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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Detailed, Complete, Accurate

This book is by no means a beginner's guide to VB 6. There are very many books that will get you going on the subject. If, however, you have graduated to the "Advanced Club" and are faced with a major project - and deadline - you will need a handy, desk reference that you can refer to time and again. A desk reference that will contain examples that apply to real-world situations, not "How to draw flags" type examples. And it really doesn't matter what the problem is, it could be something as obscure as syncing underlying data, or something as universal as optimising ADO access, you will find it all here. Not only is it here, it's arranged in an extremely logical and clear fashion that it's easy to quickly find the example you are looking for. As a major added bonus, there is Francesco's web site where you can post questions that may not have been addressed in the book. Although I doubt that it will come to that. Like any book, Francesco's has it's limitations, so don't expect cutting-edge Web development stuff, to do with VB 6 COM, ASP, and all that. However, even some of those subject are touched on so that you can get a head's up. IIS, DHTML, and more.
My feeling is after having completed two major projects with VB6 in which I utilised every aspect of the language, plus reaching into shareware, I couldn't fault this book. It paved the way for me on many a dark day when I was struggling with complex and at times obscure code.
It's a first class piece of work, by a man that truly knows his trade, and is proud of knowledge to an extent that he delivers it with style, elegance, and accuracy unmatched anywhere.
Bravo Francesco. And thank you for a wonderful book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best I have Seen - so far

This is a great Excel VBA reference book. Very thorough. The only Excel reference I use. Simple to understand yet has complex projects in small doses, so it doesn't fall into the traps Wrox books sometimes do: "The next 400 lines of code is a Hello World program." Hello! Get a grip. Even complex ideas can be explained simply. This book is proof.
- Jim Stiene...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Seth Godin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Where are the minus stars ratings?

I would give this book minus stars if I could. I was forced to read this by a former employer (don't ask)...and it was waste of time that would have been much better spent reading something like Designing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen.
This book is filled with stuff that would only be a revelation to PHBs or dippy marketing people. Seth is such a snake-oil salesman that I don't even know where to begin. If you are someone who actually works on a website's usability, don't waste your time and money on this, spend it on people who have been in the software usability biz for years (Jakob Nielsen), not some johnny-come-lately huckster with no discernible credentials.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent reference

Jackson is a classic for a reason. It's one of the most useful reference books I have in the lab.