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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best C# book available


I've been programming .NET since 2001 and have read several books on the various tools and technologies that make up the platform. The one book that I keep in close reach is Jesse's Programming C# 3rd edition. Not only was it a great cover-to-cover read, but as a reference book, it has proven to be essential. The coverage of the C# language is excellent and the CLR and framework coverage is concise. I appreciate that the book does not try to cover too much of the framework and mainly focuses on the language and essential BCL classes. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn (or learn more) about C#. I don't think this is a book for beginner programmers, but if you are coming from another language, like VB.NET ;), this is the book for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Janine Warner, Susannah Gardner
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Covers the Basics


Having only once created a webpage on FrontPage, I thought I was a bit ahead of the game. Still, I decided to look into a how-to book for dummies like myself.
Fortunately, I had also purchased the Dreamweaver bible. If you want to do more with your site than just pictures with text and tables... then this is a great book.
I found myself having to look at the Dreamweaver Bible to make my site better.
As for content presentation, I would have preferred if they include Cascade Style Sheets with the inital introduction to HTML. The flow would have been much better.
This book does a bad job covering <META> and Keywords.
So, yes, it's ok for the PLAIN basic of all basics. I recommend it merely for the fact that it introduces you Dreamweaver Menu Items and helps you get around the workspace. But it is not the only book you will need- unless you're just interested in creating a little site with little pictures of your little puppy. Even then, the authors do not cover on getting your website on search engines and finding it once it is up there.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Jonathan S. Harbour
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You'll have experience writting VB.NET apps when finished!


The fact that you are reading the details of a book titled "Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programming for the Absolute Beginner" means that this is the book you are looking for! The review saying this book is not for a beginner must have a Visual Basic .NET book of their own on Amazon!
IMPORTANT: Not all books claiming to be for "BEGINNERS" are what you think! Because VB.NET is a NEW language and not a new version of Visual Basic, even advanced VB programmers are "Beginners" to VB.NET. However, all the terminology and concepts are still the same, there are just new ways to write the code. If you are a true beginner and buy the wrong book, you'll be back on Amazon looking for a book on Visual Basic 6.0 so you can understand your book on Visual Basic.NET!
This book is for TRUE beginners with NO past experience with Visual Basic!
That said...
If you are like me and learn from "hands on" experience, this book is for you. I was on a mission to learn VB.NET and I had absolutely no experience with Visual Basic or Visual Studio. I spent $1000 for an ElementK subscription because they offered two separate eLearning courses on VB.NET that were created by Microsoft. After a full day of taking a course, all I had to show for it was 30 pages of notes that contained nothing but definitions and snippets of code. I never saw a single example of code that made up a complete application.
Frustrated, I decided to see if I could find a good ebook from Books24X7. Since there were over 50 of them on VB.NET, I had to play "Eenie-Meenie-Minie-Mo" on several occasions. Luckily I didn't have to pay each time I chose a book because all the ebooks seemed great until I realized after a couple chapters that I was supposed to have experience with Visual Basic or Visual Studio version 6.
Then I came across this ebook in the ElementK Resource section. I learned more about VB.NET in one hour than I did using Microsoft's training!
Each chapter ends by having you create a program using what you've learned. After a few chapters, you've subconsciously learned the same information and more through repetition rather than trying to memorize your way to VB.NET.
(So you don't get the wrong opinion about ElementK, only the VB.NET courses are made by Microsoft. All the others they offer are excellent)
Trust me! You can't go wrong with this book if you are a beginner. And if you have a background in VB, you an jump to Chapter 5 and start learning new information right away.
You won't just learn how to program with VB.NET, you'll have EXPERIENCE programming VB.NET applications.
I have never taken the time to write a review on ANYTHING! (And seeing how much effort it took to write this one, it will be the last! ha ha!) But, I know what it feels like to have a sea of books to choose from. It's like putting your all your money on "Hope This Is Useful" to win in the fifth! Not to mention that you don't won't know what they meant by "Beginner" until you open the book.
I wish someone pointed me to this book from the start, so I figure I might as well be a pointer for someone else.
Thanks for reading my lengthy review...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Degunking Windows
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Joli Ballew, Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Common sense cleanups


This is all pretty common sense stuff. The value is in the books completeness. If you follow all of the chapters you will have a lean and clean Windows machine.

The form of the book is step-by-step in nature with lots of screenshots (perhaps a few too many) to aid you. The chapters follow from the operating system through the software and into the hardware. Topics covered include uninstalling applications you don't use, organizing your files and Start Bar, killing spam, reducing your mailbox size, backing stuff up, doing a reasonably in-depth security sweep, and physically cleaning your system. Registry cleaning is covered for the brave of heart.

I think this is a must own for Windows users. It seems to me that people upgrade hardware to fix problems that are really just viruses or poorly maintained software. It's understandable because the Windows operating system is complex. But why drop hundreds or thousand on a new machine when you could buy a book like this and learn techniques that can bring the machine you already have back to life.