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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robot Building for Beginners
Publisher: Apress
Authors: David Cook
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, a book I can understand!

This is the robot book I've been waiting for. A lot of other books were way over my head, but this one provides lots of simple steps to get going. The m&ms tube and Ziploc container crack me up.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Fine for what it is...

This book is most appropriate for the programmer or analyst who finds himself in an internal organization in charge of his first big project. It's full of management advice, potential pitfalls, and sample forms you might otherwise have to write from scratch. (McConnell is also a big fan of pushing software to a releasable state periodically during development, and he gives a good talk about what that's likely to cost and achieve.) But I concur with the earlier reviewer that what many of us need now is a book on guerilla project management--how to bring a project to success in spite of management's lack of understanding of or interest in these principles, or at least some advice on how to bring them around. This is not that book. The Guide also lacked useful advice on staffing and motivational issues. McConnell assumes that all team members are pulling in the same direction and are reasonably productive, and if they're not you should just get rid of them. While I sympathize, my experience is that in this economy successfully completing projects with the staff you have, whatever their level of talent and motivation, is the most important survival skill of all.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Vba and Macros for Microsoft Excel (Business Solutions)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Bill Jelen, Tracy Syrstad
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
How did this get published?

As a VBA programmer wanting to better my skills, I picked up this book. That was a big mistake.

It didn't take me long before I found the first error. Of course at first, I thought it might be the only one. I noted it down to send to the author later.

Then I found another, and another. Finally the list got too long to send. And some of them were quite substantial, in my opinion!

Some of these so-called "tips" will only work if you have a particular version of Excel running a particular version of Windows. They won't work for everyone. That will frustrate many readers.

Other tips are written in such an awkward way that the reader is sure to do them wrong.

Didn't anybody proofread this book before printing??

The only reason I can see for buying it is to line your birdcage. Don't waste your money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Informative and easy to use

Html 4 For Dummies looks at the basics and not so basics of how to set up web pages using html code. It makes adding stuff to existing web pages easy and fun. The book is full of online references and even comes with a disk that contains examples of how to set up web features such as forms and images. If you are setting up a web page or are thinking of adding stuff to your existing page this book is a definate help and a must for a reference guide.