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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great introduction to PHP and MySQL

This is a great book for those that are willing to learn and are generally competent PC users (not really for absoloute beginners). This book has taught me a great deal and helped me to create the dynamic website I wanted.
I also got great assisstance at the author's website from himself and others there willing to help.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great as a course and as a reference

This book is exceptional in that it will be by your side for as long as you program in MFC. I used this book as a curriculum for my independent study course in preparing for the certification exam 70-016 and it is awesome! He covers everything from painting a single black line to licencing activeX controls. Definately a keeper.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste your time...

I was extremely dissapointed to say the least. This book doesn't even begin to cover video game programming in mySQL, not even the basics. In fact, it doesn't cover video game programming at all. The section on compiling for DOS must have been lost on the way to the printing press... While the plot had substance to it, the ending was predictable and unoriginal...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

If you are looking for a compilation of googling tips and tricks in a neatly bound format, with a useful index and great visuals, this little collection is as good as it gets. The book is expected O'Reilly cadre -- crisply written by pros who aren't winging it.
Yet, it still puzzles me why this info was necessary in a book form, particularly given the most likely intended audience. Most or even ALL of this info is available either on Google itself, especially on "Google Labs", or on frequently read websites such as Slashdot or Kuro5hin.
Recommended if you want to skip some on-computer reading, but I am still waiting to find tricks here that I haven't found elsewhere on the net for a whopping $0.00.