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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome Book for ASP.NET

This is a must have book for people who wants to start learning ASP.NET. This book talks about each and every detail of what is asp.net, how to use it,what are the different controls..etc, in a clear concise manner,backed with hundreds of working code examples.(there also an online site,where one can refer to the code written in the book..anytime)
The author did a great job!!.Before buying this book, I read reviews and was not sure if all the good reviews about this book were true. So, I went to a near by book store to see its contents. I read a couple of chapters and loved it so much that I bought it immediately.
For people who are wondering I am a C#/vb.net pgmer, does this book help me?..Yes it does. All the examples in the book are written in both VB.NET and C#.
Therez only one thing that I was disappointed a bit. Now a days almost everyone uses VS.NET for .NET development and even though one knows ASP.NET, Learning to use VS.NET is an altogether a different Nightmare.
For this there is another book, ASP.NET KICKSTART..by the same author. I bought these two books and after that never had to buy any .NET book again!!!.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

This book is often compared with "The Mythincal Man-Month" by Brooks or "Peopleware" by DeMarko and Lister. While Brooks mostly emphasize that the term "man-month" can't be applied to software development, DeMarko and Lister focus to productive environment and jelled teams, Alistair Cockburn with the book "Agile Software Development" covers much wider area, including the choice of the right methodology, problems of individuals and aspects of communication.
The author has found the common denominator among all "agile" methodologies like Extreme Programming, SCRUM, Crystal Clear, Responsibility-Driven Design and Adaptive Software Development.
That common denominator is individuals and interactions over processes and tools; working software over comprehensive documentation; customer collaboration over contract negotiation; responding to change over following a plan. The book describes how to accomplish that, not only describing the problems and encouraging to put some attention into that, but gives some advices that can be found valuable.
The author recommends that each project should have its own methodology, that fit its best. The author have methodologies to recommend for large and very large projects as well.
I recommend "Extreme Programming" by Kent Beck and "Adaptive Software Development" by James A. Highsmith in addition to this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent introduction to COM.

COM is an incredbily complex technology, so difficult to comprehend that its concepts are only understood by a relative few. This book does everything possible to simplify and explain COM, step by step. While this book *may* not give you that real-world insight you might have hoped for, it gives you that ever-so-necessary first step. And in COM, the first step is EVERYTHING. Thank goodness this book exists, I have yet to find any book so well suited for introducing a programmer to COM.

Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Deserves every 5-star rating!

Man, this is one great book! Clark and Hamilton are just awesome! This book EASILY prepared me for the BCMSN exam, even though it's not a test prep book! It covers the technology so well that you will pass the exam because you know the content so well.
This book is easy to read. The authors mixed theory and experience in just the right amounts and threw in some humor as a bonus. I believe someone with a true command of the subject will be able to relay it to others in the simplest of terms. That's what this book accomplishes: it takes very detailed technical subjects and makes them understandable for everybody.
Great Job!