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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
This May Not Be What You Are Looking For.

As a professional programmer, this book was not what I was looking for. In reading the title, the absence of the word visual should have set off a light bulb. The author insists on doing everything manually, and does not tell the reader how to do things in the Visual Studio environment. In a professional environment where costs and deadlines are a major factor in development, there is no time for the gung-ho programming ideology of do it all your self. Also, the book spends allot of time on those basic low level programming topics that are not practical in a real business application development environment. Unless you are doing some really low level development, which requires you to draw your own graphics on the screen etc, many of the topics in this book are of little use. If you are doing such low level programming, which I don't believe C# is the ideal language for; you will need a more advanced and less advanced book to go along with this one. The book does not cover basic syntax in much depth. The book shows allot of code, but does not explain it from a beginner level in detail. However, the book is not a complete waste. It is awesome for introducing the rules and regulations of the C# language, the classes of the Windows Forms class library which replaces the MFC used in C++, and intermediate level basic code writing. Just don't buy the book thinking it is going to get you ready to dive into Visual C#; because it will not, and I don't believe the author intended it to. If you buy the book knowing what you're getting, you will be very happy. Don't let the inclusion of the word Windows in the title mislead you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Definitive XML Schema
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Priscilla Walmsley
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Order of Material Does Not Facilitate Learning

True, this book provides a comprehensive look at XML Schema, but the order that the material is presented in leaves much to be desired. It is not until chapter 7 that we begin to learn how to string together element declarations to start building a schema. Chapters 1-6 deal with XML Schema history, a sort of quick tour that does not take the place of a tutorial, Namespaces, Schema composition, Instances and Documentation and extentions. While the "inverted pyramid" approach to revealing information may be academically correct -- it has not helped me learn XML Schema efficiently. This book is essentially a retelling of the W3C XML Schema Recommendation.
. Based on a search here at Amazon, it looks like there may be a book coming from O'Reilly based on this material.
I gave the book 3 stars, as the book seems to be accurate and complete. I don't think that having this book is necessarily a bad thing, perhaps just a bad place to start.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Many useful examples

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn Javascript. The authors take a step by step guide in teaching you Javascript. They don't assume anything. It teaches you as if you never heard of Javascript. Every page gives you examples to follow and that you can use later as references once you learned how to build your own script. Like the book says it uses picture examples instead of long word explanations that can put you to sleep. If you wanna learn Javascript pick up this book. I guarantee results!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: REALbasic: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Matt Neuburg
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
As definitive as definitive gets

This book is not, as several other reviewers have said, a beginner's guide to programming; instead it serves as a reference to the RealBasic programming language. It covers everything in the online reference, but also adds more examples, tutorials, and explanations on some of the vaguer points. Many of the programs I have written could not have been completed without the aid of this book, and much of the help I give to others still refers to this book. The book is also written in a manner that will get you to think inside of the code you write, and this will help you to further expand your own knowledge without having to rely on other people's example code.
If you want to learn from scratch how to program in Realbasic, don't get this book, but if you need help on anything to do with RealBasic, then this is the book for you. Use it as a dictionary or encyclopaedia, and you will not be sorry you bought it. Written by a man who knows what he's doing, and will help you to gain insight into programming on general, it's still serving me several years and many programs after its purchase.