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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Web Pages for Dummies, Sixth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bud E. Smith, Arthur Bebak, Bud Bud Smith, Arthur Bebak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book clearly explanes how to create a good web page.


This was a funny and easey to read book. I am a 12 year old and I understood most of it and I was ammoused throughout. Although some of the links didn't work it was still a interesting and easey to read book. I recomend this book for anyone just about any age. If I'm a 12 year old and I could understand this than I think just about anyone could understand this.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Language Reference
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good for migrating to vb.net from other languages


The VB6 Language Reference included all items of interest to VB6 with "Applies to" references which was very valuable. This is missing in VB.net reference. Also, procedures and event handlers were included in VB6 reference, but are not in vb.net reference. Compared to the wealth of information about VB6 in the VB6 reference and the lack of information about vb.net in the VB.net reference, I consider it a waste of money. A reference should include all the necessary information on procedures, event handlers, etc., much like a condensed version of what is included in the "Super Bible" series of VB books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Badly organized, verbose, frustrating.


This is about the hardest-to-use computer language book I've ever encountered. Its "conversational" tone reads like a ceaseless wandering monologue. Frequently Libes introduces a new concept, and proceeds to meander into philosophy, opinion, history, advanced uses, and problems encountered therein. It is *much* too long; it's badly organized; it's useless as a reference manual. I would pay big bucks for ANY other book on Expect, but unfortunately there doesn't appear to be one. Libes created a very powerful and useful tool, but he doesn't write well, IMHO.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Code Complete


A lot has been made of the Microsoft Press series onsoftware development, but the intimations that this informationis somehow mere common sense should be directly refuted.
Yes, after reading Code Complete I thought, "I already dothis at work. Duh." Then it occurred to me that I wassurrounded by really smart, highly-evolved programmers andthat the things I did were a result of a solid peer group ofprofessionals, some with 20 years of IT experience. So thedistillation of what I know (and what I learned) is in thisbook specifically, and the Microsoft Press books in general.
None of that explains why Windows operating systems continueto perform dopey things, but I know it isn't because theprogrammers are ill-trained.