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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Showcase Of Learning Visual Basic...


This book is the showcase for learning Visual Basic. Comes with Blow to Blow action to give the reader a better understanding to writing code.The topics are designed to give you a heads up view, and have fun learning about Visual Basic. After reading this book, I'm convinced it's ranked in the top 5 for learning this subject.The author relays great tips for starting out, and sets the stage for more advanced topics in other books to "leap frog" your way into developing your own applications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Frank D. Luna
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Buen libro, sin duda


Este libro no es para principiantes, definitivamente, en bueno para personas que ya conocen firmemente los primeros pasos en Dx 9. Los programas ejemplo, facilmente pueden ser combinados, tiene efectos nieve, laser, etc, me encanto el algoritmo para mover la camara, me resolvio mis problemas en ese aspecto. Tambien otro de sus puntos fuertes es el render de terrenos complejos, con eso logre hacer mi primer juego en serio.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Mediocre Guru


Considering the five starts each of the previous reviewers gave this book, I was more than a bit disappointed with it's lack of guru-like information - espeically with regards to multi-database scenarios. With the exception of a small blurb on database context on the top of page 94, he gives no examples or help on ways of working with multi-database scenarios. Surely this guru doesn't expect in the real world that people don't have to work with multiple databases, does he? Fortunately, I had a copy of "teach yourself Transact-SQL in 21 days" (1997 copyright date) which explained how to do this. Quite frankly, I haven't found anything in this book that I haven't already seen in the other Transact-SQL books that I own. It's still a descent reference manual, just not at the level I was expecting.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To the point and simple to understand


This has got to be the best Javascript book for beginners around by far. The book covers every aspect of Javascript i.e. variables, arrays, control structures, conditional statements etc. This has also got to be the first Javascript book I have ever read that actually bothers to point out the difference between the BOM and the DOM. Most books just suggest everything is part of the DOM, but not this one.
The authors writing style is gentle and there are numerous code examples throughout the book to reinforce the theory. This clearly isn't a book for those who only want to learn a few Javascript tricks; this book is for those who have a serious interest and commitment to learning the language, as it is the kind of book that can take a few months to get through.
If I have any criticism of this book it would be the DHTML sections. Although it is nice to see how Javascript interacts with other languages, I feel this book goes overboard with DHTML. It can't teach you DHTML as well, so you'd be happy with a taster, but this taster goes on to long. It also has a basic ASP tutorial, and a tutorial that shows how to connect your web pages to a database. I found these two tutorials very useful.
Although not all properties and methods are covered (most are listed in the Appendix) the book still does what it sets out to do, and that is teach you Javascript, and it does an excellent job of that. Buy it, you won't regret it!!!