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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Math Into LaTeX
Publisher: Birkhauser
Authors: George Gr├Ątzer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Samples are just what I need

Sometimes when I tex I just need some examples where I can see the outcome and the tex commands that produced them. This book has plenty such things, and therefore very helpful in that respect. When it comes to computer related stuff, I guess I learn best by looking at what's been done and modifying them to produce what I want. If you're that way too, this book would be very helpful.
It also has some helpful suggestions for texing so that trouble shooting would be easier later on.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Over rated

I read this book about five years ago from cover to cover, omitting a couple of the extended examples. Honestly, it did not make me significantly better at designing programs or analyzing requirements. It's been said there's no silver bullet for designing programs, but considering this book's wide reputation it ought to be helpful. And I don't think it helped me except I guess in a subtle slight deepbackground way. Certainly there are things in the book that are worth knowing but this is not the best place to get them from, imho.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great for reference

I've been away from vb for about six months and wanted to find a book to brush up on the subject. This was excellent for that purpose. The only problem I had was that the editing is a little weak. For instance, a variable will be declared but used with a different name in the subsequent code - things like that. If you think there is an obvious mistake, just quit dwelling on it and push on. There are numerous small mistakes that will drive you crazy if you are a perfectionist. If you can live with imperfection :), you will benefit from this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent information, a bit heavy around the waist

This book is a terrific introduction to C# and the Windows Forms section of .NET.
Petzold's approach is great on many levels. He codes all his controls and forms by hand, so you know what the underlying code behind the Visual Studio GUI editor does (and does this without deriding the GUI editor one bit!). For the most part, you learn C# and Windows Forms concurrently - there are a few sections where he presents material in what I would call a confusing order, however.
The weakest part of this book is its size. There is a lot of source code, which is good, and Petzold's explanations of new features are thorough, which is good too. But a large portion of the text is consumed by anecdotes and protracted explanations of simple features.
On the one hand, he assumes the readers are familiar with some sort of object-oriented programming (although you need not be an expert). But on the other hand, several concepts are explained so exhaustively (transforms, fonts, some graphics) that I found myself skipping page after page because I already understood the topic and was ready to move on.
I still highly recommend this book. I just wish they had cut the size down and made it a paperback!