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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good book to start programming in asp.net !

The book covers a lot of aspects of asp.net, some c#, vb.net and xml. This is good for developers shifting from classic asp to asp.net. Users will have a grasp of the common concepts and new syntax of asp.net. Although I wouldn't recommend this book to a newbie or someone without web programming experience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a great starting place

This book is a great introduction to Javascript. It gives simple examples of things you can do, and gives little add-ons to allow you to build real world functionality into your web site. A few more pages and another concept or two, and this is 5 stars...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Seth Godin
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Stating the very obvious

I love Seth Godin and his book "permission marketing", but "The big Red Fez" were a big disappointment. I guess that for a newbie that never had spend any time considering what is good design or participating in a discussion about design and usability this book can be a bit inspiring - for anyone else with a bit more experience in webdesign it states the very obvious without adding anything new to the discussion.
The Adobe Ebook format S.... <cencuret>, which Godin do know (and comment on)One star for the content, another star for good writing style, Godin do come across crystal clear and entertaining

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Every Programmer should own this

This is really a fantastic book. It contains hundreds of pages of pratical information you can use to design efficient, reuseable, and debuggable software. The book cites many research studies to support its points. Some may say that this book is not useful because it was written before the advent of object oriented software. I totally disagree with them. Many of the same concepts are involved in writing good object oriented software, and many programs still exist in C or Fortran. The book is still as useful as it ever was; though, you will need to supplement it with a book covering object oriented concepts. I suggest this to veteran and new progammers because the book has information that will help the veteran and has techniques that will get the new programmer off on the right foot. Take the time to read the whole book because it is all good and none of it is repetative. All professional programmers should read this book early in their career. In the long run, it will save time, money, and effort.