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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for students!!

I've been using C# since early beta and this book is by far the most comprehensive coverage of the language currently available. Make sure you read that last sentence carefully. This book is not a .NET book. However, this is exactly the type of book that is needed for those of us who want to learn the core language itself.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Information Systems, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Ralph Stair
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
An easy introduction to information systems

Prescribed to all new BCom students locally as part of an introductory informatics course, it serves it purpose colourfully and with lots of applications in real world situations. Not completely up to date on the newest issues, but worth a buy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Book.

This book is a welcome respite from the technologically-oriented books on technology. The authors do a nice job of telling the story behind what has become the Internet. It is not a technical manual of how stuff works in the computer network. It is a glimpse into how stuff works in the human network. A historical perspective is more than just the facts; it is an interpretation of those facts, to help frame our present in some context. This book gives us some perspective of how the ARPAnet came into being. For anyone involved in the field of computer networking, this book is a "must-read".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Development with Ant
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Steve Loughran
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Practical Guide

I borrowed this book from a friend for the weekend. Detailed explanations and samples from the book were enough to convert my "make and batch files" based environment to much more efficient "ant" based one. Taking into account that I have several thousands Java classes spreaded between many packages and projects I consider 2 days to be a reasonable amount of time. Without that book it could take way more than a week, especially setting the parts related to testing and deployment.