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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Much better than "Learn to Program w/ VB 6"!!


Coming from a C++ background, I was completely lost when I started out using the VB MOC "MCSD Training Kit". "Step-by-Step" filled in the gap nicely. You need no prior experience with VB to start using this book.
The layout of the book approaches excellence. I would summarize its design as "do first, then learn the details". This approach maps well with how humans learn best - thru mimicking first, then rational thought.
Each lesson in the book is self-contained and easy to follow. Lessons 1 thru 7 are "mandatory" after that, you could really just pick and choose what you want to learn about. The code examples in the book are just the right amount - not too little, not too much. The accompanying CD contains all the sources and supporting files the course material requires.
One or two of the lessons require Word and Excel. One lesson requires Outlook. A small beef is that the book did not mention that it had to be full blown Outlook and not Outlook Express.
While it not for the experienced VB programmer, it is invaluable for programmers new to VB. Overall, an excellent pre-MOC source to learn the basics of VB.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Server 2000 Stored Procedure & XML Programming, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Dejan Sunderic
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best information source


An informative and comprehensive book. A lot of realistic examples and suggestions that help to solve complex and everyday SQL problems quickly. I was able to make a database deployment process easier and faster using this book solution. One of the best book on the market for the SQL Server developers of all levels.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Systems Design: An Introduction to Processes, Tools and Techniques
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Arnold Berger, Arnold S. Berger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
On target - No pun intended


...The shortcoming, of textbooks of any programming nature, is the author not catering to his audience: They write as though the student already knows the subject... Dr. Berger assumes that you don't know the idiosyncrasis of this highly specialized subject. Of greatest asset to me, is Berger's explanation of complex issues in a casual, almost-conversational manner that makes understanding a breeze.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
very theoretical... needs more complex ejb-ql coverage


This book would be a good one for developers new to EJB. This book is very theoretical, if you are well versed with EJB 1.1 and bought this book with the vision of catching up on EJB 2.0, you'd be dissatisfied with the depth of coverage on the new features, you would also quickly realize that the coverage for any facet of the EJB architecture is for the rookies.
This is certainly not a technical reference book, I came upon this looking for the ejb-ql syntax for nested 'SELECT' statements, though this book has devoted many pages to ejb-ql, it covers only simple queries.
This book does not at all get into the differences in implementation in different EJB containers, so if the examples/syntaxes don't work, don't be surprised.
All in all, this is a good book for beginners, to get yourself out of the problems you are facing in your EJB project, you need a more specific and technical book for that particular platform. For WebLogic, I'll strongly suggest BEA WebLogic Server Bible by Joe Zuffoletto et. al.