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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Very theoretical in nature with no practice exercises


This book is one long essay. It goes over the head for moderately competent VB programmers.This book suffers from a total absence of practice examples. Although it is comprehensive in style and offers great tips, it glosses over fundamental issues such as creation of menus. I had communicated with the author. His advice to master VB was practice and practice. Advice that his book ignores completely. I had the computer on while reading this book and never once had an opportunity to use the computer.I returned the book after just 5 chapters and got my money back.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book !


This book covers many aspects of Java (upto Servlets). Very clear and crisp explanations without much of meaningless talk.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you write code read this book


Every programmer should read this book. If you have inexperienced programmers on your staff have them read this book. Then talk to them about some of the concepts in this book. Its amazing to talk to programmers who just don't get it. Why should I comment my code when it will just make me easier to replace? Why should I keep it simple, I can handle pointer arithmetic. Why does my code have to follow these guidelines? Hopefully after reading this book they will see the light. Even if they don't if you follow up with them at least you will know what you are getting into by keeping them on staff. I read a complaint about the code being in pascal and that it was out of date. That comment misses the point entirely. If we spend to much time looking through a microscope at the particuly current technology and only viewing our own sections of code we tend to lose track of the big picture. Good commenting and formating details may vary with languages and over time but the general principles outlined in the book will help you across languages long into the future.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Systems Programming: Communication, Concurrency and Threads, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Kay Robbins, Steve Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome


This is one of the best reference books for UNIX programming I have ever seen. If you plan to write any kind of a distributed or parallel program for UNIX platform this book is a must have. You will find everything you'll ever need for threads, tcp/ip and rpc programming with code pieces that explain syntax and could often be used within your program letter for letter. Just awesome!