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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional VB.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Fred Barwell, Richard Case, Bill Forgey, Billy Hollis, Tim McCarthy, Jonathan Pinnock, Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Whitney Hankison, Rockford Lhotka, Jan Narkiewicz, Rama Ramachandran, Matthew Reynolds, John Roth, Bill Sheldon, Bill Sempf
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Full of useful information


This is a huge book (just short of a thousand pages) and it's packed full of really useful information. It covers all the important parts of the .NET Framework Class Library - Win Forms, Web Forms, ADO.NET, XML, Web Services and more - as well as the syntax and new features of Visual Basic .NET.
With so much to cover the book has to keep up a decent pace, which means that the authors assume that you've got experience of working with Visual Basic 6. If you're new to programming then you'll want to look elsewhere.
For VB6 programmers this book is great value.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, Third Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Inc., CISCO Cisco Systems, Cisco Networking Academy Program, Inc., ILSG Cisco Systems, Aries Cisco Networking Academy Program
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Do not buy this book!!!


I cannot believe Cisco Press even allowed this book to be printed. The community college I attend started using this book in August for their Cisco classes and even though I am fairly new to networking, I know enough to recognize obvious errors when I read them. At this point in the semester we have covered the first five chapters of the book and we have discovered numerous, and I do mean numerous errors. In addition to the errors, the book just goes into to much detail. This amount of detail is not a bad thing but if you are trying to focus on the exam objectives it is not necessary. If someone didnt know better and used this book to begin their networking education they are going to be very overwhelmed by the amount of detail presented in each chapter and misinformed on various concepts and technologies. I have looked through the Sybex CCNA book and found that it is much more accurate and easier to follow.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I "Teach Myself C++" with this book.


The content of the book is fair, however the organization is terrible. Some more complicated topics are introduced before simple concepts, or in some areas, complicated topics that were not discussed are used to explain simple ideas(it does get better after chapter 5 or so, but the first five chapters are the very basics that you should know before doing anything remotley complicated). For this reason, you should at least have your feet wet with C or C++ before reading this book.
Next, this is one of the few books I've read that has 'decent' quiz questions. But guess what ? There are no answers!
Some topics are not explained very well, again the author assumes you already know something about it.
The examples in the book are fair, but most of them are not 'real world'. In several places however, there are just fragments of code instead of a full example, which can sometimes confuse the reader.
This book should not be bought alone to learn ANSI C++ if you are just starting with the language, however it can be used in addition to another book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Visually: Dreamweaver MX 2004
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Janine Warner, Susannah Gardner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dreamweaver MX 2004


Awesome book. Very helpful. Love it.