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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 reference!

This was the very first C# book I bought. It is an excellant place to start if you have Java or Visual Basic.Net experience. What I liked most about the book was how Mr. Petzold does not treat you like a complete idiot and explain certain programming concepts that are universal(Inheritence, for example)all over again. Another great thing about the book is that Mr. Petzold does not use any wizards or visual tools to draw forms and controls. Everything is hand coded. About the only thing I disliked was that there was absolutely no coverage of ADO.Net. I shouldn't have been so suprised being that the book was a "Windows" book. Overall, the first 4 to 5 chapters are enought to get you going with C#. I definately recommend this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Hatch, James Lee, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hands down one of the best technology books I have ever read

Although I have only a few Linux stations to worry about, this book helps me sleep at night. For great security coverage of this hot operating system, this book is a good addition to your collection.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages was great

This was a very informative, organized and well written book. It left no questions concerning servlets and JSP unanswered. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in learning these skills.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA for Dummies, Second Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Quick review, not single study source

The book claims to be all you need to pass the CCNA exam. It is my experience that this is incorrect. The most it can be used for is an overview at the beginning of your studies. The book does not go into enough detail to cover half of what is on the test. The included CD is full of bugs and the emulation software it promises is only a demo and the real software must be purchased if you plan on using it to pass the test. I think there are better book on the market and don't suggest wasting the money.