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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional C# (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Simon Robinson, Christian Nagel, Karli Watson, Jay Glynn, Morgan Skinner, Bill Evjen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book


I am an experienced C/C++ programmer, and I'm moderately familiar with writing windows applications in Visual C++ 6.0, having developed a few simple dialog-based apps in the past. Given this background, Professional C# is an excellent introduction to using the .NET framework and developing windows applications in C#. Unlike some other C# books, it doesn't waste much time with the very basics of programming, it gets right to the point and covers the C# language itself with a good balance of detail and speed, offering useful comparisons between C# and other languages such as VB and C++. That said, I wouldn't recommend this book for beginning programmers.

I originally thought that C# was "just a new type of C++", but once you try to learn the fundamentals of C# you realize that C# by itself is actually a just small part of the learning process. Rather, C# is intimately tied to microsoft's .NET framework, and learning the overall concepts of .NET is the real challenge. This book covers a LOT of material since C# and .NET encompass a surprisingly large set of concepts. Overall, I am somewhat amazed and very impressed at how much detailed and well-written information is crammed into this book.

A huge weakness of this book is the incredible number of errors, which range from simple typos, to repeated words, to more serious omissions and coding errors. Don't take my word for it -- if you look at the errata page on the Wrox Press website, there are currently 200 publisher-confirmed clarifications and errors listed for this book! (This number is probably an underestimate, IMO.) It also took me by surprise that the appendices are not included in the book, but are available as PDFs on the website. At first I thought the missing appendices were the biggest error yet, but apparently this was done on purpose. This becomes even more confusing because this results in ~200 skipped pages in the book, it jumps from page 1135 to 1307, and yet there are many index items that point to pages in that range (these are italicized). Overall, the missing pages cheapen the book and seem more like a publishing blunder rather than something that was planned from the start.

Apparently this book is available in downloadable form for ~$30 (?) as a PDF, I wonder if some/all of the errors have been corrected and the appendices are included in the electronic version.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Modeler's Workbench: Tools and Techniques for Analysis and Design
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Steve Hoberman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, got me going quick


This is a wonderful book. I just purchased it on a whim. When I got it I found that the step-by-step approach and the various templates were invaluable in helping me plan my data-modeling project and rallying others around the plan of action.
Much recommended to anyone doing data-modeling.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Vba and Macros for Microsoft Excel (Business Solutions)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Bill Jelen, Tracy Syrstad
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent information!!


This was an excellent book! It was everything I'd hoped it would be - and more! This book is for any beginner to intermediate VBA programmer to build their skills. It will take you from recording macros to custom designing your own userforms and making everyone in the office give 'ooohh''s! The examples are complete, editing is superb, flow and design are both very commendable. Mr. Jelen and Mrs. Syrstad have done a very fine job on this book. I would recommend this to ANYBODY who wanted to learn or who was fairly proficient in VBA. It's packed full of useful, and efficient, methods that will save HOURS of work! When done reading, it will make a great reference for anybody in the office who uses Excel!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Introduction For Programming with COM


An approachable and unpretentious introduction to COM. I hope more books address a subject as directly and simply.