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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for beginners


I've just finished all the chapters in this book except the final case study . . . AND :) it is one of the finest books that I have seen for beginners in ASP/ADO topic. It is very detailed and yet precise. Highly recommended. I am now ready for the Professional ASP book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for beginners


I've just finished all the chapters in this book except the final case study . . . AND :) it is one of the finest books that I have seen for beginners in ASP/ADO topic. It is very detailed and yet precise. Highly recommended. I am now ready for the Professional ASP book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jason Beres
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
misleading and filled with errors and the site is down


I just purchased Teach yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 days from Amazon. In the introduction the book advertises itself as a book for novices: "nothing is taken for granted in any of the days"... this is clearly misleading as upon reading the book I have found that the content of the book is quite obviously targeted to experienced VB programmers who have previously built windows forms apps. As a professional teacher I am appalled at this ruse and at the instructional design of this book. I think it is misleading (read dishonest) to positionf this book as something for beginners. The lessons do not progress from simple to advanced as should be the case... but jump from beginner to advanced to intermediate in random order. For example.. object lifecycle is an intermediate concept that should be dealt with after a learner has mastered more basic ideas and yet it is covered on day three. This concept is covered at a MUCH later time in all the other tutorial materials I have purchased and seen. There are too many other examples of this haphazard approach to instruction to mention...



Instructional design flaws aside, I have found glaring errata. For example..Figure 3.14 shows a web form instead of "Multiple MDIchildren open in an MDIparent form". Most of the code samples imple don't work. Did anyone actually proofread this book before it went to press?



I have to say I was surprised to be disappointed this way. Sams usually provides much better books than this.



At any rate, I have resigned myself to simply using this book as a pointer, or introduction to things that can be done in Visual Studio. To this end I needed the code samples which were also advertised in the book.



I had hoped to gain access to the code samples and errata on the web site advertised by the author in the introduction: www.vbasp.net



This address routes to a 403 error... I cannot go to the site. From looking at other reviews I see that many others have had the same problem.

Mr. Beres purports to be a .NET evangelist... he does a disservice to the .NET community by producing such misleading and flawed material and targetting it to beginners.

Bottom line... if you are an experienced programmer you'll find the flawed code samples frustrating and unprofessional. If you are a beginner you'll wish you hadn't wasted your money.




Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: E. Garrison Walters
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A REMARKABLE FIND !


THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO COMPUTING is simply an extraordinary achievement. It reflects a breadth of knowledge and clarity of presentation that is remarkable. It makes every effort to distill knowledge about computers and computing in an easy, reader-friendly, memorable way. For computer users everywhere -- in organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and individuals -- this volume gives multiple ways of getting to know more about computing in its fast changing environment. First, you get to know the foundations of how computers and computing works in practical, everyday language. Second, you get a reference book that explains key terms, key workings, and key interconnections among the parts.
The most noteworthy aspect of the book is its superb coherence in presenting vast amounts of computing knowledge arranged in for easy understanding. Information and explanations in one chapter are referenced in subsequent ones, never failing to explain connections among them, with a view to present an overall picture of how computers and computing works.
Each chapter highlights technical terms related to computing and information technology, provides an overview of specific aspects as for example "An Overview of How Storage Works" (Chapter 2, p.40), and highlights in grey explanations of widely used terms such as "Disks From a User's Perspective" (p. 56). Each chapter also ends with a summary list of questions that focus on self-evaluating one's grasp of the chapter's contents.
E. Garrison Walters' book will continue to enrich the understanding of all who enjoy working with computers at work or for pleasure. I wish this book had been available to guide me in computing long before I found it, and, that I had written it ! It is a remarkable achievement!