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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book you've been lookin for!

Was trying to find how to learn 2 things for years: Windows Programming and Winsock. All the tutorials I found were terrible... I went on IRC and asked what was a nice bood, they told me petzold... I'm a 16 years old guy with a passion for programming since 2 years when I started in school... This book was the best I ever saw about the subject, it is clear, it has a slow learning curve, but if u get something fast, it's easy to speed up... The best is the CD: I travel a lot and the book is just HUGE! I opened the book in france because I dont have a computer there, that's it! The CD has everything in a chm file which allows you to search which is really neat. In 2 words buy it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: AppleScript: A Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X
Publisher: A-Press
Authors: Hanaan Rosenthal
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Welcome addition to the bookshelf of "missing manuals"

Everybody who appreciates AppleScripting needs two books, a short one to remind you about the basics and a long one for reference. The former category is a tough one, but Rosenthal's comprehensive guide is the best reference I've read so far, especially if you've just started on OS X or have begun to discover the power of scripting InDesign. Everything I wanted to know about AppleScript is covered clearly with succinct examples. The author offers plenty of advice, including a short but excellent chapter on how to make a business out of automation, yet manages to stay out of the way of the reader. This would make an excellent textbook.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not the book you think it is

It is with great regret that I cannot give this book a better rating. From reading the editor review, I got the impression this would help me transition from VB6 to VB.Net. You may have the same impression too.
However, the first chapter that gives specifics is a detailed analysis of the way interfaces have changed. Be honest, when did you last use anything except the default interface. Many of you have probably never written a class at all. A couple of chapters later is an in-depth discussion of multi-threading. I've been programming for twenty years and only two of my applications were multithreaded.
Although the book is extremely well written and will be very valuable to some programmers, I'm confident 95%+ of readers will find it mostly irrelevant to their day-to-day programming tasks. The most important thing I learned from this book is that VB.net is very different in all aspects from VB6. I'm going to treat it as a new language so I'm off to find 'Teach yourself VB.net in 21 days' or something similar.
This book will remain on my shelf and I will use it, but it is not the book I thought it would be and now I need to go buy another one.----------------------------------------Well I should read the whole book before reviewing it, shouldn't I? I picked it up again today and found that section 3 (page 187) contains exactly what you and I need -- details on the changes that will affect 100% of my programs, not just 10%. It should have been section 1, but at least it's there. I upped the rating to 4 stars and probably won't need another book after all. Sorry Dan.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for EJB beginners

It's no surprise that an Oreilly book can be this good. I am half way through reading this book and I am very excited to tell everybody that this is the book to buy on Enterprise JavaBeans.