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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very engaging and thorough text


This book is excellent in leading the reader through new concepts in a conversational direction, including the missteps that you are likely to make while learning this technology.
It does have a C# focus and is assuming that the reader is coming from a C++ background, but even if you are coming from other technologies (such as VB), you will find much wealth of information.
I was most impressed with the walkthroughs on resource localization, and if you are interested in low-level graphics, you will find much to study.
Highly recommended book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Designer's Reference : An Integrated Approach to Web Design with XHTML and CSS
Publisher: A-Press
Authors: Craig Grannell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Could be a classic?


Now this is the way a computer book should be written - short, clear, to the point, great examples, real world work arounds, firm opinions on standards and most importantly, real solutions to problems a web designer will face integrating Xhtml and Css. I'm new to the web development world and I want to build a website now, but I want to do it right observing standards that will be in effect for the future. I don't have the time or the energy to wade through a telephone sized tome that spends a 150 pages explaning the beauty of CSS, nor do I have the patience (or the backround) for the so called definitive guides that seem to be talking to the "club". Yes, I've bought them all, and I can safely say that if you are in a similar place as me (you want to build a website now), than buy this book. Thanks Craig! Oh, by the way, your other book on Dreamweaver MX2004 is just as good.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Companion
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Bill English, Walter J. Glenn
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Waste of time for an Exchange Administrator


If you are an Exchange Administrator who wants to upgrade his support skills to Exchange 2003 this book is too basic. Case in point, Chapter 10 Monitoring Exchange Server 2003. "... Windows Server 2003 records many events in its own event logs."... "Windows maintains three distinct logs" (Application, Security, and System) "You will encounter five types of events in the three logs, and a unique icon identifies each event type so that you can easily disntiguish between the information entries and the error entries"

Aften times you find the author explaining the screen print of a properties page that is right below the text you are reading. News flash we see the picture, don't tell us what tabs there are and what buttons there are, tell us what they do, and when should we use them.

The font is nice and big, and the book makes a good book end for other more useful texts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book rocks! Thoughtful Instructor.


Gotta give it up for this introduction to ASP: Five stars! A sober, clever, and clear explanation of the ASP object model; very non-partisan. Excellent background material on the http protocol, specifically on how requests are made by the client and processed by the server (with printouts of the transactions themselves from the TCP/IP packets). Enabled me to feel like I was getting a "ground level" view of the process and to understand how ASP builds on these technical foundations. Excellent work; excellent research. (Footnote: I also appreciated the "enlightened" use of she/he throughout the examples -- very pleasant; no disconnects.)