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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSD .NET Solution Architectures Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-300)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Randy Cornish, Don Pavoni, Thomas Moore, Eric Rockenbach, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book prepares well for the test.

I just passed the 70-300 exam and used this book to study for it.
The book is a comprehensive review of everything that you may need to know for the exam. However, some sections are repeated without any good reason. The questions at the end of each chapter are similar in nature to the ones that I saw on the exam.
It took me 12 days, spending about an hour - an hour and half per day, to get through the book. I did pass the other .Net tests before I read the book, so majority of the material was a review.
Although I do have many years of experience as an architect, I found a lot of useful information in this book that will help me design better products and solutions in the future.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Ever more stuff to love about Google...

It seems like nary a month goes by that I don't learn something new about Google that hooks me ever more deeply into the site. After reading Google Hacks (2nd Edition) by Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest (O'Reilly), I have enough "hooks" for the next year...

Chapter list: Web; Advanced Web; Images; News and Groups; Add-Ons; Gmail; Ads; Webmastering; Programming Google; Index

You probably know it by now, but the Hacks concept is built around 100 cool tips, tricks, and "hacks" related to the particular subject of the book. In this case, the subject is Google. I must have missed the first edition, because I don't remember ever reading any of this material in this form before. The first chapter deals with basic search tricks like mapping (#7 - Think Global, Google Local) and stock tracking (#8 - Track Stocks). Nothing incredibly new there that I haven't seen elsewhere, even though I may not always remember it when I need to. :-) The advanced section starts to pick up with things like #46 - Spot Trends with Geotargeting and #47 - Bring the Google Calculator to the Command Line. Learning how to "browse" the World Wide photo album in #51 was cool. For me, the book completely earned its keep with the gmail chapter. I didn't know about "plus addressing", which really rocks. And based on #79 - Use Gmail as a Windows Drive, I now have a 1 GB spare hard drive that I can use to transfer 10 MB files (or less) from home to work and back... Tres cool!

If you have a background in programming, you'll get even more out of the book. There are plenty of scripting examples using Perl, Python, and other languages that allow you to manipulate the Google API to integrate Google features into your applications. But even if that's not your forte, you'll still benefit a lot from the non-programming tips. Especially if you've never taken a lesson in the search syntax that Google provides.

If Google is your search engine of choice but you've never gotten beyond the basic search interface, you need this book. There's a whole world out there you know nothing about... Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 Developer's Handbook Volume 1: Desktop Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gilbert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Invaluable Information

I have found the book to be absolutely invaluable. I was in great need of an API call to control the printer. The wizard provided, could not be used since the product was going to be distributed to 1000's of end users in runtime. I searched, begged, pleaded, and could not find the code I needed anywhere. Dan Applemans book was not something I really wanted to tackle unless I had to. Lo an behold, in a user group, linked to Getz. The routines I needed. Where was it. Right in the book I usually use for my main source. (Didn't know if I should shoot myself, or jump for joy) I think it's obvious which I chose.And I think your choice should be this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Mark Allen Weiss
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well explained.

Mark Allen Weiss did a superb job at explaining the very abstract material. I think every person interested in computer Science should read.