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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great learning tool

Being completely new to C# I was a little concerned with all the 5-star reviews touting this book as being so great for intermediate and advanced level programmers. However, I decided to take a chance on this book since it does come from Microsoft and was very happy with my decision! While this book does get a little too much into the esoterics of the compiler-generated IL code for my taste, at least the author only shows IL in order to illustrate why you would use a particular C# verb over another or how to code more efficiently in .NET. I especially like the fact that the each chapter begins by explaining the topic matter and why I should care about it and then progressively gets more advanced as the chapter moves along. All in all, the book is a great learning tool for both .NET and C# programming.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Step by Step, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael J. Young
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An easy introduction to XML for the uninitiated

Some experience with HTML might be mandatory. But, the examples are excellent and easy to follow. And the text is neither dry nor simple minded.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Game Programming for Teens
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Maneesh Sethi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Read this book to become an expert video game programmer!

This book is supposed to be for teens, but ANYONE, no experience or lots of it, can learn fast and become proficient at programming after reading this book. The author skillfully shows how Blitz Basic is a great language to start building a career or a hobby in the video game industry.
Lots of realistic examples and pictures make it very easy to learn the language and then immediately begin to apply it on your own. Starting with the fundamentals, Sethi goes on to show how to integrate functions, arrays, graphics, and even animation into your video game! I quickly mastered the language by reading the book. The CD-ROM that comes with it was an added benefit.
Best of all, Maneesh himself is a teenager so he really understands how to explain it to anyone. Fabulous book!
I am a parent and am going to buy this book for my kids and nephews / nieces to get them started!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not as Good at the First -- Examples Already on Web

I am not attempting to exaggerate to make a point when i say this book is thusfar not only the best book on ASP.NET but it is the best and most comprehensive book I've ever read on a web development topic (and I've read many from many different publishers on php, coldfusion, asp, SQL, etc...)
This book is just too too comprehensive. The author covers nearly every topic you can think of. And what really makes this book so good is that no time is wasted in long drawn out explanations. Out of all the 1500 pages, there is code and examples on each. This is the way to make a computer book since its not a iterary topic.
The book is like topic, examples; topic, examples, topic examples one after the other. The author explains just enough for the reader to understand the code which makes the book so useful and an efficient read.
I am an experienced web developer that wanted to get into ASP.NET. This was my first ASP.NET book. Since it, I've purchased and read 2 other asp.net books to see if I needed any more. After finishing this book, other books seriously look like jokes compared to this one. Looking at other asp.net books, they don't contain 1/15th of the information covered in this book and that is an understatement.
If you are pretty good at any web programming language this will be the ONLY book you need to learn ASP.NET. Only if you have no experience would I say that this may be too much for you.
Lastly, I wanted to thank the author. It is very rare to see an author dedicate so much of his time and knowledge to one book. A lot of people just want to get their books published. Any web developer or author will know that this book must've taken really long to complete. On top of it all, there arent many inconsistencies for a book this large.
Everything you care to know about ASP.NET is in this book (basics, ado.net, data binding, web services, xml issues, mobile issues, custom controls, graphics on the fly, validation,...more) plus an e-commerce and job site. The only thing missing that you may want is a little primer on VB.NET syntax.