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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book

I've been sitting in Borders and read though about 10 books on VC++, and finally I picked this one. I know C++ fairly well, but I've not really touched Visual C++. I have also used Visual Basic, and pretty much figured out VB by myself. But I was confused when I start use Visual C++.
As many people have said that first half of the book is about the standard C++. And the rest is about MFC. Some reviewers said they know C++ pretty well (it seems the first half is not useful for them), but got confused by the second part on MFC. The trueth is you need understand standard C++ to really understand how to use Visual C++. Even after using C++ for 3 years now, There are still things can confuse me (i'm not talking about wrting loops here). Some people said they will learn OOP then C then C++, hmmm, they clearly don't know what they are talking about. Truelly understanding the standard C++ will give you the fundation of studying more advnaced features of the language. If you don't know how pointer works, how class and inheritance works, read and UNDERSTAND the first half of the book first before complain anything for not understanding the rest.
Many other books I read teach you quickly on how to make windows and applications in Visual C++. A none C++ programmer should be able to follow them, but they are not going to really understand what's going on. With this book you will know how and why things work the way they are by clearly understand the fundmental of C++.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A very, very good basis for a constructive web site

There are a LOT of books that take you through the dos and don'ts of web site design. As a web designer I tend to take these with a grain of salt - one guy's opinion may not necesarily translate into good web strategy.
But this book seems to know common sense from personal opinion. Nielson goes through tried and true design and architecture practices, in a relatively structured and logical fashion. At times a little wordy, but helpful.
This is definitely a good book to accompany Siegel's "Killer Web Sites". With these two on your shelf you're definitely a step ahead of the rest.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robot Building for Beginners
Publisher: Apress
Authors: David Cook
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exciting and Clever!

The author, David Cook, naturally steps inexperienced readers through the robot building process. A lot of books unsuccessfully assume you already know something about electronics, or expect you to go buy a different book to learn how. Instead, this book alone informs the reader about each step and part necessary, from electronics, to mechanics, to aesthetics, through testing.
Another thing I like about the book is that it encourages readers to make their own robot from scratch out of commonly available parts. Unlike the low-quality kits (from which you learn nothing) being hoisted upon budding scientists, the robot presented in this book really becomes the reader's creation. A practical and useful feature of the book is that each circuit is first shown as a schematic (or wiring diagram) and then a labeled photograph on a solderless breadboard. It makes it simple for me to reproduce the circuit on my board by counting the holes or comparing locations to the photographs in the book.
A terrific book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My Book is titled... VC# not VC++

Love this book! I'm a software developer expereienced in c++ now coding in C#. This book is great! It is well thought out and the examples have helped us implement our own solutions.
The chapter on GUI Components was excellent. With some modifications we developed a flexible/reuseable Login Component suitable both on the desktop and Compact Framework.
Thanks to Jon and John for a great C# book. If you are looking for C++ try another book.
One suggestion: republish the link on page 585 in the chapter on Web Services. I cannot connect with the ContentMaster link.
Thanks again,Jim Ryan