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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C# (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Karli Watson, David Espinosa, Zach Greenvoss, Jacob Hammer Pedersen, Christian Nagel, Jon D. Reid, Matthew Reynolds, Morgan Skinner, Eric White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clearly written, complete, accurate


... I must say I read and checked the book from cover to cover - it is very well written and extremely accurate. The book is mainly aimed at programmers who use Visual C# to develop Windows Applications so it covers in detail the techniques of programming with Windows Forms, user controls, common dialogs and so on.
Being a beginning book, it spends a lot of time coverig the basic concepts about C# and .NET programming (in fact, it starts with them). However, unlike with the other beginners books (I've seen most of them at the work place), it goes well beyond the basics and presents most features you'll likely need when developing Windows applications: deploying your application, accessing databases using ADO.NET, working with files, playing with GDI+ and much more. At the end it even has two chapters on ASP.NET and Web Services which are good to be read just to make an idea what are these all about, even if you're not currently doing any web programming.
I highly recommend this book to programmers willing to read the chapters in sequential order, because most of them build upon the theory taught in the preceding ones. If you have time to do that, this book should be your primary choice. If you already have experience with C# and you need a reference book (or an advanced book), Professional C# is a better choice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good beginner book.


Pro's: Good for the person who has not touched HTML at all, but has the ability to learn outside the classroom. Explains things in very basic, easy to understand terms. Covers a wide array of topics.
Cons: Examples are quite basic. All web pages that you write are almost too basic in structure. The student will leave with a good conceptual knowledge of HTML, but not a good working knowledge. The book assumes some knowledge of graphics, but quickly glances over it. You might need Sams TY Photoshop5.5 in 24 hours for more.
From here: You need some desire to start creating web pages if you want to turn your knowledge into working talent. Also pick up a copy of a HTML refrence...like The Complete refrence, HTML second edition, Powell/ Osborn. When you have to create many pages...you'll need much more than the STYHTMLin 24 has to offer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Kickin'


This is an awesome strategy guide for an awesome game but at times it is wrong, but i would deffinitly recommend this if you need help with one of the best rpg's ever Final Fantasy 8



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Complete coverage of java servlets


I have being commenting out some Java books I've bought last year and after saying that "Inside Servlets" book was a must as an introduction to Servlets I can tell you that this one from Oreilly is not a begginers level book at all ! It has very advanced examples and talks about Connection pooling etc... the book is very good but don't start with it... it's good to see this book as 541 at the sales rank... where the hell is ASP ?