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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition
Publisher: SAS Publishing
Authors: Lora D. Delwiche, Susan J. Slaughter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good for beginners


This book is concise and has many of the key ideas that beginning SAS programmers need. It is a good reference even for advanced SAS programmers but does not go far beyond the basics. If you use SAS regularly this will not have enough information for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
WOW!!!


That one word pretty much covers it. This book has it all. It covers every single aspect of the C# language and then some - going into very good depth on COM interop, reflection, multi-threading, asynchronous eventing, etc. I really don't get the bozo who complained about the MSIL. Heck, the thing I didn't like about the first edition of this book was the lack of MSIL for a book entitled INSIDE C#!! This edition makes up for that however with absolute tons of advanced, internals and I couldn't be happier with the purchase!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wireless Home Networking for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Danny Briere, Pat Hurley, Walter Bruce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for dummies at all


Nothing distinquishes this book from other books I looked at. It's full of jargon that accumulates very quickly so that after two chapters you can't remember what you 'learned' at the beginning. Explanations are terse and leave you feeling stupid since you feel, of course, I should be understanding the book -after all its for dummies - but you don't. I fear the void of good material for home networkers is still to be filled.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great for users of all levels


I am always a bit skeptical when another computer book that is several inches thick is released. Surprisingly there is useful material throughout this volume. Walkenbach covers Excel programming from start to finish in a way that programmers of all levels will understand. He begins with a bit of Excel history and moves into simple VBA development and eventually covers various "advanced" topics such as pivot tables, charts and user forms. His writing is clear and there are plenty of examples throughout the book. He is even careful to point out version compatibility issues.
Experienced programmers will find most of the book skimmable. In about an hour you can pick up most of the VBA syntax and be on your way to developing simple applications. Some space is devoted to software development methodology, but not too much. Walkenback strikes a nice balance between giving new users the information they need to know and not straying off topic.