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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Coreldraw 12: The Official Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Steve Bain
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for newbies

I am brand new to Coreldraw 12 and purchased this book with the idea that it would help me quickly learn the basics. Each time I needed help and went to this book, I was disappointed by the fact that it either didn't explain how to perform the functions I was trying to execute, or I couldn't find it altogether. I ended up finding answers to all my questions on the good old web or the tutorial that came with the program

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introducing Microsoft .Net, Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David S. Platt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beware of the word "Introduction"!

The title on the book says it all. If you have read MSDN or Technet, or much on the .NET Framework, then you are not the intended audience. If, on the other hand, you are a technical person either tasked with having to jump into .NET or tasked with evaluating a potential move to .NET, then this is a great book for you.
I read this book cover to cover, which is usually hard to do with a technical manual. Scott livened up otherwise mondane technical prose with insight, background/history, and even pot-shots at Microsoft themselves. Scott gives you an objective look at .NET for or against MS. His style exposes you to industry problems that .NET was designed to address countered by what .NET actually does (many times in agreement with each other).
At the end of the book I had a thorough understanding of what I needed to learn, and in what order, to be productive in the .NET paradigm. In many ways the book adequately prepared me to be productive now while I chose what avenue to take to gain more in-depth understanding of any given .NET topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

I just received my A+ Certification and only used this book and the practice tests from www.dalidesign, which by the way where I purchased the test vouchers and saved mucho bucks.
I highly recommend this book, but recommend using at least another study source if you do not have much experience with Hardware and Operating Systems.
I did find a few mistakes in this book and this is why I did not give it 4 stars.
Initially, read the book from front to back.And then separately study the material thoroughly for the Hardware test and then once you take/pass this test, do the same for the OS test.This is what worked for me and hopefully it will work for you also.Good Luck.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
First rate text from authoritative source

It comes as no surprise that the text book co-authored by Andrew Koenig, a leading authority on C++, is one of the best. This book teaches C++ "in the right order" -- it follows the basic philosophy that new programmers should be "re-use consumers" before they become "re-use producers". In other words, it has new programmers leveraging the standard library to great effect from the beginning, rather than having them struggle to design classes. The result is a book that is full of C++ code examples that really look like modern C++ (making use of the STL, namespaces, and exceptions) from the beginning. (for example, string is introduced I think in chapter 1.
The coverage of the STL is just right -- they focus on the more important classes (map,list,vector), and leave the rest for a more complete reference (see Josuttis: the standard C++ library, a tutorial and a reference)
When the book finally does discuss class design (about half way through), it is done right, and the class designs are better thought out than those in many other text books (and indeed, reflect the fact that the authors are familiar with designing high quality class libraries, such as those in the C++ language) Not only do the authors emphasise good practice (keeping mindful of class invariants), when they give examples of custom classes, they do it right, with absolutely no conceptual bloopers, something which is extremely rare in C++ texts (this is the first book I've seen that doesn't make big bloopers when computing random integers for example)
While polymorphism is left until quite late in the book, it's covered quite nicely, and there's a chapter on the handle/body idiom and reference counts.
Overall, this is a very strong beginners text, and is highly recommended. The quality of the example code is unusually high, and the early emphasis on the standard library is a welcome change from more traditional books.
The only thing that this book is lacking is examples. It seems a little terse. This is not necessarily a problem, but it means the beginner will need to supllement the book with further examples (another book, or a professors lecture notes) Not a big problem given the modest pricetag. On the other hand, experienced C programmers wanting to learn C++ will love this title because it skips over the stuff they "already know" and goes straight into "real" C++.