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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
Good book for everyone

This book is a good read for beginning and advanced C programmers. If you're the type to need the "Dummy" books, maybe software development isn't your thing.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Still Making Money on the Internet

This is a book that everyone that desires to sell on on-line auctions should read. Marsha is down to earth. I just attended eBay Live in Anaheim, CA & she conducted several seminars. I have also attended eBay University in Clearwater, FL where she spoke. She does not just tell you how to do the business, she successfully does the business and shares what she has learned over a long period of time! This book is a small investment that will pay off big time!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCA Citrix MetaFrame XP for Windows Administrator Study Guide (Exam 70-220)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Inc. Syngress Media, Melissa Craft
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Book Has Value

I'm not entirely certain why people are giving this book 1 star reviews- it's *not* a 5 star book, but in my opinion, it's *not* a 1 star book. I think the books tracks fairly well to the exam (I just sat the XP exam), and if you know the book really well, it *will* help you as you take the test. Believe me, you also have to have hands on with Citrix XP in order to pass.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steven John Metsker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise, Readable, and Specific

I really liked this book.

My background was in VB6 and classic ASP, until just over two years ago. I was introduced to C# and I've never looked back.
Reading about C# best practices led me into design patterns and that naturally led me to this book. It was the first book I've read on patterns (aside from a few articles online.)

Concise - Metsker doesn't waste my time with unnecessary text (such as lame jokes or repetitive text). If I don't get something the first time, I go back and read it over.

Readable - The information in the book is dense, and there are certainly sections that may be confusing initially. However the book thoughtfully organized, the spacing and layout are comfortable, the author's voice reminiscent of a friendly college professor

Specific - His implementation of patterns take advantage of C# specific features. This is important, and I would not have recognized this without the input of C++ developer.</li>

In addition, this book helped to clarify a number of Object Oriented and Component Oriented concepts (such as delegates, interfaces, and iterators). Likewise, it shed light on the .NET FCL (streams and enumerators)

Regarding the exercises in the book; I was irritated with them at first, however I found that they were really useful for making the concepts stick once I quit being lazy. On the flipside, the book is quite useable even if you skip over them.

The only real negative is the metaphor of the fireworks company. It's not intuitive and it takes a while to sink in.