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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Seth Godin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick read on web marketing do's and dont's


Another web marketing book? Yup. And this one is light on theory and full of real world examples - exactly what's needed by anyone struggling to perfect a successful web marketing strategy.
Seth Godin critiques dozens of web sites and email newsletters, looking for strong calls to action and customer friendly content. When he finds it he says so. More often he finds something wanting -- and tells you exactly how to fix it. Screen shots make it easy to see what he is talking about.
Read it and you will feel like a marketing expert yourself. All in all, it's a must have.
This was originally an E book, but is now available in paperback. I've read that one, too and it's just as good - better because you don't have to fool with Adobe's E Book reader!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Systems Programming: Communication, Concurrency and Threads, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Kay Robbins, Steve Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cumulative Knowledge


At first I wanted to buy 'Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment by W. Richard Stevens' - I've read that it's very good - but it's a little old (from 1992) and I looked for another.The book is very easy to read, the code examples are almost always complete, so that you can compile and run them.The exercises are from the reality and help the reader to understand and to learn the stuff of the book.There are many additional information, spreadsheets and graphics.You only should have some experience in writing C code...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not bad. But there is a superior HTML book out there!


It is not that wonderful, there are plenty of other great books out there that cover much more advanced topics. There are no practical exercises to do, all you do is type in what the author already did. That is no way to learn HTML! All books on this subject fall short..........................After looking through this book for answers, I'm still stuck on what I need to do.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best there ever will be


I get extremely aggravated by people who read a book like thisand say how terrible it is, how the examples are hard to understand,and how hard the code is to understand, etc etc... Blah blah blah. It's pretty obvious to an experienced programmer that these people clearly are not the target audience of the book. The target audience of this book is programmers who have a couple years of experience programming (at least in C, preferably in C++). Additionally, you must be able to understand some rather complex terminology, and some concepts that go well beyond the basics of just writing simple programs. You must also have a desire to learn the C++ language inside and out, leaving nothing whatsoever unclear about the language. If all you want is the basic syntax of the language and lots of handholding then I cannot imagine why you're even looking at a book by the creator of the language in the first place.
That said, this is a truly amazing book. You will never, ever, ever find a more in depth description of the language, it's features and caveats, and how to make the language do what you want it to do and make programming simple in large systems. When you reach a certain point it isn't as simple as "okay let's have a class with some get and set methods here". You must have a thorough understanding of some extremely advanced features, and this book will definitely get you to that point if you put in the time. The way the explanations are worded and the examples that are given are difficult to understand because there's no simple way to explain such advanced concepts. And if you are one of the people that think there _is_ an easy way to explain such concepts in the same amount of detail, I invite you to go find an easy explanation of mathematical Field Theory or Quantum Physics.
If you are smart, part of the target audience, and mature enough to handle it, I doubt you will be able to find a better book.
And for those who are still convinced that simpler is better, I wonder if you can explain to me *why* overriding a function in a derived class makes all of its overloads in the base class inaccessible.