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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent book, could use more real world examples


Aside from a bad sense of humor, this book does provide some good information. It has been very helpful in introducing the concepts of COM. The author could have explained things more clearly by using real world examples as opposed to the IY and IZ examples. I would recommend this book for people familiar with C++ and are wanting to learn COM.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best database book I have ever read


My most favorites PostgreSQL book and even can be used for the beginner to learn about the database design as well as some of the good SQL statements (I have learnt some of the SQL commands from this book for my PHP and MySql web application). The spoon-feeding style of explanation is very clear and lots of examples will help any beginner up and running in no time! I am waiting for the second edition and hopefully will be loaded with more JSP and servlet examples.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Most useful Windows book I ever read.(Along with Petzold


This is a book written by a person who understands Windows inside out. The author also explains each topic with minimum of code, which makes reading this book a treat. It is not for the weak hearted though (requires a technical orientation of the mind). Probably, the people who give a negetive review to this book do not understand what they read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rise of the Network Society
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Authors: Manuel Castells
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Thoughtful, provocative, turgid


Manuel Castells takes the reader on an elliptical tour of the information age and how it will effect our society, economy, government and culture. The book is provocative; a thoughtful gem surfaces every ten pages or so. But you will have to wade through some turgid writing and a maze of academic references to get there. This is not the futuristic whimsy of an Alvin Toffler. An academic's academic, Manuel Castells remains conservatively close to the findings of his sociology peers.