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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The perfect HTML tutor

As a novice HTML'er, I had low expectations about writing HTML code. I quickly found limitations using Front Page type editors. I purchased this book after reading the online reviews and found it to be the perfect HTML tutor.
Showing the code, how it fits into the page and the final result on the display makes this the easy way to learn. You know EXACTLY what to expect as you follow along in the book.
When I read through the reviews I notice, with very few exceptions, that all are 4 or 5 stars. When I do find a review that pans this book I have to wonder about the commentator. Either they wrote the review for the wrong book or they should pack up their computer and take it back to the store. Castro makes HTML so simple.
I can't wait to start another book from Elizabeth Castro.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA for Dummies, Second Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Don't expect to pass the exam with this.

When preparing for the CCNA I purchased this text and found it to be a great introduction. Indeed, most all the material you'll find on the exam is covered. However, the exam requires some analysis, not just plug-and-chug answers. For a better understanding, I recommend Cisco's CCNA boxed set. I was displeased with this text because you'd occasionally find contradictions between the chapter and the Q&A at the end of the chapter. Bottom line - if you know Cisco routers, this will get you through the test. If you're new to Cisco, get a copy of the Cisco boxed set as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
VB6 + VB.NET = Changing Times

If you are a guru at VB6, like me, you want as smooth a transition to VB.NET as possible. This book helps soften the bumps. A couple chapters get a little long-winded, but hang in there -- there is more good stuff ahead. This will give you a better idea of where to head next. It is not a how-to-start-doing-VB.NET-code-today type of book. It can be read independent of doing code (i.e., you do not need to open VS.NET IDE to use it).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

This book helped me pass the A+ Service Technician's Examination. It is very thorough (Mike Meyers doesn't leave many things out) and quite fun to read. The last thing is important: if you're going to slog through 1,200 pages of technical information, it helps to be led through it all by someone with a sense of humor. My only complaint is with the pictures: not all of them were needed, and they seem to increase this already hefty book's size even further. Otherwise, this is one of the best computer books I've ever read.