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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
ADO.NET part in this book is confusing.

I've read both this book and wrox's PROFESSIONAL VISUAL BASIC.NET. I found that wrox's book is much clearer than this book. This book just gives you some programming codes without clearly telling you why and no comparasion to each approches.
I'd say I don't like this book. It's so dry and hard to read. I prefer wrox book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Bentley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great mental warm-up

With tight schedules it is often easy to forget to ask the question "Why do you want this?" If you help other coders solve problems like I do, you are often approached with a solution that "needs to go faster." This book has paid for itself with just the fact it reminds me to ask this question.

If you are a very experienced programmer you probably won't find much new, but you might find lending it to other people allows you to get more done. Teach a person to fish...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not as bad as others make it out to be. Definitely a classic

Dense? Yes. That's what Electromagnetism is. Jackson does a wonderful advanced treatment of Electrodynamics, that unfortunatly fails in its treatment of specifics. Jackson makes an excellent reference guide, but keep your copies of Griffiths handy!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book on programming language paradigms!

This is a wonderful text that introduces the reader to the theoretical side of computer programs. It explores the functional, imperative, logical, and other timeless paradigms in a well-presented manner. The book uses Scheme as it implementation language.
I think that some of the negative reviewers missed the point of the book. The point is to understand the theorical under-pinnings of programming language paradigms. I believe that some of the negative reviewers felt that the book was trying to push Scheme as a language of choice for programming on the job. This is not the case, but rather the authors choose Scheme because it is easy to learn and can readily be used to exemplify the major programming language paradigms. I feel sorry for those who missed the point of the book, for they have misunderstood a true gem.