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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great for learning windows GUI programming


If you know how to program in C but not Windows, this is the book for you. To paraphrase Petzold's words, you need to understand two things: basic C programming, and how to use Windows 98 or NT. He covers all of the basic Windows programming topics from creating a simple window to printing, GDI graphics, MDI windows, dialogs, menus, resources, Unicode, threads, DLL libraries, and sound.



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 book for understanding COM, but...


For a C++ developer wanting to understand COM all the information you need is in this one (for an even deeper look at things try Essential COM).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Very informative, but lacking critical details


Michael Dell has written an easy to read yet complex book on one of the most incredible business and personal success stories in the 20th Century! For the people who say that Michael should have given more information, do you really think that Mike D can or would put all of that in a $24.95 hardback? And do your really think that the average reader could absorb it? Michael gets down to the basics and I like the way he talks about understanding people. A lot of would be entrepeneurs think to succeed in business, you have to know everything about the business. Who makes a business successful? It's people of course! If you're in business or want to be or in a management position, read Michael Dell's book. You won't get a Harvard education from it but you may just learn how to create and build a very successful business.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Prolog Programming for Artificial Intelligence
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ivan Bratko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book on Prolog.


Prolog is not an easy subject, especially for someone not well familiar with mathematical logic. Thus it is very important how the foundation would be laid down. Other books I had read on Prolog tended to two extremes. They were either too condensed for such a complicated language, or too broad and mathematically intensive. The author of this book had managed to find the optimal style of presenting both the essence and the practical aspects of the language. The book makes learning Prolog easy and fun. It covers many practical applications of the language and manages to convey the basic concepts of Prolog without overwhelming the beginner with too abstract passages. This book gives you the taste of declarative programming, which could be a very challenging shift in the way of thinking, especially for programmers used to procedural techniques. The book of Ivan Bratko will soften the learning curve and make the experience much pleasant.
The book is well structured, which makes it also a good programming reference. The material is very well illustrated and supported by a plenty of easy to understand examples. One can open it at any page and easily understand the material without tracing back and forth multiple chapters. This is a great book. Buy it if you don't want to stop learning Prolog before you understood it.