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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Double Duty

I found this an excellent introduction to programming with Javascript (I did have experience in other languages). But even after becoming comfortable with the introductory concepts, I continue to use this book as a desktop reference. The entries are easy to follow and contain just the right amount of information on the command or object I'm looking up.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy the paperback ...

This book is an absolute must for C programmers. "K&R" is the best book to learn the language, as well as the ultimate reference manual around. You may need the hardcover because of the number of times you'll reach for the book to look something up, but for the common student/worker, the paperback is more than enough. The best C book around, without any question.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Small Business Kit for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Richard D. Harroch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Tedious, boring and for larger companies

I was sorely disappointed by the contents of this book which is written by an attorney who clearly works with venture capital funded businesses and who doesn't understand a true small business.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The search is over

I've taught Park University's Computer Networking course four times now and I've used four different textbooks. I'm very happy with my most recent choice - Kurose/Ross's Computer Networking. The Kurose/Ross textbook is everything I've been looking for.
Our computer networking course is an overview of networking. Many of the textbooks on the market are overly mathematical or overly business-oriented. This one is just right. Personally, I love Tanenbaum's networking textbook, but I have to admit that this one is better suited for an introductory networking course.
I thought that the PowerPoint slides were pretty good, but I still didn't use them much because I'm ultra-picky about my lecture presentation and I thought that I needed to write my own slides for added clarity. Positive attributes:1. Emphasis on the Internet and the Internet protocol stack. As the authors point out, that makes for a more relevant model than the old OSI model. Students can more easily get a handle on the Internet protocol stack model.2. Great website.3. Well written.4. Great content. Lots of detail when you need it, but it introduces difficult concepts in a manner that is not overwhelming.5. Good homework problems. I haven't tried the programming excercises because my students didn't know Java, but next time I teach the course, the students will know Java and I plan to use the programming assignments.6. Great response from the authors. I enquired about a typo and Keith Ross replied the same day with appropriate help.