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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I love this book!


This book has become one of my standard desktop references, and something I've recommended to friends and students. It's a bargain!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too Many Topics


I thought the first third of the book offered both a nice intro to c# for people with programming experience, and as a reference for those who like the feel of paper. If you are in this demographic, by all means pick this up.
The last third of the book is what I paid for tho. The .net framework is a huge library, but Jesse has wisely chosen the least understood areas: threading, streams, and reflection, to really attack. I bought this book mainly because I wanted to get a nicely laid out hand holding on these technologies, and Jesse delivered.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Only a reference to Standard C++


Stroustrup's book is a nice reference to any intermediate or experienced C++ programmers. It brings you "back to the basics" with reference about Standard C++. Though, the "back to basics" descriptions are not meant for beginners, but it seems more meant for programmers to reflect the meanings of the C++ language and any tricks you have forgotten. Given the complexity of C++, this book is best suited for people who either know the language or people who need a "refresher" of the language. Though, given "real life" situations, this book may not give you "earth-shattering" abilities since API's are the core of functionality to any program nowadays and now must complement C++.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
System.out.println("This book is poorly written!");


The code that follows sums up my grief pretty well.
try { to compile examples after chapter 3 } catch(DoesNotCompileException dnce) { System.out.println("Crap! Always get stuck here!"); }