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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP.NET 1.1 with VB.NET 2003 (Beginning)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Chris Ullman, John Kauffman, Chris Hart, David Sussman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Wish It Explained ASP.NET From A Visual Studio Perspective

This is a good book that taught the concepts of ASP.NET in an understandable manner. The book uses a freeware product called "Web Matrix" to perform the examples. I was using an academic copy of Visual Studio 2003 and was totally confused as I followed along for the first week. Being new to ASP.NET, I didn't know the method of coding an ASP.NET web form using "codebehind" until two days after purchasing the book. The book does not discuss this until you get to the appendix. For newbies, information like this should be upfront. So, I spent a few days using Visual Studio.NET like "notepad" until I realized that I could code a web form almost like a standard windows form in VB.NET.
Since you don't need Visual Studio.NET to create ASP.NET pages explains why 99% of the books that I have encountered about ASP.NET don't teach from that perspective as well. Other than that, it is very good book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Definitely a Good Value

The book was thorough and detailed as are most of the O'Reilly series. However, for the perl beginner, I was confused at time by the syntax, and after re-reading some sections a few times, I was still a bit unclear on some issues. Consequently, this book was a great starting point to search other sources for assistance... usually online or other free sources. The code is presented and usually explained, but often times not completely. With the "Programming Perl" book by O'Reilly publisher, to accompany this book, learning perl would become much more easier. Alone, this book is decent.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Project Management: A Unified Framework
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Walker Royce
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Business case for an iterative process

Well-researched, well-thought, and well-written book provides a compelling business case for an iterative software development process. Rather than focus on the mechanics of the Unified Process, as one might expect, the author presents justification for transitioning from a traditional software engineering approach to an iterative approach.
Conventional software engineering is first presented, along with its drawbacks. The changing software landscape is examined, and future success factors are identified. The factors are then tied into the new process.
Thorough coverage of many different angles, including an excellent section on metrics, estimation models (and the evolution of COCOMO), team development, culture changes, etc.
Great read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Low-Budget Online Marketing
Publisher: Self-Counsel Press
Authors: Holly Berkley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great advice for small businesses!

I just started a home based business and do all my communications via the web and email. This book was a quick read and easy to follow, and gave me a clear direction on how to market my business online, without spending a fortune! I highly recommend this book