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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Anne Prince
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
New Student to VB and vb.NET

Selected this book at the bookstore after browsing all vb.net books they had. This book leaves out all the BS of programming, and stuff you have already had in every programming book at school, and gives you straight, easy to understand and follow information. Gets you going on using the Visual Studio.NET IDE for Visual Basic. Excellent code examples--gives you what you need without extra mumbo jumbo!
Very Happy!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Voice & Data Communications Handbook (Standards & Protocols)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Regis J. Bates, Donald W. Gregory
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book for anyone interested in Telephony!

I purchase and review a large number of technical books from the fields of voice and data communications every year, and I can easily state that this book is one of the best introductory texts I've encountered. The authors have chosen a wide range of topics to discuss, but they never lose sight of the importance of providing a reasonable depth of coverage for each topic.
Similiar texts I can recommend include "Systems and Networks" by Ray Horvak and Mark Miller, Newton's Telecom Dictionary, by Harry Newton, and for a more sophisticated review of communications: "Emerging Communications Technologies" by Uyless Black and "Enterprise Networking: Data Link Subnetworks" by James Martin

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Move to Struts 1.1

[A review of the Second Edition]
The first version of Struts was enthusiastically received by the Java community. Its easy factorisation of GUI coding and back end business logic, in a fashion that built upon existing Model-View-Controller approaches, proved compelling. So too, of course, was its free, open source nature.
As experience was gained, Struts was upgraded to version 1.1, which this book fully discusses, in the typical competent O'Reilly tradition that readers will be familiar with. If you are still using Struts 1.0, and have no inclination to migrate, then you probably don't need this book. But Cavaness suggests that you should give 1.1 a consideration, and this book is persuasive argument.
Some chapters are useful, but mundane, like those on internationalisation, exception handling and logging. Definitely important capabilities. So much so that you can reasonably expect any major application to have these. The only question is, how exactly does it enable them? Struts handles these quite capably.
I have not read the first edition of this book. But this edition indeed seems very comprehensive and useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Far too complicated

This book proves that C++ and CORBA are far too complicated. I'm sticking to Java and EJB!