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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Book for GUI developers


This book was a huge disappointment. It seems that Mr. Petzold thinks that GUI is all that Windows programmer should know about. Well, surely this is all you will learn from this book - almost 1300 pages on how to draw shapes and display various kinds of buttons.

On the other hand, people who really code GUIs for living might find this book very interesting as it contains a LOT of information on this topic.

I give it 3 stars for being comprehensive on one topic (GUI?). Took two away for the misleading title.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How to Be Invisible: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Personal Privacy, Your Assets, and Your Life (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Authors: J.J. Luna
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reading for all ages - must know info on privacy


If you are old enough to drive (or much older), you need to read this book.

The author does an excellent job of informing the reader how to maintain privacy and protect oneself under a variety of circumstances. He also understands that not everyone can or wants to achieve the ultimate level that he has - take it as far as you like and are comfortable with.

Other reviewers giving a negative impression of this book don't appear to have read (or understood) the entire book. Many of their comments are simply incorrect. Some of this is tough to do and not for everyone and the author makes that perfectly clear.

The book is well worth the money and the ONLY book I have found that is supported by the author DAILY with a FREE website.

Thank you Mr. Luna!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Authors: Linda Null, Julia Lobur
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essentials of Computer Org/Arch: It's About Time


As a teacher, I wasn't too thrilled about yet another computer organization and architecture book. However, this one is different. It is written from a computer science point of view and it aimed at a one semester sequence course. After attending SIGCSE, I was aware of the new Computing Curriculum 2001. This book appears to follow that curriculum, even in the amount of hours recommended per topic.
If you are looking for a computer engineering book, this one probably won't be top on your list. However, the selection of topics for both computer science (and information systems) is perfect. If you are looking for an org/arch reference book, this would be a good candidate.
Strong points: Concise, clear writing style (easy for students to understand); lots of examples; many exercises, at varying levels of difficulty; good breadth for a one course sequence; logical organization; simple "learning" architecture (with simulation software); up-to-date errata (on book web page).
Potential weak points: If you teach more than 2-3 weeks of assembly language programming, you'll have to supplement with a different book; all software is in Java (I don't consider this a weakness, but some people may).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
good book


My first EJB book,simple to understand, good samples,good coverage.A must read ,especially for beginners.