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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Server Controls and Components
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Nikhil/Datye, V. Kothari, Nikhil Kothari, Vandana Datye
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
terrific! best on the subject

If you need to write custom controls that are not just demonstrations or toys, this is the best book on the subject on the market. The authors tackle all the advanced topics in language that is clear and easy to understand, and they provide lots of example code to go with it.
This book is highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Foundations of Python Network Programming (Foundations)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: John Goerzen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
easy network programming

In any computer language, network programming can be a miserable task. Witness the classic BSD and System V sockets and their usages under unix of the 1980s. Very powerful, yes. But equivalent to writing in assembly. Which brings us to one of the major attractions of a recent language like Python.

If you learn best by example, then Goerzen may have done you a big favour. In some 175 example programs, he shows many ways to reach out across a network with Python. The book is not heavy on any abstruse theory or model. No talk of patterns or refactoring. But in fact, you can choose to regard some of the programs as equivalent to patterns of network usage under the language. Each chapter gives nontrivial code. You can see how Python comes with many routines that subsume grotty low level network details. Reduces the level of complexity that you have to deal with, and so improves your productivity with Python.

The book's blurb says Python is replacing Perl. Really? That should be taken with several grains of salt. I'll leave it to other reviewers to take up this point.

The only problem I have is with one aspect of Python. Not the author's fault, of course. But statements do not have to be terminated with a semicolon?! Crikey. C, C++, Pascal, Java and C# all enforce a semicolon. Not doing so takes us back to Fortran. Yeah, I know, once you get into coding Python, you get used to this. Purely a stylistic gripe. But still...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
best compiler introduction

I have read two books on compiler and this one certainly is better. It's not an easy book but its not too difficult either. Book is well compiled and information is well organized. Examples are mostly in C language so 'C' is the pre-requisite for this but that's it. I don't think you need any additional help to digest this book. After reading this one, you can make a fully functional compiler of you own.

Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I really enjoyed this book

Easy to read (not dry) and covers the topic very well. I've recommended it to several engineers who say the same. It's a must read if you want a solid understanding of TCP/IP routing protocols. I really look forward to Vol II.