a book that is dedicated to Swing, I found the book uninsightful. The organization of the book is confusing and thus difficult to use. The table of contents are a somewhat helpful in this area, but since there is no index, it is not very useful as a reference text. Unfortunately it not particularly good as an introduction to the Swing interface either, so I am not quite sure who is the best audience. But there is a lot of raw data, so some should find some value from it, particularly if this is the only information available on Swing.