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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition; O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Craig Hunt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Computer Book I Have Ever Read


Another "must have" book from O'Reilly. I don't know how they manage it, but those guys are the masters of no-bull hard core technical writing. TCP/IP network administration is of the same high quality as all other works from this publisher.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Web Applications with ASP.NET and C#
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Hank Meyne, Scott Davis, Hank Meyne, Scott Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
slim fast core grasp of ASP.NET and C# for the experienced


I knew Java and ASP for several months, and I had to do ASP.NET with C# at work. This is my first and only DOT NET book so far. This slim book got me into working on ASP.NET in few days. This is NOT for the BEGINNING Programmers. If you have experience in OOP like JAVA and Serverside Web scripting like ASP, you would find this book get you to ASP.NET developing fast. It has real world example and explains core essential things. Just what you need to know to get on the job quickly. You don't spend time on what you already know. It doesn't teach you C# but since I knew Java, it was perfectly ok. For more detailed stuff where I needed, I went to MSDN library. To learn more and deep in certain sections, I'll buy some other books. I am giving 5 stars because it's the only book I read and it did good job for my purpose. Thank you very much!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Only for beginners


I've been programming embedded systems now for about 5 years and I'm always looking for new tips and tricks. Unfortunately this book is only for beginners. Having said that, it really is a great book for beginners. I'm going to make all of my graduates read this book cover to cover. But if you've been programming embedded systems for anything more than 12 months you probably won't get much out of this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Jonathan S. Harbour
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Finally, and programming book that keeps you interested!


I have read many books on programming and other computing topics and they have all fallen foul of the same problem; they become very hard to read after the first few chapters/lessons!
I have a shelf full of "Teach Yourself XYZ in 24 hours" books, most of which have been a real struggle after the initial enthusiasm has dwindled (Usually by chapter 3 or 4) as the subject is too often delivered in a boring manner with little to show for your study. They seem to not work toward anything and it's hard to see a "Real world" point to anything you learn.
Like no book on the subject I have ever read, "Visual Basic .NET programming for the absolute beginner" breaks the mould and teaches the subject of Visual Basic.NET in a fun and interesting manner. The book uses games as examples while pointing out the "Real World" application for the things you learn. Using games is a splendid idea, making this a fun book to read and leaving the reader with some useful projects to build and expand upon. I would often find myself looking forward to getting home from work so I can start the next chapter.
Another nice point is that the books author, Jonathan Harbour, runs a group on Yahoo!. He reads any posts there and offers advice and tips to folk who visit the forum (He answered a question of mine on there so I know it's true).
If I have to make some criticisms, I would say that the summaries and "end of chapter" projects can be a little tough for the novice. More than once I was a little stumped as to how to approach the challenge, though after reading a few more chapters I was able to return and complete them. That said, one could argue that this approach is a good way to re-enforce the skills learned, as you go back to earlier projects to apply what you have most recently learned.
So there you have it, I am highly recommending this book to anyone who wants to learn VB.NET in a fun, informative and highly refreshing way.