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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great for beginners but too easy for professionals


As a beginner to VB programming without much of C, or C++ knowledge, this book is great. For people who come from a programming background, this book explains too much simple concepts but not enough in-depth details. You get a general feel of what you can do with VB. This book is worth its value if you don't know anything about VB.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Voice & Data Communications Handbook (Standards & Protocols)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Regis J. Bates, Donald W. Gregory
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Grade A Content, C for Delivery


I'm new to telecom and bought this book to get up to speed. I must say first and foremost that I am getting up to speed.
But right after that I have to say that I can't read more than 10 pages in a row without finding a glaring error. For example, the term "jitter" is defined twice in two pages. Why? Plenty of typos, some of the illustrations look like the postscript monster ate them, and the 1,000 pages could easily be condensed to 500-600 by getting rid of redundancy.
For example, the difference between analog amplifiers and digital repeaters is defined around 5 times in the first 300 pages (with more or less the same illustration at least two of those times). So, yeah, I get the concept now and couldn't forget it if I wanted to, but I didn't need to be told so many times.
All that said, if I would recommend this book to anyone new to telecom, but advise them to be gentle critics or keep their red pens handy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Cristian Darie, Mihai Bucica
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
where the rubber meets the road ... getting it DONE


On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, this book is a ***** 10 *****

I can't remember a programming book, that I thought warranted more than 4 stars. It seems that there's always some shortcoming (often irritating e.g. most authors rarely bother to comment code and most publishers seem to lack ink to BOLD what's being illustrated). This book is replete with commented, SUCCINCT code snippets, cleverly laced together ... as it builds and builds toward ever more sophisticated and feature-rich implementations. WELL-conceived organization and layout.

Want to learn how to do cross-selling recommendations? Jump into chapter 10; in just 8 pages you'll have it knocked. No need to read preceeding chapters (though you should); it's so clearly presented that you can hop around chapters and use it as a commercial implementation(s) reference book.

In fact, I can't remember a programming book, that I bought without, FIRST, reading reviews. Since the subject matter is so vitally important (unless you're backlogged with string-parsing projects <G> ), I gambled ... and pre-ordered this - before release date. Boy, oh boy, did I WIN on THAT gamble!

This is about the sixth PHP book (based on those best recommendations) I've gone through, since spring; so, it's not like I'm not intensely aware of what else is out there. I'm amazed at how many critical commercial topics they've crammed into this book. I can't remember a programming book where the writing flowed so smoothly, briefly introducing and framing the examples ... a programming book that's EASY to read? Am I dreaming? The editors really earned their keep on this one! EVERY computer book publisher ought to examine this one - closely; this sets the bar for presentation, brevity and clarity.

Any LAMP person who doesn't get this book, just "doesn't get it"! If Santa doesn't leave a copy of this under the tree of any LAMP person in the world, then that person must have been VERY BAD, indeed! <G>

My hat's off to the authors - for in-depth knowledge of the subject(s), artful presentation, organization and skill at teaching your craft. You are TRULY "world class"!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Promotes consistency with Microsoft manuals.


This text ensures writers that the documentation they provide the users follows similar standards as set by Microsoft. Users will feel comfortable with the similarities they see in the use of terminology and font style between their sets of documentation. The diskette that accompanies this text provides quick online access to the topics in the text.