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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Anne Prince
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful resource for VB.NET beginners


If you are new to Visual Basic .NET this is a wonderful book to start with. It is also a great book to keep handy on your bookshelf as a reference when you begin developing .NET applications. The book is thorough with screen shots, clean coding techniques, and useful examples. Language essentials are covered well along with the basics of Object Oriented Programming. The book includes a full chapter on XML along with several chapters for database devlopers. If you are a web developer you will find the final two chapters on web forms and web services resourceful.
If you are a fluent programmer of traditional Visual Basic the book will act as a great resource to quickly learn the differences of VB 6.0 and VB.NET.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
one of the funniest books I've read in ages


Cooper explains that he hates VB; it was meant to be a makeshift until someone could do the job right, but no one ever did- they used the kludge instead! He procedes to skewer most of modern-day software design, quite deservedly in my opinion. I spend a certain amount of my time telling my students that "In Excel, the format category Accounting refers to currency symbols, and the format category Currency refers to accounting conventions," and "The phrase Range_Lookup means 'do you want an exact match?' and if the answer is Yes, you have to type in FALSE." So I am quite alert to how little attention programmers pay to the end users of software. I wish all programmers would read this book! For the rest of us- the end users, the teachers, the people who have to mediate between computers and the not-yet-computer-literate, this book is a great way to at least laugh about it, and to reassure yourselves that it's NOT YOUR FAULT that software seems so illogical!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Oracle SQL very less PL/SQL


This is a good reference for Oracle SQL. Although PL/SQL portion is very less with few examples. As an experienced Oracle developer, I won't recommend it anyone looking for PL/SQL reference. Go for Scott Urman or Steve Feuerstein rather.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What a quick reference should be


It's concise, it's well-organized, it's small, and it just plain looks good.
Combined with "The Quick Python Book", you've got all you need in the way of Python documentation, and nary an O'Reilly title in sight.