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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit (Pro - Resource Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Bill English
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!!


As a new Sharepoint Administrator, this book has been a valuable tool during the implementation process of my site. Bill does a great job of explaining some of the more difficult to understand features in language that is easy for even beginners such as myself to follow. If your task is to implement a new Sharepoint site, this book will be your best friend.



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
Stricty a Dangerous Gateway Drug.


Many cases revealed highly dangerous affects of reading this book due to it's extremely easy to understand layout and working examples. The amount of HTML addiction patients have increased at dangerously high amounts. This causes danger to all uneducated web developers out there who will get there butts kicked from the new bread of web developers who started with this book and began to eat all other books. I read this book in about 3 weeks (This was my first web development book). It was so easy that I immediately started doing things that everyone says is a pain to do (Uh mm tables). Yeah that was a bunch of hype considering the fact that this book made the table techniques feel like a walk in the park. One thing though this is only a gateway book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
There all Beta 1's


In attempting to explain why I disliked this book, I found that there are too many reasons to list. The first being that it doesn't really teach the C# language (instead starting with several chapters that explain why object-oriented programming is important). Second, it doesn't teach Object-oriented programming, since those first few chapter are only about why you'll want to use that programming method. Third, it's not a beginner, intermediate or advanced guide, so who is it really for? Finally, and this is the saddest point, it's the best of the six beta books that I've read so far. So, if only to save others from wasting as much time and money as I have - I'd suggest waiting until a few new books hit the market.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Buy, Sell, & Profit on eBay: Kick-Start Your Home-Based Business in Just Thirty Days
Publisher: HarperResource
Authors: Adam Ginsberg
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Primer...


Ginsberg's book is an excellent primer for those just now realizing something that is called eBay. The first 100 pages provided, for the most part, stories drawn from Ginsberg's own personal experiences on eBay, the trial and the error, etc. If you have been using eBay for buying and leisurely selling for six years as I have, you will find most of what he has to say as a good reminder of the days when there were no manuals to tell you what or what not to do. Back in the early days of eBay, you learned the hard way. This book ensures you won't have the learning curve that myself and Ginsberg had to battle through.

The final 200 pages are a bit better in getting into the details of what things to do right and what things to avoid doing. There were small pieces of information I did not know, which I found helpful. At times he would plug his own products, which is fine, I suppose, but I would have appreciated a little bit more beef in the advice he was giving.

If you have ten dollars to blow, this is a worthwhile investment. If you don't, you could find many of the hints and tips Adam provides in a newsletter online or on eBay itself.

And, if eBay University comes to your town, take advantage of it. You will learn a lot about how to operate a real business on eBay.

I recommend that graduates of Ginsberg's book move on to read Debra Schepp's eBay Powersellers Secrets book, which provides substantial information about how to find products to sell, etc.

My own advice is to take it slow. There is not a fast cash way to success on eBay. You have to do your homework and experiment before finally finding your niche. Be patient, study hard, and read books like Ginsberg's, and you will do just fine.