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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Demonstrating to Win
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Authors: Robert Riefstahl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The scenes you are about to read are TRUE!


After 17 years in the business of selling and demonstrating complex software solutions, I have never found a better, more practical book about both the art and science of the demonstration!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not very useful


Of ATL and MFC fame, Chris Sells brings his Windows knowledge to .NET through this great piece of writing. It is extremely solid in the technical part but also contains an intangible cool factor unseeing in any book I've read. He discusses things that Mr. Petzold left out of the Windows for .NET core reference. Chris' writing style makes you follow along as if you were reading an epic novel instead of a geek manual. Awesome read, I can' say enough. Although there is a VB.NET version this books suits any developer, I think even the Linux guys can learn a thing or 2 for implementing Mono. Chris clearly walks the talk since he has many free .NET components and wrote an amazing Caller ID for MSN messenger. If all this sounds interesting, then what are you waiting for and pick up the book already!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Windows Application with C# & .NET


I just passed C# exam. The book serves as a good introductory material and outlines the scope of test. However, you need to supplement it with other books. Write some code to gain proficiency in concepts. Most of the questions on the test are of "problem solving" type. If your concepts are clear, you should breeze through the test.
Best of Luck.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective STL: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of the Standard Template Library
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not quite up to the standards of Effective C++


I was very pleased to see this book come out as I am a huge fan of Meyers' Effective C++ and More Effective C++. Both of those books offer many concrete suggestions on how to improve your C++ coding and do things you didn't think you could do. Effective STL, on the other hand, offers mainly suggestions of what not to do. You'll find most of the items tell you that you should not use a specific technique because it is not portable, not a clean design, or simply because it will not work.
All of this is good to know, but I didn't find it as useful as his other two Effective books. Other than the use of the built in looping functions like for_each the book didn't really provide me with many new "tricks" for my "bag."
However, all the information in the book is useful, and the intermediate level STL programmer will probably learn a lot of ways to avoid problems by reading this book. Hopefully there will be a second edition in the future that will give the book a little more utility.