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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Check OReilly First

Petzold's Programming Windows was the bible of VC++ development, but doesn't compare the condensed detailed information you'll find in OReilly books. Microsoft Press books are always full of fluff. As a rule of thumb look at OReilly first before buying anything from Microsoft Press.
I don't work for OReilly. I have been a unix programmer for 15 years and a Microsoft programmer for about 3. The OReilly books are far superior in quality.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cute but Powerful Little Reference Guide

When you need that creative spark, this book is enough to get those synapses firing. Good design is good design... whether you are trying to come up with a good layout for a small black and white ad in the paper or an annual report, the hundreds of designs break the rectangular barriers in your head and get you thinking in different design modes.
The Web design section is a little dated in that the designs were limited by the technology available at the time the screenshots were made, but a Web designer today can borrow the clever designs for the newsletters and brochures and transfer those ideas to the Web.
No designer should be without this on their reference shelf.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Getting 'under the skin' of the language

I've read a bunch of Java books, but none of them has provided the insights of Bruce Eckel's book. The author treats his subject not merely as another programming language, but as a philosophy. In addition to explaining why, not just how, things are done the way they are, he provides interesting parallels to C/C++. Complicated concepts are explained very clearly - at least I managed to grasp them quickly, after struggling to figure out what other authors had written. ...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Documents with BusinessObjects
Publisher: Schmidt Ink, Inc.
Authors: Robert D. Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful, Practical, and Detailed

This is the manual that beginners are looking for to actually walk them through the process of selecting and working with Business Object Universes, Documents and Reports. It is simply written, clear, concise, inclusive and best of all actually useful when sitting down at the terminal to use Business Objects. If anything I would like to see this in Hardcover (because this is a book that will get use over and over) and that they come out with a Designer's version in the same format.