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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
"father" is not a good author

I have some knowlege about C++. When I was buying this book, I thought I can improve my C++ very easily (especially my OO skill -- the core of C++) since he, the author, is the "father" of C++. When I read the book, I realized that "father" is not the best author to write the book. I found the book unorganized and hard to follow. Some sections in the book are useless (we might never use them). Why bother to explain it?

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
Hands down...the best HTML book available!!!!

Elizabeth Castro makes HTML easy and fun. I've have all four editions of this book and it's my primary HTML reference. No matter if your a beginner or an experienced HTML programmer, you should not be without this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design, and Implementation, Ninth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Kroenke
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The most frustrating worthless book for beginners. AVOID IT

I had to purchase this for an intro to Databases class. The author chooses to use vocabulary that easily confused EVERYONE taking this class.
We often joke before going into class. We all hate this book and wish another were in it's place. Since the textbook is hard to understand, it's caused alot of frustration for the class. Not everyone likes the class as much, BECAUSE the text is so verbose.
I know that I'll have to learn more about databases in the future and I've learned alot from other sources already. However, this piece of garbage will promptly go where it belongs when I finish this class.
In the burnpile, in my backyard. There, I will burn things that are useless, like this book.
I could return it to the bookstore. But that would mean someone else would suffer the same frustration. You could also argue that the bookstore would give me money for the book, when they do their annual book buyback.
I would naturally insist that they spend the money on textbooks that teach, not confuse and frustrate.
Perhaps the author should read George Orwell's Essay on how to write effectively: Politics and the English Language (1946)
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Starting Point

This book is a great starting point for anyone building object or data models for business applications.It is full of information and you can add or remove things to create a specific data model.Pay no attention to the people that are saying it is disappointing because it is so general. It is a great starting point and I don't think you are ever going to find a data model in a book that doesn't need some sort of specialisation or customisation.
I have recommended this book to everyone I have talked to about data models since I got it a month ago. If you are anything other than a specialist data/object modeler, then you will find great value in this book.