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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Windows Graphics Programming: Win32 GDI and DirectDraw (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Feng Yuan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Excellent Coverage, Poorly Written


After spending several weeks going over the contents of this book, I do not recommend it to the beginning or intermediate readers. Feng Yuan insight into the Visual C++ environment is excellent; however, he does a very poor job with organizing and explaining the topic to the average reader.
I had a hard time following his technical jargon; it was no different than reading the MSDN help manual, which was really cut and dry. If it was his intent to write this book as a reference manual to demonstrate the features of GDI or for the advance developer (who probably doesn't need it to begin with), then he did a very good job. However, developers, like myself, who is just getting into GDI it just left me chasing the bandwagon.
The sample code had little or no comments; it was difficult trying to match his explanation to the code sample because he would write the explanation in its entirety and then provide the code sample at the end. Feng, if your reading this, please provide the code explanation in the context that it is being referenced. I had a hard time referring back to your code sample while following your explanations.
If you are a developer of C++, I recommend Kris Jamsa who does a very good job of organizing and structuring his books. If only Kris wrote a book on GDI, I would have opted for it than this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Just the Best VB Teacher


Why Did I review a book that is not ready to Sell? Because Mr. Balena is one of the best VB teaches and programmers around the word. I've been reading his articles in VBPJ magazine and they are excellent. I was at VBits'99 Chicago listening to Mr. Balena speak at different Workshops and I asked him if all this good stuff is include in the book and He said, in his Italian accent, " YES!", and the book is huge too (I did not realize it has 1,400 pages). Buy it. I already did. Why Did I give it 4 stars and not five? Because the publisher is Microsoft. :-) Gonzalo Medina



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellant Book


An outstanding book, discussing every aspect of programming that has impact on the final product. Skilled programmers have an underlying basis for most everything they do, and rarely does a book summarize this reasoned approach. While I didn't agree with every idea (using a single editor for code, documents, etc.) and some ideas could have been better flushed out (the discussion on blackboards and a workflow rules engine), the book is invaluable. Two other pluses - the ancedotes are great, and the humor is actually humorous.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good Book!


I have this book near my desk so i can access it faster, it is very useful, with examples and comments about ASP, nothing is perfect, but this book is almost, for a middle-weight ASP programer.