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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a must read

It's easy to write productive programs in Visual Basic, so much so that you don't really need anything but the online help to get you going. But as your solutions get more and more intricate the need to find 'elegant' solutions becomes more and more important. That's where this book comes in. I wish I had read this book two years ago, that way I wouldn't be unlearning and relearning so much now.
VB5 and VB6 while not fully Object Oriented languages are close and it's important to learn this concept sooner rather than later and that is the main focus of this book. I highly recommend this book to beginning and intermediate programmers alike.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Visual FoxPro
Publisher: Hentzenwerke Publishing
Authors: Andy Kramek, Marcia Akins, Rick Schummer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
1001 Things is outstanding !!

If you've been using VFP for a while you absolutely need to get this book. I've read a lot of developer computer books over the years & I'm finding myself enjoying this book the most. The book is laid out in a 'How To' format & it covers exactly the types of questions/problems developers face in everday situations along with plenty of actual coding samples.
It's a must have!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A billiant, exemplary book.

I agree with other rave reviews: this is certainly the best technical book I have encountered, and it is a pleasure both to read through and to use as a reference. DuBois's style is clear and succinct, with a fine wit. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this book is how much DuBois teaches within the confines of a single book -- so much, and so well presented, that the book seems far shorter than its physical thickness would suggest. By way of learning how to use MySQL for practical benefit, the reader also learns standard SQL, fundamental principles of database organization and management, and coding in C, Perl, and PHP, for use both on a local machine and in the Web context, not to mention installation and maintenance on various systems. The key to DuBois's clarity is his presentation of revealing examples at every step of the way, with explanations of each item. The index is also superb and there are richly helpful reference appendices.
(There is one error on p. 250, where DuBois leaves out the first argument to print_error(), the connection handle -- an easy enough mistake and one that I have made far too often since reading the book.)
If there were a prize for excellence in technical books, it should go to Paul DuBois. Bravo!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Zbigniew Michalewicz, David B. Fogel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A comprehensive overview of problem solving techniques

This book provides one of the most comprehensive views of modern techniques in problem solving. The authors use a number of classic problems to illustrate conventional heuristics as well as giving you a solid and working knowledge of more modern evolutionary techniques. The appendicies provide a good introduction to background information on probability theory and statistics used throughout the book, as well as projects for further exploration. Scattered throughout the text are complete and up-to-date references that can be used by the reader to delve deeper into certain topic areas. This book is written to be read and understood by both students and experienced researchers in the field.