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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Marketing for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Zig Ziglar, John P. Hayes
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste your money

I have been around the block in MLM for years now, and this book is NOT very good. I don't know who Zig thinks he's writing this for, but it's not for the potential MLM'er. If you're looking for a book that is easy to understand, try a different one. Better luck next time, Zig.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book; Even Applicable to Web Development

The book is fantastic. I have no formal training as a programmer, so this book helped me develop a much stronger understand of not just how to program, but how to program well.
As for the applicability of this book given the advent of the web: the book is still useful.
A web application may not be one big compiled program, but it is, some claim, an object that has urls as methods and get/post/cookie data as arugments. While web programming is different from monolithic programming in may ways, the lessons I've learned from this book have helped a great deal in the development of several web applications.
Sure, a new edition would be welcomed, but it is not required.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Reporting Services in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Teo Lachev
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book!

I have read the other books currently available on this topic, and, although the others weren't bad, I would say this is the most useful. It's an excellent book on the Microsoft Reporting Services product. But for me, I found real value in what it can do for a software developer who wants to program RS.

Its value comes in many ways, but here are my top 2 reasons for giving this book 5 stars: First, the example programs are real world. Considering that MSRS is less than a year old, examples on how to do things are invaluable. And because the sample code covers so many of the features and benefits of Reporting Services, in no time you are up to speed and writing code.

Second, the writing style is very clear and very logical. The author gives very useful explanations throughout each topic. I was able to quickly see how easy it is to do the thing I keep hearing about: programmatically using Reporting Services. For any developer out there who is tasked with creating reports with RS like they did with the Crystal API, this book will soon become your best friend.

For developers this book provides an excellent jumpstart for creating real world projects using Reporting Services. And because the sample code is extensible, you can easily get value out of Reporting Services. I just hope the next person who plans to author a book on RS, reads this one first. It's a good thing if someone writes a book that is better than this one, more useful and more practical; but now I have a standard to measure him or her against...and the bar is high!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C: A Reference Manual (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highest praise I can give - my copy is wearing out.

C programmers do it with small tools, and this relatively small book is the best reference a programmer could have. Thorough, complete, well-organized, and in my case, well-worn.
Of my hundreds of computer books, this is the one with which I would never part. Heck, of all my books, this is second only to "To Kill A Mockingbird", and were it not for Unix's man pages, Harbison and Steele's book would be the more indispensable of the two.