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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I must recommend this book


I have finally found a book that progresses at MY rate. I find that other "Teach Yourself" books usualy stick to basics for 50% of the book, and then dable on a couple of advanced features of VB. Hence you usualy can't use a "Teach Yourself" book as a reference guide, even if they do give you somewhat of a solid base in VB.
THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT!!! It explains concepts concisely, clearly and with interest (not dry). This means that many concepts can be conveyed in the shortest space of time. This also allows the reader to progress very quickly to in depth advanced features, which is great if you are already familiar with VB, or other languages.
Because of the in depth coverage of advanced VB features, the book is also a very good reference guide. Because the book is so cheap, it must be one of the best investments a person, or company, can have.
There are only a small number of drawbacks to the book. Most of these drawbacks occur due to the fact that that several books are combined into this book. This means that various writing and code styles appear which takes a little getting use to.
This is definitely one of the GOOD books!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Magnificent


This is the best programming book I have ever read in my life. Period.I was a PROLOG programmer before reading this, but then as I read the book I fell in love with Java and switched to Java.Don't even hesitate to buy it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's All About Adaptation !!!


Code Complete -- a book not about how to get it done, but more about what to adopt and why. The author, Steve McConnell, has compiled this book, out of the experiences of others as well as of himself, which talks about different tips which could be utilized during a software project.
A very informative book, with many practices, when exploited would result in the construction of a high quality product. What one would appreciate about the book is that, it is written from a perspective of a programmer, who has committed mistakes, not a hot shot guy, who `knows-it-all'. One also would value the last couple of chapters, which tell one how a programmer should adapt. Though this book has its boring bits, it is highly useful for a beginner or an expert.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
C++ for Dummies is quite biased.


Well, first off, I should say that this review won't apply to about 99% of the programming community because that 99% programs for Windows. (And boo to them...)
But, C++ for Dummies includes software only useable with Windows and pretty much all references to things are for Windows and Microsoft's Visual C++. Is there some sort of connection here? Did MS pay these guys?
Other than that, the book takes it slow and easy. I bought this mostly as a supplementary book because a previous purchase from elsewhere (Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours)proved to be too... Fast paced.
Ah, if only there were more Learn C++ using a Mac books. There are indeed specialized C++ on Mac books, like Programming Mac Games and books for things like Carbon and Cocoa (which coincide with C++, Java and Obj-C).
Oh, well... I'm not saying Mac programmers shouldn't buy this, but it certainly wasn't meant to cater to them!