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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XHTML Black Book: A Complete Guide to Mastering XHTML
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Steven Holzner
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for beginners and advanced


I have had NO previous experience in IT whatsoever. The book was very simple written, step by step.I learned the basics of XHTML very quickly. Now, I am experienced web page builder and don't write codes anymore (I use web page building Applications), but believe me, I open that book almost everyday to refresh my memory.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Resource


This is one fantastic book for those of you who work with MySQL or administer systems using it. It's not for those who really don't know any SQL whatsoever (you should look elsewhere if you want to learn SQL per se), but more for those people who already know the syntax and just need a reference on administering MySQL.
It's been a great help to me. I highly recommend it....



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a must-have for python programmers


Let me put it this way - I carry this book to work everyday in my bag, because I don't want to be at home or at work without it.
This is an excellent specimen of a technical reference. Its organization and content are both superb. I have not yet found any errata.
Of course, the Amazon reviewer isn't sure that Python is a good language to work in, and if you agree, then this probably isn't the book for you. The little search box can help you find books about other languages that you do like. I don't recall a similar judgement about Lee et al's Java library reference, and find its inclusion here odd and unharmonious.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must have for serious .NET developers


I disagree with some of the poor reviews, because as the author states in the foreword: This is not a tutorial. So if you are new to the CLR read another book prior to reading this book.
That said, I find must of the book to qualify for a 5-star review. The chapters 6-10 are great! Also I like the discussion of the CLR loader in chapter 2. But most of the stuff in chapter 1-5 should be known to the reader of a book like this one, and I found the chapters a bit boring (this is why I only give the book a 4-star review).
I especially liked the discussion of the message based architecture in the CLR dealing with context, attributes, properties and message sink chains. This is used by the CLR during Cross-context, Cross-AppDomain and Cross-Machine method invocations and can be freely extended by anyone to implement interception based aspects/services.
The author explains very well the fact that the CLR defines a new managed execution model for managed code that you are encouraged to use to your benefit, but free to leave at any time. Don Box gives you the feeling that there is an OS underneath the CLR managed execution model, and that the CLR v1.0 ultimately will execute platform specific machine code. He is great at explaining the difference between the type information rich, "virtualized" world of the CLR and the type information poor, physical world of the OS and JIT compiler generated machine code.