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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: The Microsoft Windows Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Redeemed


I was duped into buying the first edition - and can therefore fully understand anyone's "once bitten, twice shy" feelings towards this RSK. Put your fears aside, this edition delivers exactly what you would expect. Practically re-written from the ground up, and packed with additional utilities, this edition is well worth the purchase.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
David Weeks MyMac.com Book Review


Google is currently the most popular Internet search engine. While almost every Internet searcher is familiar with basics of Google searching, there's far more to Google than meets the eye. Google Hacks tells individual Web searchers and Web site programmers how to best take advantage of Google's tremendous amount of searching power and flexibility.
The first three chapters (Searching Google, Google Special Services and Collections, and Third-Party Google Services) are targeted at the end user. They present a wealth of detail about how to access Google features most users didn't know about (myself included): wild cards, date range searches, spell checking, phone book, translations, and more. You'll learn Google has special directories of images, newsgroups, and mail-order catalogs. (I made sure to NOT tell my wife about the on-line catalog feature!)
The balance of the book is for web site programmers. They get plenty of tips and tricks about how to incorporate Google search technology into their web sites. While many of the tips are not for novice web programmers, most intermediate webmasters can spruce up their sites with the tools presented in Google Hacks.
The production quality is typical O'Reilly, and that means good! Clear screen shots, and crisp dark type make this read easy on the eyes.
If you want to learn how to exploit Google searching, or want to add Google search features to your web site, Google Hacks 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools is a good place to begin the learning process.
MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5<P



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Marco Bellinaso, Kevin Hoffman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great resource with an annoying flaw.


Don't want to repeat what others have said. I am going to add something new here.
1. Please read this book from cover to cover, even you are not interested in other topics like news, forum and etc. New concepts and techniques are poping up right and left along the reading. Many techniques are introduced and implemented only once in different parts of the book, so read on and get the whole picture.
2. Pay close attention to SitePrincipal and SiteIdentity which I found most difficult to grasp, but once you understand it, they are pretty cool ideas.
3. I have tried very hard to make the most of VS studio to do the job for me instead of doing a lot of manual coding like almost all ASP.NET books are doing. There are so many tips out there to make the best use of the IDE to minimize the amount of manual coding one has to do. Some of my tips:
a. You can drag and drop style sheets into your page and save your typing
b. Your best layout control is still Table. Don't use grid layout.c. You can place controls on the designer, so the VS IDE will generate necessary aspx code for you. If you are not satisfied with the way IDE placing the code, you can just cut and paste it into another place.
I also read programming asp.net by J Liberty. It's a fine introductory book, you may want to read that one before you read this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VI Editor Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great little helper.


A great book. Its very helpful. The only downside was the poor indexing, but since its so short in pages, it doesn't take long to thumb through and fine what you want. Though the price is a little steep for the size of book you get.