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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Software Development Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Non-habit forming sleep aid

I had to buy this book for coursework. Now, I can't imagine authors with more knowledge of UML, etc. than these three guys. However, every chapter reads like a student paper in which the main intention is filling up space for credit. Don't get me wrong here. I read programming books for fun. I'm not one of those people who doesn't enjoy reading technical material. They just managed to take an already dry subject and dry it further. As you read through there are various references to other books, articles, whatever. It seems as though no original material was written for this book. So, here's my advice. Read those books. Don't read this one unless you need to catch up on some sleep.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great introduction to ASP.NET

If you are a (pre .NET) VB programmer and want to get started fast on ASP .NET using VB .NET, then this book is just for you. It is well written and well structured, so you find the things you want where you'd expect them to be, and understand them, too!
It doesn't rely on MS VSNET, so you can actually do everything with a text editor, but it does show how things are done with VS.
The examples not only clarify the points being made, they also are well chosen and are really useful, saving you lots of time when programming your own apps.
All in all, a GREAT book. I highly recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco(R) PIX (TM) Firewalls
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Richard Deal
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent resource

Basically the author meant well & goes in depth into all aspects of the PIX, the book was well ordered and logical.
That said - the grammar & explanations weren't always up to their best.. but the best bit of all was in the erros ..sorry errors.
Errors in text, spelling, diagrams - it got to the stage where I didn't trust any of the diagrams & would double-check it all against cisco's site..
All-in-all - good try but let down awfully by the errata.
If you disagree with me try my website htp:/
...as it would appear in the book........

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ASP.NET Programming with Microsoft Visual C# .NET Version 2003 Step By Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
poorly written. But?

I have found this title very informative and easy to follow. Not only that, but unlike many other titles on the subject of ASP.NET, C#, and .Net programming, this title assumes nothing and supplies all the appropriate directions to complete the exercises included in each chapter. I have also found that G. Andrew Duthie explains the usefulness of what he inroduces in his book in a manner that leaves me confident enough to study other ASP.NET programs with clarity.
I place this book on my top ten ASP.Net must have list for anyone who wishes to develop a solid understanding of programming ASP.NET with VC#.
Plus, this book is just darn fun!