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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A rare gem


Programming .NET Components is a rare gem of .NET programming books. I found the content in this book to provide much-needed perspective related to general .NET programming tasks, answering questions like: best practices for interface and class heirarchy design, in-depth coverage of the .NET garbage collector and how to prevent it from hurting your application's performance, and a thorough explanation of delegates and their more evolved counterparts called events.

Many .NET texts explain "how" to do things, but generally don't explain "why" things are done a certain way. This text gives you the breadth of knowledge you need to make optimal use of .NET technologies, and to understand when to use a particular approach to solve a problem when there is more than one possible option.

I have not read all chapters of this book, but what I have read so far has already more than justified its purchase price. And I know it will be a valuable reference book for me in the future, as I explore threads, remoting, etc.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Mixed feelings


I just finished reading this book and took maticulous notes on EVERYTHING in it. I found the book often repeated itself over and over and some of the chapters were organized poorly. There were a few typos / bad information. On top of that I spent about a month reading the Core section of the book (approx 350 pages) and about 2 days reading the Dos / Windows section (approx 40 pages). Whats up with that? I'm not spending $250 unless Im damn sure Im gonna pass the test. I think Im gonna read another book before I even think about scheduling a test date. This book did however stress a lot of important points in and easy to understand langauge. I learned a lot from it. I would say if your a newbie to PCs deffinately check this book out, If you have a lot of experience w/ PCs it can help refresh your memory. In either case I wouldnt recomend using only this book for the test. The included CD was a valuable tool as well but contained a few errors.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Semantic Web : A Guide to the Future of XML, Web Services, and Knowledge Management
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Michael C. Daconta, Leo J. Obrst, Kevin T. Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A Review of The Semantic Web


Different people will not agree on exactly how to define all concepts.
As a result there will be ontological mismatchs across parts of the
web designed by different people. In conventional logic if even one
inconsistency exists it will be possible to draw all conclusions and
their contradictions! It is not explained how they will prevent this
from happening.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Targeted just about perfectly


The ability of Monson-Haefel to communicate its comprehension of such a technology, had made this book easy to read, and highly understandable. Be just aware that the spec concerned is 1.0...