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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003 Kick Start
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Kate Gregory
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best and no nonsense intro to.NET C++

Great Book for experienced C++ programmer to move to .NET C++.Covers all major topics. Great reading. I finished in one night!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good stuff

If one were to read only one book on software construction, this would have to be it. It covers all the essential areas with a logic that is difficult to refute and a clarity and style which make it a pleasure to read. If you have read the previous edition buy this one. The first edition was excellent, but this one is much better written and covers an amazing amount of new material. Every software practioner, regardless of their experience and expertise, should read it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for beginners and experts

This book along with most of the others in the Visual Quick Start series gets it. Learning technical concepts such as HTML does not have to be a painful and alienating process.
This book combines simple, modular lessons with frequent illustrations. The presentation of the text is simple and the illustration helps you to see exactly what you are doing. Essentially, the book uses both hemispheres of the brain. If you learn visually, you can focus on the pictures first and absorb the text second. If you learn by processing written instructions, then you can absorb the text first and confirm your understanding of it by refering to the illustrations. Many technical manuals are too dense and use illustrations in a haphazard fashion. This one has been optimized for the best and most enjoyable learning experience.
If you are new to HTML coding then this book is an excellent start. If you are experienced, then this book is still a very handy reference. I have friends with software patents who keep it within reach when they use HTML.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Bad style good content

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).