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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: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A waste of $50! Avoid!

What a cheaply written book! Filled with an overwhelming amount of detail, unfortunately the majority of it is no different to what can be found in the VB help screens. The authors add very little by way of their own input and where they do, it is needlessly wordy,frequently repeated and generally adds little. The programming examples are limited, poorly explained and little use to anyone seeking to learn complex VB for business use. Programming exercises seem poorly thought out and rarely draw out well the features discussed in the preceeding chapter. It's cheap two colour printing and irritating bug logos throughout only serve to add insult to injury...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Readable and essential

This is a well-written, well organized and extremely useful book. If you are new to .NET remoting don't let the "advanced" in the title scare you off - you must understand at least the material in the first half of this book (chapters 1 to 5) to use remoting sensibly.
I sat down with this book, read the first half and selected later chapters in about two hours, and all the issues that had cropped up in my first attempt to use remoting were resolved.
A later remoting problem triggered by installation of .NET framework version 1.1 was resolved by information on the author's website.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art and Science of C : A Library Based Introduction to Computer Science
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Eric S. Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb book for the programming beginner!

Not only have I read the book, but I've actually taken a class taught by Eric Roberts. The man's method of teaching is amazing, and I feel that his book is an excellent guide for anybody who needs a soft introduction to the programming. His examples and practice questions are creative and meaningful, and his sample code is clear and concise.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Php Web Development With Macromedia Dreamweaver Mx 2004
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Rachel Andrew, Allan Kent, David Powers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

Beginning July and this book has finally shipped! I Got it a few days ago and I am only half way into it, but it seems like a good 'investment' Finally a book that explains all the aspect of using PHP and MySQL with DreamWeaver MX2004. Most of it is applicable to DreamWeaver MX (6.x).
The content is excellent and despite the somewhat dry writing style very well structured and with great depth. Many other books failed for me to convey the whole idea of using PHP in DMX but this one finally works for me. Not only do they give great advice, but the debugging / trouble shooting section is extensive and certainly helpful for beginners (like me) and intermediates. It's not easy reading and not as enjoyable as Jeffrey Zeldmans "Designing with Web Standards" but that may be due to the topic and covered material. Databases are somewhat complex by nature.
The only thing I don't particularily care about is the layout. It starts with a typewriter style Table of Contents and ripples thru the book with somewhat inconsistent layout. (Some pictures have capitons others don't, some paragrahps are wider than others despite being of the same importance etc.) But that's mostly for the eye.
There is no CD included for the samples but that may be a good thing. Since "learning by doing" is less effective when taking shortcuts and simply loading the examples. However, if you don't like typing, the author's website provides downloads.