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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't Buy this book

just simple fact. This book is a badly organized MFC reference.I prefer using MSDN MFC refernce to this book.If you want to learn about how MFC works try "inside visual c++ 5.0"by David Kruglinsky ( no 6.0 version after his death) with"Programming Windows" by Petzold ( for win 32 api and basic drawing).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you are extending/embedding Python, this is a MUST HAVE!

This book is definitely geared towards those already comfortable with another programming language, particularly C. If you are a C programmer, the beginning of this book will quickly walk you through the Python language symantics, standard data types, strings, lists, tuples, dictionaries, etc. The center sections focus on the standard Python libraries, which may or may not be of interest to beginners. However, the final section of this book is devoted to extending/embedding Python. From personal experience, if you attempt to do this step by relying on the HTML help from www.python.org or by visiting comp.lang.python, you are in for a LONG road. This book answered my critical questions and had me up and working in a matter of days versus weeks. Highly recommended for intermediate to advanced programmers. Outright programming beginners should probably look elsewhere first.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Great

Editor Jeff Rafter contributes more information to this field than any other person on Earth. I think they should have named this book "XML Perfected, By: Jeff Rafter and other anonymous people--that, while not as brilliant, are passable." Hand him a lollipop and call him Uncle Einstein.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't waste your time and money with anything else

I saw over 190 reviews and an average of near five stars for this book. There's nothing new to say - this book is very practical without being simple and deals with the things that you need to get this stuff to WORK. There are other good books out there, but they're too busy making this stuff into rocket science whereas Marty's book breaks it down into something that is manageable - that is a sign of a good technical writer.
Seriously, I don't know how many books I bought that are related to Java - but they all need to be written like this one. Don't waste your time with anything else.