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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Incomplete and not a good reference


This is a very good reference book to have at your desk, especially if you like having a concrete book to read, instead of looking online at the java.sun.com help. The coverage of most topics is very impressive both in depth and the number of examples given, however the book is not perfect as it barely touches on a few important subjects like Java Swing, Servlets, and Database programming. Aside from being a solid reference, this book is also good at teaching new concepts (when they are included!), especially the Java Collections framework.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This book is basically a manual of VB6.


I was looking for a book that had lots of examples on the use of classes in VB. I teach beginning VB6 and thought that I needed a fresh approach. This book is exactly what I wanted. It seems to closely match the MS certification subject matter with lots of examples in concise format. Finally after 16 books and several classes this book really looks good.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Word 2000 for Windows for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Dan Gookin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
"Average" sums it up best


This book is very helpful for anyone who knows little or nothing about the Microsoft Word 2000 program. The index is easy to use and directions for each process are clear and easy to understand. The "cheat sheet" in the front of the book is very nice and helpful for answering those small questions. A very helpful book for anyone with the Word 2000 program.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worthy of the K&R legacy


You know, after about twenty years, I continue to find insight, wisdom, and clarity in K&R. While C++ went through its protracted "fadish" stage (like all programming languages), and its implementation was a wreck in the hands of compiler writers, it stayed on the path toward industrial strength and greater efficiency. My copy of the 3rd Ed. is finally starting to get those filthy dark smudges along the edge of the pages, like my K&R.