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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is really fabulous. It explains COM in the language of an expert. I would advise someone buying this book to read a more elementary book ,like Inside Com by Dale Rogerson, before reading this book. Should be there on the bookshelf of any developer who is seriously involved with COM. Don Box is a real expert in the COM philosophy.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals (Cisco Press Fundamentals Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: David Barnes, Basir Sakandar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Looks Like Size does not matter anymore! Filled with Gems!

This book is only 375 pages and one can read it during a weekend. But do not underestimate it because of its size as it is filled with information and tips which you wont find anywhere else. Do you know what scp is? Do you know what IGMP fallback is? Do you know how to find out for an IP pair, which link in the etherchannel bundle getting used? The book is filled with these kinds of tips throughout. Its your source of quick lookups at work when you are stressed looking for something. It can help you to recall what certain knob is used for? The book covers all major areas of Lan Switching. It has a detailed chapter on Cisco switches architecture and it is indeed very informative. Chapter 11 goes into Campus design details and some common pitfalls are discussed.

Overall the book has a great flow. It covers LAN switching concepts, architecture, design and troubleshooting. Youll learn about a varietyof topics, including QoS, IGMP, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Multiple Spanning Tree (MST), private virtual LANs (VLANs), and configuration using the native and hybrid software. The book will help new and intermediate professionals and also aspiring CCIEs. This book along with CCNP Practical Studies from Justin Menga can provide everything one needs to know about Lan Switching has to offer these days.

Great effort by Basir and David!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Version 2003 (Book & CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Boo,

Let me just say that I have tons of Visual Basic .NET books which include my previous beloved Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET (what a mouth full) that also author by Mr. Francesco Balena together with Jeffrey Richter.
Well, I don't know why I waited so long before getting Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET by Francesco Balena. It has something to do with the fact that I already have a copy of the Framework programming book, or so I thought.
Let's just say after reading countless books on the framework and the .NET idioms etc I still find the concepts somewhat elusive, until one day I accidentally flipped throught this book and it instantly made all the concepts clear to me. I put this book in the same category as Mr. Ted Pattison's outstanding Programming Distributed Applications with COM+ and Visual Basic 6.0 book.
I got to go study now, but will write some more after I'm through with it.
Thanks Mr Balena, and keep playing that Jazz saxophone. By the way, I am a Jazz guitarist as well.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Concepts of Programming Languages, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Robert W. Sebesta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best programming language book

and one of the best computer science books in general. It is very well written and organized, and doesn't get bogged down in minor details and extra information. It gets straight to the point, unlike another programming language book by Ravhi Sethi. The Ravi Sethi book probably has more information, but it's EXTREMELY poorly written/organized and bogged down with useless extra information (I think he just did that to seem smarter than he really is). I learned 5 times as much reading this book, while spending 1/5 of the time reading it (as compared with Sethi's book).