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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Dan Newland
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Think before you waste your money!

OS section did a good job covering Windows 2000/NT/98/95 and DOS. The hardware section was lengthy, but studying it alone would not allow you to pass the hardware module of the adaptive A+ certification test. I passed, not because of this book, but experience.
There were several gaps left unfilled between the actual test and this book. For instance, I was asked a question on the difference between ATA/66 and ATA/33. Neither cable is mentioned in this book. Another question delt with the difference between an AT mobo and an ATX. After looking back in this book, the answer was not there. There are several other examples like this. My advice...look elsewhere, especially at this price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Access 2000 Development
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alison Balter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The absolute best!

I'm a certified Access Developer and just read Alison's book cover to cover. I own 12 MS Access books and while I like Ken Getz' book for in-depth coverage of difficult topics, this book is by far my favorite. The flow of subject matter from one topic to the next is so smooth it's actually enjoyable to read. Concepts are layered perfectly throughout the entire book. This would be a great classroom instruction book even for those with little experience. I look forward to more books by my new favorite technical author.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Book

This book tells you the nuts and bolts of secure programming in great detail and explained real well.
I especially enjoy the anecdotes, the authors obviously know their stuff and have plenty of experience!
This book covers real-world-apps and how to build them based on threats and common security coding mistakes.
It's a great book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginner's Guide to DarkBASIC Game Programming
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Jonathan S. Harbour, Joshua R. Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
not for those into 3D

This book is GREAT for the very beginner, but if you want to make good 3D games, do not buy this book. it barely touches on terrains and collisions. there is only one chapter on 3D games, and it is not thorough. the majority of the book is dedicated to 2D and basic "hello world" style programs. if you want to make 3D games, visit the DarkBASIC forums and skip this book.