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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good reference but not as useful as desired


The book is excellently written but unfortunately, most of the content won't be of much use to 80% of the developers out there in their day to day work. The focus of the book is mostly on how Windows Forms works at a lower level than developers may find helpful. For example, a great deal of effort is spent on writing text directly to a form's body using pens. Effort is also spent drawing points, rectangles, arcs, etc. using pens and brushes. This would be useful if I were writing a graphing control or an image editor but for most business applications it isn't really applicable. For example, most applications deal with business data these days. Business data will usually be put on a form in a control like a list or tree view and interact with data on other controls. The data will never be written directly to the form.
Scattered throughout the book are numerous helpful explanations of the nuts and bolts of Windows Forms that will no doubt help solve tricky problems. The problem is that this information is scattered in passages that a typical developer may gloss over because they are about something the developer isn't interested in.
Overall, a good, well-written reference for those needing to know a lot about how windows forms work. But for day-to-day development of most business applications, the majority of the material is good to know but not critical. What is critical is unfortunately buried in places throughout the book, making it difficult to get to.
If you're working with low-level Windows Forms (doing graphics manipulation or writing your own controls at a low level), then the book is probably a must have. It's also good for its description of the Forms application structure (how forms apps are launched and operate). I'm sure I'll use it as a reference when I'm dealing with problems with keyboard and mouse access and other issues that don't directly relate to form controls.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only one of it's kind!


If you ever find yourself working at the command prompt in NT, this is the book you'll reach for over and over again. In my work, I do alot of file transfers, bulk loads of databases and test script development. I constantly use the Command Reference section in this book for command syntax and command line parameter options as well as it's examples.
This was the only book on the topic I could find and I wasn't disappointed!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great inside details


Really interesting details on the creation and ongoing saga of Apple Computer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good beginner's ASP book


If you understand who this book is for, you'll get a lot of use out of it. It's for people who've worked with HTML and have some familiarity with programming concepts, working with databases, and VBA. If this describes you, you'll be up and running with ASP database application programming in a remarkably short period of time. Of course, once you've mastered the very basic examples in this book, you'll probably want to pick up an actual ASP reference to help you get beyond the basics. I think of this book as more of a quick-start guide than anything else.