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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Language Reference
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's a reference book

As usual with Microsoft's references, this is the same information that you can expect to find online and in the VB.Net help. That is a good thing for those that like to have a book to refer to while coding.
The information in this book is essential to experienced VB programmers because of the many language changes from prior VB versions.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Joy of Digital Photography (A Lark Photography Book)
Publisher: A Lark Photography Book
Authors: Jeff Wignall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beautiful Book!

I bought this book as a gift for someone but after perusing through I decided to keep it for myself! Some of the pictures are really stunning! It is actually fun to read-not a stodgy old how-to manual. The book is very inspiring, it makes one believe that you too could take pictures like the ones in this book, with a bit of practice. Now I just need to buy a digital camera and another copy of the book for my brother!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Network+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Media Syngress
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I can't say enough good stuff about this book. It's clear,concise, and extremely well written. Typos are rare, it's easy to read, and the Exam Watch, 2 Minute Drill, and On The Job side bars quickly reinforce and further clarify covered concepts. Once I started in on this book I was amazed at how easy it is to flow right through the material. The included prep software is awesome too, you can pull up text from the book right in the middle of a practice test to bone up on what you missed while it's still fresh. All in all, extremely well worth the money ;)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Telecom Crash Course
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: Steven Shepard, Steven Shepard
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
entertaining but lightweight

The author of Telecom Crash Course, Stephen Shepard, is one of the most interesting, knowledgeable writers in the field today.Drawing upon nearly three decades of personal experience and research, he manages to turn what could be a dreadfully dull subject into a scintillating story of science, history and data communicaion hardware.
The content is up-to-date and well organized, the illustrations very appropriate and the index very thorough. Personally, however, I find Mr. Shepherd's sense of humor in the face of such weighty topics to be the best part of my reading experience.
Who else could work Vinton Cerf and Douglas Adams into the same narrative?
Mr. Shepherd uses ingenious metaphors to clarify difficult concepts, as he does in the excerpt below regarding conflicting world standards.
"Many countries play football, for example, but the rules are all slightly different. In the United States, players are required to weigh more than a car, yet be able to run faster than one. In Australian Rules football, the game is declared forfeit if it fails to produce at least one body part amputaion on the field...They are both football, however.In data communications, the problem is similar; there are many protocols out there that accomplish the same thing."
Mr. Shepherd manages to infuse what could be a terribly dry catalog of facts with cheerful, sometimes almost whimsical language that keeps the reader's interest throughout the most convoluted jungle of acronyms, jargon and obscure technical terminology.
I found the information in this text to be clear, logical and very helpful in leading me to a better understanding of the highly important field of 21st century telecommunications.
Buy this book, you won't regret it.
Kenneth WadeAssociate ProfessorChamplain College