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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Getz, Paul Litwin, Andy Baron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Access Cookbook - "The Recipe For Success!"

This book rates at the very top of my lenghty list, as the finest Microsoft Access book on the market!
The information is well written and easy to understand yet not over-simplified to the point of losing usefulness.
I am a year and a half into developing an ACCESS Multi-user Database for Flight Simulations and Management. Access Cookbook was put to use the first day. I implemented the "Mail Program" from chapter 10 and everyone loves it. I also found some solutions that had been very elusive. I can now monitor who is currently logged into my database and then use the "Mail Program" to send them messages in real time.
I can NOT say enough good things about this book - if you use Access, you NEED this book! My hats off to the authors!
Sincerely,William A. Dobisky

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Cristian Darie, Mihai Bucica
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Got a fish and learned how to fish

Before I buy a program book, I always to read the book to see if it meets my two basic requirements: one is writing style. It should be written in clear and plain English and well organized. The another is more, clear explanation of "How it works", not only just put all the codes and without or with only little bit explanation. Cristian Darie's books always are one of my top choices. I recommend that you read CHAPTER 8, The Shopping Basket and CHAPTER 11, Customer Details. It lists all methods, dig more detail and offer "Do it yourself". Finally, you Got a Fish and Learned How to Fish!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Microsoft Windows Driver Model, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Oney
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for beginners

Having read this book half way, I believe it is intended for experienced developers instead of for beginners in device programming. Rather than offering a structural and formal introduction to the subject, it stresses on tricks and hints on selected topics like synchronization, pnp, read/write, etc.
I now go for the DDK documentation for a more fundamental treatment. It cleared up instantly some of the questions built up as I read through the first five chapters of the book, like how a user mode application calls up the kernal mode driver. Nevertheless the author does give an authoritative insight in WDM programming. Incidentally, it is a matter of taste whether you like his informal writing style.
As a beginner at the moment, I rated this book three stars. I might rate it differently when I returned to the book later.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Dan Shafer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful reference

Less than a week after I received my copy, I was able to design and develop a website completely using CSS for positioning. If you work through the examples as you go, you'll pick up the technique in no time. It is especially useful if you download the code archive referenced in the book. I've tried several CSS references and this is the only one that left me able to use CSS for positioning.