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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Almost there

This book was headed for excellence until halfway through. As the subject becomes more difficult the author simply prints the code and has you open up and read the examples without fully explaining the code. Otherwise it was good for pure basics.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
#1 advanced undergraduate text in E&M

This textbook may well be the best textbook on any subject ever written by anybody. When I took my course at Grinnell College using this book, it was as though there were no need for lecture. The professor even admitted that with a text this good, the subject pretty much teaches itself. I cannot recommend a book more highly than I recommend this book. This language used to convey the information is so well-motivated that the student does not have to work on understanding what is going on.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Who is this book for?

If you are a beginner this book is not complete and sometimes is very confusing. A lot of very important language basics just briefly mentioned. You will not learn java using this book. If you already familiar with java this book will not give you any valuable knowledge. I would recomend "java in a nutshell". For beginners "how to program in java".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My ideal book on learning new skills.

Mr. Ullman's book is perfect: it has everything from installation (if necessary) of PHP & MySQL, to step by step progression to creation of dynamic web sites with ample explanation and tips. Beautiful Mac OS X screenshots.

Not only the book is easy to follow, topics layed out nicely with ample illutrations, furthermore, Mr. Ullman even has a web site dedicated for this book. The website has errata section updated regularly, has a forum where one can post his/her questions -- Mr. Ullman answers most of them! All the scripts can be downloaded if need be -- though I think it is best to physically type in each script and learn from mistakes.

In short, I got hooked on this book. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in creating dynamic web sites.