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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
1500 pages of obsolete Windows 3.x API with little Win 32

I have no idea why this book gets rave reviews. This book has almost no information specific for Win 32. Basically it covers seven years old topics. Looks like it was originally written for Windows 3.x and new topics were quickly added without any details. This is complete guide how to work with GUI API. Almost nobody uses it directly today. We are using MFC and VB with powerful tools including variety of GUI designers and form builders with Visual Components. There is no word about them. All other issues coverage is next to joke. Multi-threading, file IO, resource management are just touched. There is no or almost no information regarding: socket, overlapped IO, synchronization objects, security, Hmm... Should I continue? MemoryMapedFiles, Virtual Memory management, IoComplitionPort. This book even would not let you know that many of these things exist. This is the great example how to waste almost 1500 pages. Try "Programming Applications for Microsoft Windows" this book really accounts for win 32 API with accent on client side development. "Programming Server-Side Applications for Microsoft Windows 2000" is the great source for server side. These books cover details.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The CSS guru speaks

Eric Meyer has made a career out of teaching web professionals and amateurs alike how to fully exploit the powerful design features of cascading style sheets. There's proabbly no one out there who knows more about the quirks of how modern browsers implement CSS and how best to deal with these infuriating inconsistencies. This book gives clear, concise work-along examples of how to use CSS to its fullest advantage in your website. Highly recommended to anyone who has finally realized that FONT tags have gone the way of the dodo.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Big on scope, Brutal on math.

This book covers a lot of ground in its discussions of algorithms, but if the reader doesn't have an excellent grasp of mathematics, it will surely cause severe pain and suffering. To complement this book, a companion mathematics book with exercises in items such as summations and logarithms is highly recommended

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Total Agreement, Except on One Crucial Point

This book is as essential as everyone here makes it out to be. However, the authors' development of the notion of teamicide needs to be seriously questioned. While there is some truth to their characterization of incentive-based systems or tracking through testing having the ability to go haywire, the stated anti-postulate reads like an articulation of the doctrine of the soviet. No individuals' performances can be acknowledged to the group? At all times it must be enforced that the only goal is the group goal? This is the only dark ray in an otherwise wonderful collection of great insights. The reality is that a balance must be struck. I know balance and shades of gray are not popular in our polarizing, cartoon times, but politically, both the extreme Horatio Alger and the notion of the great state have crashed and burned. Truly, what is needed are more plural forms of organization.