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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Kalen Delaney
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too much like the BOL

A very useful reference combining with microsft web help during database programming

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Mark Allen Weiss
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you want to leave those beginners eating dust...

This book is excellent, I also own the C and Java versions and I love them all. For a long time I knew the basics of programmin, I knew Basic, VB, C, C++ and Java, but I really couldn't get anything advanced done, I simply got stuck and didn't know what to do and how.
This book changed it all. But make sure you are ready for this. Some have said that this is for academics only or that it is too difficult. You MUST know the basics first! Someone complained that the code is uncommented, Geez... The code fragments are quite short and very basic C++. If you don't know how to handle structs, templates, pointers and variable operations, then don't complain that this book is too difficult. You just haven't got the basics yet.
When you know the basics but need to know how to store data into the memory for the optimal use (instead of relying on arrays for everything), you must read a book on Data Structures and this book is among the best. Yes, it makes you work, yes you have to read carefully through the examples, but that is the nature of these things. You are no longer a beginner in first grade.
It is good to know some math, but if you don't need to learn the analysis (mostly for academic use) then you can skip the analysis stuff. Just learn to implement the structures and algorithms, the text will tell you which are the best ones.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Before you Buy Read This!

This book is entitled "All In One." You should pay attention to this title. If you are new to the IT field or if you are an experienced pro this voluminous book will mean different things to different people. Mr. Meyers style of writing is to place everything in his book and tell you about it in a very non threatening way. The intention of this book is to take a novice and literally manufacture someone into an experienced tech. It is all in one meaning that it can be used in a C-Tech format or a semester format. If you are doing the A+ you should also be in a classroom. If you are taking a C-Tech learning center course this book will be a good precursor, If you are in a semester course this is one of the books that may be used. This book is also meant to a be a desk reference and will serve as an excellent one at a tech bench or service center. The author of this book cannot write in an educational format, and this book should not be attempted alone for people who are not in the IT field or who do not have experience in the field or as a hobbyist unless they are in a classroom with an instructor. Mr Meyers has a website called totalsem.com which offers an entire course with instrucional CD ROM. This is recommended along with his passport book and his 1100 question CD ROM. You should not limit yourself to just working with Michael Meyers. You should make yourself aware of online training and other courseware that is out there including Sybex and Que Publishing. You will always find a copy of this book in the directors office of every school and with most Techs as one of their reference books. For techs looking to update your certification this book is helpful but you should also look at test specific books as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Marco Bellinaso, Kevin Hoffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book is not good. It is Excellent!

I was looking for a book to get into ASP.Net development with C# and my primary goal was to fully utilize the features of .Net environment so that I could write reusable and easily updateable code with the least amount of hassle if there are changes later on in the process. MSDN is great, but it is not always the best way to learn how things are put together in a synthetic whole and how things work in practice. I can't tell you how glad I am to have chanced upon this one:1) The concepts are crystal clear (which is an indication of how clear the concepts are in the authors' minds). They do an excellent job in giving a solid foundation about the general design considerations in few pages. The time one would save if one read the general discussion alone would be worth the book's price.2) Authors omit any obvious explanations (which made the book size very reasonable for such great content), yet don't fail to mention any crucial implementation decision along with the underlying rationale. 3) The code is very clean. (You would not believe how much bad code is out there in programming books.)4) They formulate their sentences with great care. The language, far from being an obstacle, actually becomes a great tool in understanding more difficult topics.5) Provides a very useful context for msdn help so that when you read a particular topic, you know how to use it once you learn it.
If you are a veteran programming book reader, you would know how costly (both $wise and even more importantly, in terms of wasted time and unnecessary frustration) badly written books can be. This book deserves a full rating for both its great content and clear presentation. I hope this sets the standard for all programming books!