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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
All that glitters is not gold...

This is a great book for beginners and intermediate developers alike. Examples are clear and concise. I started reading and had a hard time putting it down. Very complete on tables, querys, forms, reports and macros. Also has chapter on Visual Basic. You won't be sorry with this one, it's a great buy!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Wouldn't Recommend It

This book is not really for beginners. Actually, its for people who want to learn a couple uses for javascript fast. The format is setup in the following way: There is a brief introduction; several examples of javascript are given; the parts of these examples are then described in a brief comprehensible manner. I have some other Visual Quickstart books, and they were quite satisfactory- especially HTML For the World Wide Web. The formats of these books are similar if not exact. The only difference is that HTML For the World Wide Web gives you sufficient information to create your own webpages easily and fairly effectively. The fact that it takes an extremely large book to cover the majority of javascript may account for my distaste towards this book. Once again, if you want to learn the majority of javascript- and have lots of time- I'd recommend a book like the Javascript Bible.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
not a good book

I was extremely disappointed in this book. I do not recommend it to ANY ONE who is trying to learn C++. It is confusing, poorly written and extremely difficult to follow the authors thoughts and examples. If you have any desire to learn C++, please, purchase another book, just not this one!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Terrific book

I have always been a fan of the Deitel series and have read quite a few books - C, C++ and Java How 2 Program as well as H.M. Deitel's book on OPerating Systems. I have little doubts in recommending this book to anyone starting C++.
So much to say about this book, however I'll limit myself to a few points which I found salient:
This book does not keep referring to C, so you won't get bugged down. (In case you want to learn C, try 'C How to Program' by the same authors.)
This book has been written keeping the beginner in mind (beginner = someone new to programming). So, it contains good, solid, perfect, working code you can try out.
Each page is littered with observations on Good Programming Practices and Software Engineering. That helps in refinement of code, so you need not buy another book to find out how to code 'effectively'.
The exercise questions are elaborate and will keep the reader busy for hours on end. But all that's time that's spent usefully.
And this book does not leave out those who already know C++. It's as good as any book for an intermediate level programmer.
An excellent book. Buy this one, it's certain that this will be the last C++ book you'll need.