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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
happily got exactly what I paid for

I thought the first third of the book offered both a nice intro to c# for people with programming experience, and as a reference for those who like the feel of paper. If you are in this demographic, by all means pick this up.
The last third of the book is what I paid for tho. The .net framework is a huge library, but Jesse has wisely chosen the least understood areas: threading, streams, and reflection, to really attack. I bought this book mainly because I wanted to get a nicely laid out hand holding on these technologies, and Jesse delivered.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book with hands-on examples!!

I would give this book only one star, but because it did do a good job of explaining the SQL language, I'm going to give it two. Not once in this book did they explain MySQL, which is the most popular database used today. Also, the book did cover ASP a little, but no PHP. How can you have a book about SQL and not cover the topics of PHP and MySQL, even if for a brief moment. However, they did cover Microsoft SQL Server, a commercial database server which most people will never have to interact with, and of all things, Microsoft Query. I didn't even know Microsoft still did this. They also covered Oracle, another important DBMS, but again people, Oracle is something only encountered in a commercial world. It is a great system, but most of us will not have to worry about it. And finally, the title totally throws the readers off. It is impossible to learn SQL in ten minutes. Besides the fact that most people can't read an entire book in ten minutes, it's impossible to comprehend all the material the book gives you in ten minutes. But anyway, if you're looking to get some information on how to use SQL with MySQL, or if you plan to use PHP to connect to your database, DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! It will not help you at all.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I had forgotten how much I liked programming!

Not another book from the Deitels. Just when I thought I can sit back and relax after their assaults on C, C++, Java, VB etc., here comes another book from the Deitel stable.
Not much else to say about this book other than that it teaches you C# like nothing else can...
All C# topics are covered in a wonderfully accessible manner. Thoroughly well written. Impressive style. Great read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the bash Shell, 3rd Edition (Nutshell Handbooks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cameron Newham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Shell script book

The best book I have ever read on the subject.
The only think I could think to complain about is that
sometimes it was a little hard to follow.
I still give five stars, because the teaching style is great.
a little history, some basic commands, and into shell programing. When you finish the book you will know a lot about how the shell works, Job control and so on.
Also great for linux newbies, But I recamend reading sam`s teach yourself unix in 24 hours first, you will get a good basic understanding of the command line.