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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Confusing, poor examples

This book was a major disappointment for me. I have found the Microsoft Press Series like Microsoft Asp.net Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic.net Step by Step to be both easier to understand and more comprehensive.
I just found the book to be utterly confusing. The examples are childish and have no real world bearing.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Bible with CD-ROM
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Paul Nielsen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great book, poor index

This is a great book. It's throughout and easy to read. Every time I've turned to it, it has the information I need.
Unfortunately, it is plagued by a poor index. Even the most basic SQL is missing from the index. For example, if you are interested in the TOP clause, you won't find it between "tools, developer" and "torn-page detection". Instead you need to look under "Select statement, rows, return few (top keyword)".
With a better index, this book would be more than a great learning tool, but a great reference tool too.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

This book is inexpensive because it's not really much use to anyone that has any experience. The sample layouts are not very attractive and thereby not too useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in the Key of C#
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
disappointed with the book

I found a number of mistakes, both in code, and in printing. The book is absolutely for novices. I breezed through the entire 41 chapters of the book in just one weekend. And yet it lacks many details, even those which I consider basic, and should have been covered. I really think, with all due respect to the author, that he bombed it this time. Nothing is treated in completeness. The material the book provides can easily be had for free from a number of tutorials on the internet, if you type c# tutorial in google. I just liked the first four paragraphs of the first chapter, because they show my sentiments of being a programmer.