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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very technical book...

I do like this book because it is so technical. It goes into great detail about Visual C++ 6 and starts at the beginning assuming you know very little about the language. I did go out and buy Microsoft Visual C++ 6 (go to Ebay and save a lot of money) so I would be able to learn as I do, so that is something you may want to think about before buying this book. This book is large, so it's not for those who want to learn in a few nights. If you're looking for a good book on Visual C++ 6 then I'd highly suggest this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Need more, need more,...

I'll add to the plethora of 5 stars that everyone has given this book! Worth every penny!! The writing is amazingly lucid.
My only gripe? the book is too short! One has to buy More effective..." for the next volume. Keep 'em coming Scott!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn to Program with Java
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: John Smiley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Spectacular book for those with no experience

I was browsing through a bookstore several weeks ago, when I came upon this book in a bookstore. What caught my eye immediately was the cover that said 'no experience' required. That certainly fits me, as I'm a retiree with time on my hands who just wanted to learn how to program.
At the time, I didn't know Java from C++ or Visual Basic---what I learned was that aside from the book, I didn't need to buy anything---Java is free, you just download it from Sun Microsystems.
I started browsing through the book, when I noticed that the book was written in the form of a story. I'm a former electrical engineer, and I never saw any technical book written like this one. I was so turned off I started to put the book back on the shelf, but before I could, I opened it again. I'm not lying when I tell you that I did this at least three times before finally buying the book.
I took the book home, started reading it and before I put it down was halfway through it. I actually began to feel like I was in this classroom with Rhonda, Kathy and Dave (just to name a few). It was amazing how every dumb question I was about to ask Rhonda came up with---Smiley has an amazing knack for putting himself in the place of a novice reader and anticipating questions. Not only were my dumb questions asked (and then expertly answered), I didn't have to embarrass myself by doing this in front of a class full of 22 year old wonderkids who would smirk at the old guy in the class---I could learn in the privacy of my house.
I can't say enough about this book--I know some of the other reviewers have said they were turned off by the classroom dialog, or by the basic nature of the book--but if you are like me, a fairly intelligent person who knows nothing about computers and programming languages, this book is definitely the one for you.
By the end of the book, you won't be an expert--Smiley makes that clear--but you will be able to write a Java program.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide (Signature)
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Tim Bogenn, Rick Barba
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Some inaccuracies, especially where it counts

Odds are you are buying this guide to complete the game to its fullest. While it will certainly get you closer to completion a lot faster than just running around aimlessly, you should know that there are a lot of errors in it.

It will get you through the missions okay, but the maps leading you to collectible items are horrible. One map has the items marked half an inch to the left of where they actually are. On another the numbers do not match up to the corresponding screenshots AT ALL, and it's the one where you need the screenshots the most. There are numerous other incorrect pictures and descriptions. And the screenshots are tiny! They wasted a ton of space printing artwork from the game, but skimped on the useful stuff.

Also, in several places you can see that they had a slightly different version of the game to work from. Detail on the maps is terrible and does not always match what's on your screen.

If you are looking for a guide I would still recommend it simply because there is nothing else out there. Just don't expect this to get you to 100% completion.