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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Stay away from this one


Unless you are going to write a C++ compiler this is not the book for you. I have 20 years experience programming including Java and C and by the time I was half way through the book I could bearly understand him. Clearly there are better choices.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ethereal Packet Sniffing
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Angela D. Orebaugh, Gilbert Ramirez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well worth the money and time spent


If you are a sys admin using Ethereal (or really any sniffer for that matter) to monitor your network, you definitely should pick up a copy of this book. I've been using Ethereal since some of the very early versions and still learned a great deal from this book. The value of this book is that it not only shows you how to install and use Ethereal, but maybe more importantly it teaches you how to make use of all the data. An earlier review criticiszed the book for showing some screen shots that don't reflect the most recent version. While this is true, anyone who works with Ethereal is familiar with the frequent (sometimes monthly) version updates. That's part of the appeal of open source software. You don't have to wait 2 years for Micro$oft to make something better. So read the book, make sure you check the Web site for updates frequently and you'll be fine.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very comprehensive, detailed. Great example code.


If you're ready to get going with ASP.Net, this is the book you want to buy! Face it, there's a ton of information to get up to speed on and yet you can't spend every hour of every day reading .Net books (or can you?). You have to choose and hopefully choose effectively. I was in the middle of a couple of other ASP.Net books but once I started reading this one, those books just didn't seem to have the same attraction. It reads like a Grisham novel for .Net mavens, you can't put it down!
What I really like about it is that it gets down to the minutest details that many other books just skip right over. ASP.Net is a radical overhaul of the platform and there are just so many details to know. This book points them out with clear, simple and understandable examples; yet you don't feel like your time is being wasted. That's often been my frustration with many books. Out of the blue I'll read things in the code that's there's been no explanation for;
sometimes key facts aren't even given an explanation. I'm unsure why this happens; perhaps the authors are limited to a certain number of pages or perhaps they're just not paying attention. This does not happen in "Unleashed." You're carefully brought along, detail by detail. Each example stands on it's own, addresses one particular point.
Seemingly minor yet important facts like "One significant limitation of ASP.Net pages is that they can contain only one <form Runat="Server"> tag" are mentioned. The author doesn't assume you don't care about these simple details. This book is chock full of such particulars. On the other hand, the book spends chapters exploring such advanced topics as GDI+ and web services.
This book is well worth spending your time and money for. And, for all my friends reading this: No, you can't borrow it, get your own!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DBA Survival Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Mark Spenik, Orryn Sledge
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Good book


Given that bol or other documentation doesn't provide that much of a structured approach to manage your data within the sqlserver environment, this one is clearly a good companion...