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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Jeff Webb, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Average Microsoft Study Guide


What I liked about this book is that it presents concepts and major subject areas quite clearly and without the verbose tedium that characterizes a lot of programming books. Also, the code samples exemplify what each chapter is talking about without a lot of extranneous junk to sort through. I skipped most of the exercises at the end of each chapter 'cause I think I learn more - and have more fun - just making up little apps that do the same things. But the exercises I looked at seemed OK.
What I didn't like about the book is that the areas that it emphasizes aren't necessarily what was emphasized in the exam. I didn't even go through the practice exam on the CD because the MS practice exams on the three other MCSD exams I've taken were so unlike the real exams that I don't think they're worth spending any time on.
The book did help me pass the exam. But, it is not what I would consider to be a good study guide. From what I've seen, this is pretty typical of MS study guides. They usually have some good information but don't seem to focus on the areas that the exams emphasize. Like other reviewers, I had to use other sources of information to get prepared. I don't mean that I expect to be soon-fed all the answers, or even that all the details should necessarily be spelled out. I just think a study guide should be fairly accurate in terms of telling you what you need to know. That's why I only giver this book two stars.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3ds max 6 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kelly L. Murdock
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Weak tutorials .. detailed reference


A huge, boring refence-style tome...
I am not sure if it can be useful in any way.. the tutorials are too
simple or to "mechanical" to be a good learning instrument for the Max newbie, and the theory is very ample but not deep enough to be
useful to the expert. Not recommended unless you are a UI maniac interested in the name of every single button and menu item of the huge Max interface.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A well written book and comprehensive introduction to Java.


Bruce Eckel obviously knows OOP well and presents his expertise in a thoughtful manner. The book is well organized with lots of examples highlighting various OOP concepts. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning Java programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Highly recommended


This book is deffinantly worth having, but don't take it as the bible. It's humor is fun, and it doesn't take a huge time investment to read.