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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Two essential books: Petzold's and this book.


For UNIX, you buy W. Richard Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment and UNIX Network Programming -- for Win32 you buy Programming Windows by Charles Petzold and this book. Petzold gets you started, Richter lets you pursue the good stuff.
Although this is easily a 5 star book, it is not without room for improvement. For the 4th edition, Mr. Richter, I'd like to see Anonymous and Named Pipes covered, as well as Mailslots, and some introductory coverage of Winsock (Winsock could be covered in a separate book.)
It's a bit surprising that those topics aren't covered, since just about every advanced topic I was looking for was covered in excellent detail.
To be in the same class as Stevens' books, I'd like to see some performance considerations included. For example, how much more expensive is a Mutex over Critical Sections and Events? Ralph Davis' book, Win32 Network Programming, covers this a little better, and includes quite a bit of discussion on advanced Win32 topics besides the networking APIs.
And lastly, a hard-bound edition would be nice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Persuasive Online Copywriting: How to Take Your Words to the Bank
Publisher: Wizard Academy Press
Authors: Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The GROK knows all


This was my third of three copywriting books I read. While actually being the smallest, this book probably had the most content. The beautiful thing is that each topic is in its own small 2-3 page chapter which is very convincing, logical, and easily accesable for further usage.
One of the better internet books on the market.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Introduction


As a previous reader of Tom's VisualInterDev 6 book, I think he did an excellent job explaining new platform language C# with a very easy understandable way and using very open and clean code samples... He explained what C# is and what isn't and the differences C# vs. C++. If you are wondering what is C# all about, you must buy this book first before even asking anybody else and getting the wrong answers...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book for learning Java


As a programmer experienced in C++ and Perl, I found this an excellent book for learning what Java had to offer as a language.