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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: More Exceptional C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Herb Sutter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Picks Up Where The First Book Left Off


More Exceptional C++ is every bit as good as the first offering from Sutter. Like the first, this is an advanced text, and a solid working knowledge of C++ is necessary to get the most out of this book.
For those without experience with Sutter's previous book, this is divided into "Items" grouped together by broad subject area. Unless the the items make up a series such as Items 13-16, they can be read independently and in any order. This layout is helpful to the reader who doesn't have a lot of time to read a book from cover to cover. One can sit down and spend 30 minutes with an item and gain valuable insight into the specific subject matter Sutter deals with.
I enjoy the author's writing style because he tends to be more conversational than lecturing. He interjects humor - albeit it geek humor - from time to time. The presentation makes learning advanced techniques, dare I say, fun rather than dry and cumbersome.
It is also worth noting that being advanced doesn't preclude being practical. Sutter deals with everyday topics such as the STL, exception safety, and inheritance. If you are ready to make the step to advanced C++ programmer, this book will guide you on your way in a practical, enjoyable manner.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Scripting Self-Paced Learning Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Wilson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Another VBScript book that is Lacking


How many VBScript books have you picked up that completely skip explaining the Windows Script Host and VBScript environment? They immediately jump into having you write scripts without even explaining the scripting environment, something that is Crucial to learning VBScript. This is another of those books.

This book has no information on the WSH (Windows Script Host), objects or methods, when and why to use the various WSH objects and methods, and there is only haphazard information on syntax. You can't even find this information in the appendices.

The author takes you through writing VBScripts, almost from page one, and only gives the briefest of explanations of what you are doing. For example, in the second chapter of the book, you are presented with a multiline script that includes the following:

Set objWMIService=SetObject("winmgmts") _
& .ExecQuery _
("SELECT = FROM Win32_Process")

If you never worked with Windows Script Host or VBScript, would you have any idea what this is? Or why you are using it? The author gives a 2 sentence explanation, and then jumps right into something else.

If you are new to VBScript, and are looking for a book to teach you about VBScript and WSH, this book is not for you. If you are an experienced VBScript writer, you might find some tidbit of useful information in this book. This book, sadly, does not teach you VBScript, and would be of no real use to someone who already knows VBscript.

Don't buy it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Get it & get with it! Ignore the negative reviewers!


The negative reviewers likely found Dell's success too simple, too easy to be this good. Fact is, some of the most successful ideas are the simple ones. Dell's had his problems to be sure but the model of being Direct is as old as the hills only reinvented on a large scale by Michael Dell in modern times. If you can't learn from this book, then you simply can't learn or already know everything! It's a great book, a book I have given as a present several times. Well done Mr D!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Get it & get with it! Ignore the negative reviewers!


The negative reviewers likely found Dell's success too simple, too easy to be this good. Fact is, some of the most successful ideas are the simple ones. Dell's had his problems to be sure but the model of being Direct is as old as the hills only reinvented on a large scale by Michael Dell in modern times. If you can't learn from this book, then you simply can't learn or already know everything! It's a great book, a book I have given as a present several times. Well done Mr D!