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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-284): Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ian McLean, Will Willis, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This is a great book

Although I've been looking for an exchange 2003 book for a while, this one fits well for exam and reference! The authors did a great job! Hats off.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Waste of Money

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn Javascript. The authors take a step by step guide in teaching you Javascript. They don't assume anything. It teaches you as if you never heard of Javascript. Every page gives you examples to follow and that you can use later as references once you learned how to build your own script. Like the book says it uses picture examples instead of long word explanations that can put you to sleep. If you wanna learn Javascript pick up this book. I guarantee results!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This wasn't the book for me

Here is the deal, the authors of this book really went trough a lot of trouble to write this book. They covered a lot of stufs but I don't think that it was the book for me and for the following reasons may not be the book for you:* One and a very important one for me, this book assumes that you got a computer in front of you when you are reading. I am a college student and like to bring my books to school for when I got some free time. There are a lot of pictures but none realeated to what a diolog would look like on the computer.* two, This book is for those that don't know jack of visual basic 6, if you know even a bit then you will feel frustrated because it doesn't even teach you how to open a new window. Like you used to do using visual basic 6 with the show method. If you know object oriented programing you know that you need an instance of the form you want yo load on your current form to open it. You get to figure out how to open a window when you get to the chapter of multiple windows interface. Yes there is no freeking example that open a new window in the entire book. It also doesn't teach how to do an control array and in my opinion it covers the event hadeling very badly. * Three, you need a lot of patient to read this book. I am used to read a book in three weeks or so maybe a month. There is no way you can read this book in less than four months, and you need to put a lot of effort because there are a lot of really long examples to go through.* four, the book is useless as a reference for two reasons. the first one is that they go building on knowlege, so generally you need to read the previous section before you move to the next, there is a chess game interface that is developed through at least three whole champers. The second reason this book is useless as a reference and also really annoying to read is that it doenst show you in a couple of lines what is new but they mix it up in an example that is at least four pages long and then they tell you in line 320 what the program does is. so you got to be going back and forth from the paragraph that explains what is happening to the exaple that comes before.you need serious comitment to study if you plan to get this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Data Compression, Second Edition
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Khalid Sayood
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Could benefit by including example code

This textbook is fairly comprehensive on the various compression algorithms, and the theory behind them. However, a CD with included sample code and the "example" pictures mentioned in the text would have helped tremendously in conveying the material. As it is, the text tries to explain the algorithms using math with no sample code whatsoever.