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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The best reference, the worst introduction

A friend gave me this book. I have used it only in times where I already had done what I wanted to do, I just could't remember exactly how to do it. Implication: this is a horrible book from which to learn. If you don't know how to do something in C++, you won't learn it here. However; if you want to remember something, the detail in this book makes it an indespensible reference.
More positively, this book covers everything I have ever eneded to know, and I imagine it covers everything there is to know about C++. I think anyone who writes in C++ needs this on the shelf; for Christ's sake, Stroustrup wrote the freakin language!
Bottom line: Learn it first, buy this book for reference later.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Confidence : How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
practical no-nonsence advice

A well written book that explores sports organizations and businesses during their losing seasons and either how they bounced back or how they stayed beaten.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The classic of computer programming

If there could be only one book to read for anyone interested in starting computer programming, and this is it. The focus is on describing the C language and providing a sound understanding of the principles of C programming. Not a step-by-step, how-to book, but a more fundamental and purposeful explanation of the C Language. I often recommend this book to programming students as a book to judge all other computer books by.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services (Database)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Larson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Too lite for me, possibly good for others

I browsed through this at a bookstore recently, and saw that many pages had lists like:

Click on File->Open
Choose this option
Choose that option
Press this button

Sigh, I don't like it when a book states what should be obvious.

This book is too low-level for my needs. Granted, I'm looking for a book that assumes that I know .NET and SQL Server already, so this may be appropriate for someone else. I just wanted to get a book that would give a good overview of the architecture, and then let me start using it ASAP. This is not quite it.