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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book!!!! Would recommend it to any one!!!!

I am a beginner tech trying to get my A+ certification and I just bought this book last weeek. Since I bought it I can hardly put it down and I haven't even begun to look at the great CD that comes with the book of practice tests. Only two things so far that I have noticed about the book; (1) the binary system is explained very well on how it works in the PC but the author doesn't go into any detail how you can work with the binary system, not that I have found as of yet anyways, and if you are a beginner tech like myself you could get very lost. I had to do searches on the web to find this info to give me explanations and teach me how to figure out binary numbers. (2) I have study the CPU Chapters and I did not find any information on the new Hyper-Threading technology that Intel has out now, I didn't find it in the index of the book or the glossary the CD includes. I would think that this is an important part since it is a newer technology, but not that new that the author couldn't include a section about it, and I would imagine that it may be on the Hareware exam. Besides those two things that I have found so far the book is really good. It includes a chapter reveiw test at the end of each chapter, gives you the history of each part of the PC, where it could go in the future, and even gives you tips of how you should use the book to past the test. I would recommend this book to anyone starting out or trying to bone-up as a tech.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great as an overview, an introduction to all aspects of HTML

If you are in search of an easy to read and usable book on HTML 4 then this is it. It is indeed very informative, written in language that is practical and easy to understand. If you need to do ANY web design at all, are a hobbyist and especially if you are a student like me BUY IT! I usually don't go in for the Visual Quickstart books as they are over simplified in their approach HOWEVER this text is clear concise and practical. The book does not lean toward Mac users nor PC but presents information on HOW the two big browsers (I.E. and Netscape) handle HTML 4. What browser supports what tag and or code etc. Great reference to have at your desk and learning the raw HTML really does give you more control over your design. In closing there are great sections on Cascading Style Sheets and Publishing on the web. The best out there so far for ages 10-100.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not perfect, but still Excellent

After wading through and returning around 8 VB books in the past couple months, it didn't take long to realize this one is quite a value! This book is a pleasure to read and explains nearly everything in detail. After reading only 100 of the 1,000 pages, I had already easily understood many things the other books confusingly presented. I like hands-on learning and this book fits the bill at every turn. Much of the hands-on stuff is cumulative, in that you start with a simple program and keep adding to it. This makes learning the interactivity of VB elements a lot easier. Best value I've seen.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Nice beginner book, but falls a bit flat

After reading Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step By Step, I was a bit excited at where Microsoft was moving with the Step By Step series. This particular book, however, sets me back a bit on my praise. First, I should start off by saying this is not a horrible book. If you truly are starting out with Visual Basic .NET, esp. if you have never learned an earlier version of Visual Basic, you can get a lot out of this book. The exercises are excellent, esp. if you are working with desktop apps, and will help you nail down the examples. Now, my real problem with this book is it treats Visual Basic .NET as a toy language. VB has long had this reputation since the IDE did all of the work for you. As all languages are now run in the same IDE, with the same tools, this argument should be moot. Why, then, did the author of this book choose such simplistic drivel when compared to the Visual C# .NET book? Unfortunately, I cannot answer that question. I rate this book as average despite the fact I am a bit disappointed. The reason for the rating is the book does its job. It is a book for beginners (or at least beginners to the language) who want an easy method to learn the new language. If you are an experienced Visual Basic programmer, the Code Techniques for Visual Basic .NET is a much better deal, but I can see that a newer developer can find a lot of value in this book. One warning. While the book does have some information on web applications and services, the primary focus is on building desktop apps. This is not a bad thing if you can separate the language from the implementation, as the concepts in the book are sound. If, however, you are looking for a book that moves farther into web development, you might be disappointed.