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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pointers on C
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Kenneth Reek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Book on C Programming - Bar None!

Better than Kernighan and Ritchie. Better than Harbison and Steele. Not for beginners to programming in general, but by far the best book for programmers looking to learn the C programming language. The emphasis on pointers is absolutely essential to serious C programming, and this is the only book I know of that is so oriented. You may study K&R or H&S, then go to look at some Linux kernel source and find yourself mystified. Not so with Reek's book. The former books teach pointers to be sure, but the level of detail and examples are insufficient for serious programming. The Reek book fills this void. An outstanding book and very readable as well. Buy it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Envisioning Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply THE bible for every designer in the information age!!

Ed Tufte has created an essential resource for every software designer and developer that imparts the RELIGION of good design, while avoiding the typical lists of "do's" and "don'ts" that are so pervasive in design texts. Tufte offers incredible examples of his design concepts and the publication itself is a tangible example of extraordinary design

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Layman's View of Codes

I just finished reading this book (it has been out for over a year, and I just now got to it). This is, by far, the best overview of code makers and code breakers. You get an historical and personal overview of this broad and secretive subject. Not only was this book informative, but I could not put it down. An addictive and pleasurable read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David McAmis
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This is by no means a reference book!

Page-for-page, I got a lot of value out of this book, and quickly (2 work days, cover-to-cover, running and tweaking the downloaded examples.). It concisely covers exactly what the title says it does - CR.NET - not stand alone CR 9, nor Enterprise. It addresses an issue that both Microsoft and Crystal/Seagate documentation have always given short shrift to in earlier versions of CR - how the tool (CR.NET) is intended to be used in the context of the larger IDE (VS.NET).
Still, the bad reviews here are somewhat valid. The important legacy issue of porting old CR 7 and 8 reports into CR.NET is not addressed - even though the topic would be germane to the subject matter. Also, while I haven't had any troubles using SQL Server stored procs in CR.NET so far, I have to agree that the topic is important and germane enough to deserve specific discussion. God help me for saying this about a Wrox title, but it would have been worth making it a little thicker to cover these topics.
And hey, it's nice to see Wrox taking the time to let one author write a thin, coherent book instead of rushing out the thick, incoherent collections of chapter-length articles that they usually do.