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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
Great Book for Mid COM crisis


You've read a lot, you've built the samples, you've used the wizards, you can actually turn out components in C++, VB and maybe even Java, but you still secretly ask questions like "OK, but WHAT IS this so-called Apartment? WHERE is it?", or "so how does *IT* notice its reference count is zero?", or "WHO keeps track of threading models?". It that's the case, you have a nasty habit of wanting the world to make sense, and Essential Com is for you. Well-organized, with clear lucid prose, a sort of man to man discussion of the reasoning and the detailed implementation issues *behind* the wizards and templates. While rich in C++ code, this is not a paint by numbers cookbook, e.g. MFC and ATL are hardly mentioned. Get that elsewhere and come back here when you have gotten "productive" and want a crack at actually understanding what you're doing. This book is one of the current masterpieces, and you will read it cover to cover. In addition, it's reasonably priced and the pastel color scheme of the cover blends nicely with most bathrooms.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best CSS Book Out There!


I have read quite a few CSS books and this is by far the most practical I have in my library. Forget the 2000 page paperweights which may be a great reference but are not a good guide in the practical application of CSS. This book shows you how to use CSS and covert your old table based layouts into CSS based layouts. I think every developer should have this book in their library.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An honorary classic


The author has a friendly writing style that makes learning C++ easier. Its a dry topic and if a book is easy to read, its that much better!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Delphi for .NET Developer's Guide, First Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Xavier Pacheco
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential for Delphi .Net developer


The book covers an excellent range of topics. As both Delphi and .Net are large subjects I think Xavier has managed the content very well.

The book is easy to read and the examples are very easy to follow.

The Delphi 6 Developers Guide on CD is also a nice bonus if you are still developing for Win32 in Delphi 6/7.

What I expect out of this type of book is to reduce my learning curve and allow me to start writing programs, Delphi for .NET Developer's Guide has certainly done that for me.

If you are going to write .NET programs in Delphi than you want this book on your shelf.