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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Windows System Programming (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Johnson M. Hart
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
similar to unix coding

So much of this book has the flavour of unix systems programming. Part of the reason is the presentation. Hart has deliberately pitched his book towards programmers experienced in unix. But the bulk of the material is inherently not too dissimilar anyway.

The code examples are in C, as they usually are in unix. Plus, the book stays away from user interface issues, where there seems to be greater divergence between Microsoft and unix.

The discussion of network programming may have the greatest overlap with its unix counterpart, out of all the book's sections. Mostly because both use TCP/IP, so optimal designs tend to converge. Those of you used to Berkeley Sockets are shown an easy port to Win Sockets. Very little rewriting or relearning here.

All this in the book is good news for you, if you come from unix programming. It means your skills are very transferable.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A wonderful book for a beginner programmer.

I've decided to get this book after I read the reviews on the website.I'm an English major and never had any experience in programming. This book helped me alot! The explanation, illustration help you to understand better. It's a fun book too. I love this book and want to recommend it. I hope this book is available in Korea too. It's a strongly recommendable book. You'll never regret if you're a beginner programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 101 Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Applications
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Patrick Barnes, Sean Campbell, Bob Carver, Kris Horrocks, Jim Pragit, Oz Rugless, Scott Swigart, Sean Campbell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Getting down to brass tacks

This is the most PRACTICAL book I've seen on VB.Net. I've been working with VB.Net since it came out, but there were still a lot of problems with common situations. For example, he explains and illustrates Crystal Reports bettern than the only book I've found on Crystal Reports. He gets into the arcane world of forms that update SQL databases and the black art of binding with a "here's how to do it" approach. Generally speaking, he seems to have gone through the million-or-so class libraries and told you about the ones you really should know about and how to use them. A joy and a relief!

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
What a disappointment!

I love Idea Index. You can flip to any random page and get some creative solutions that hadn't occurred to you. Layout Index, however, is not nearly as useful, innovative or even interesting, unless vintage 1994 design is your idea of "cutting edge". I think the author had these ideas sitting in his desk drawer a little too long.
Unlike Idea Index, which is a hodgepodge of design ideas that are far from finished, Layout Index walks the reader through some solutions. Instead of ideas, you get second-rate finished pieces that won't spark your own ideas. The beauty of the nonlinear index is lost.
I guess this book might be useful for those who need help with their church newsletter or flyers for the kids' birthday party. Will professionals get any use out of this? Nope. I'll give it two stars just because it might come in handy for the soccer moms.
I hate to dog the book... his first one was so good, but I guess that's why this one is such a dud. My expectations were not met.