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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
No other choice

If you are a beginner and you survived using this book, consider it as an accomplishment. This book is quite difficult to understand, it takes a lot of testing. Even a short example cannot quite explained by the author properly. The way the author explains something he thinks that all the audience are like John Ousterhout.
This book gave me a headache browsing back and forth looking for some answers. However, I will give Don Libes a 2* because of the effort. Too bad there is really no alternative out there. Once I learned Expect from trial and errors and more headaches I can probably write a better one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Yeah! Elizabeth's writing about XML!

Elizabeth Castro has to be THE best technical writer at breaking processes into discrete chunks. I use her other books in my community college teaching -- and I used this one with a three-day class in XML that I taught for a corporate client in December. Practical; easy-to-follow; exercises build one on another to create a whole. Combination reference and how-to book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A book not to buy

I am a professional web designer and VB programmer. With the release of VB.Net and Visual Studio.Net, I was anxious to jump feet first into the new IDE and language. Having read the Deitel C++ book, I was very pleased to see the similarity in layout and ease of reading.I would easily rate this book, and the Deitel series, as the best programming text books on the market. I have read many others and I am almost always disappointed in the monetary expenditure. These are easily as good, and better in some areas, as the Black Books from Coriolis.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to beginning VB programmers, as well as seasoned VB programmers looking to learn VB.Net.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Enterprise Information Architecture: Reengineering Information Systems
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Melissa Cook, Hewlett-Packard Professional Books
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good overview

I have a business background an work in business development for a large Swiss ISP. We have a lot of development going on inhouse and furhtermore, need to integrate standard software.
The book help me tremendously builing an understanding of what needs to be done to get order into our (creative) chaos. As a nice side effect I developed the glossary to communicate with the developers.