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61. Macs For Dummies, Eighth Edition
by DavidPogue
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-26)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 36801
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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The Mac is famous for its user-friendliness. Maybe that’s why you bought one in the first place. But to make the most of all its marvelous capabilities, you’ll be glad to have an equally friendly resource to help you use it.

Written by the renowned New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, Macs For Dummies has long been the bestselling Mac book because it provides just what you need to know to get the best performance from your Mac. And like the Mac itself, this book is easy to use, with plain-English explanations and step-by-step instructions. The revised eighth edition covers

  • Basics for beginners
  • Setting up your printer
  • Working with OS X
  • Getting online and using e-mail
  • Creating and saving documents
  • Using iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie
  • What to do if things go wrong

Whether this is your first computer or you’ve just upgraded to OS X, you’ll find help when you need it in this handy guide. You’ll discover how to

  • Set up your Mac, connect printers and other devices, and navigate the desktop and Dock
  • Establish an account with an Internet service provider, set up e-mail, and start surfing the Web
  • Use all the basic software programs and work with files
  • Edit home movies with iMovie, download music and use iTunes, burn CDs and DVDs, and edit images with iPhoto
  • Share your Mac or set up a home network
  • Perform basic Mac maintenance, find and fix problems, upgrade your Mac, and more

With Macs For Dummies, 8th Edition by your side, you’ll be prepared to take advantage of every exciting feature that Mac and OS X have to offer. Before you know it, you’ll be living the digital lifestyle, cruising the Internet like a pro, printing documents and photos—and even getting some work done! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It worked for me .....
The reason I bought this book was that I had been away from Macs since I unplugged my Mac IIcx and put it away. I recognized back then that unless I intended to work exclusively with Mac people, the PC competence was THE one I needed most.

Here in my small town, in the last few months I've had a number of requests for help from Mac people. The local Mac guy isn't getting rave reviews at the moment -- possibly because he has too much work -- so the requests for help that I've referred to him have been bouncing back to me.

Before I took any of these people's money, I wanted to make sure that (1) a computer is still a computer and (2) Macs had not totally morphed into something unrecognizable since I last used one. The book convinced me that the answer to (1) is "yes" and the answer to (2) is "no" (but OS X may change that). This book was a VERY fast read, and gave me those answers.

For me the most valuable part of this book were the two chapters on troubleshooting. They were well written, and certainly covered the range of Mac problems I remember from the IIcx. Time will tell if they cover the range of problems the Mac users here are having right now.

I'm trying to decide which book to read next: the O'Reilley book on Macs for PC people/PCs for Mac people, or the Dummies series book on upgrading and fixing Macs. Obviously one (maybe both) will eventually be necessary.

For the person just starting out with a Mac -- or starting out with computers who is thinking about a Mac -- I think this book would be absolutely first rate. And the book seems to have done the job I required of it just about as painlessly as possible!

It gets five stars from me!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn your Mac the easy way!
Honest, folks, what I knew about the Mac was this: start it up, & that's about it. I bought my Mac, and shortly thereafter picked up a copy of this wonderful book, and learned my entire Macintosh within about a week. In my opinion, Apple should bundle this fantastic book with every Mac sold, and include a coupon for the purchase of More Macs for Dummies, as well! The author, David Pogue, is very accessable to his readers, as well, by email and online, and is just a delightful fellow, as is reflected in this book. Keep a copy right next to your Mac for easy reference

5-0 out of 5 stars A Common-Sense Book NOT Written for Dummies
David Pogue has a genius for making the seemingly-complex simple enough for the average person to understand. This is the perfect gift for a writer writing about the Macintosh system; once you get over your intimidation about computers by following Pogue's straightforward and sometimes humorous examples, the user-friendliness of the Mac makes itself obvious, and you're on your way. An excellent, useful book for beginner and seasoned user alike!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, funny, and informative
I read this book a few years ago when I bought a used Mac Plus at a garage sale. Mr. Pogue put me on track with my old computer in a very short time. After a few few months, my relatives and friends were calling me for advice. In many cases I was able to help using what I learned in this book.

One extra with this book. David pogue is one funny writer. I really enjoyed the humor that went along with all the training.

I soon upgraded my computer. I Emailed the author to thank him and ask for some musical software advice. True to his word he took time to answer my questions. This impresses me that in today's world an author will make a commitment to help his readers past the point of sale of his book. Thanks Mr. Pogue! Great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars PC users can only *wish*...
In this case, ignorance is not bliss, PC users will continue to flounder around and not get as much out of their systems as Mac users do, and this book is proof. David is so funny and talented, he makes my day! ... Read more

62. Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
by Charles Petzold
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Asin: 0735613702
Catlog: Book (2001-12)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Aimed at aspiring C# programmers of all levels, legendary Windows expert Charles Petzold's Programming Windows with C# provides an extremely in-depth and intelligent tutorial to the APIs underpinning Microsoft's .NET Framework.

For a generation of programmers, Petzold's Programming Windows: The Definitive Guide to the Win32 API provided a virtual bible on how to get started with Windows development. This massive, handsomely bound hardcover edition attempts the same breadth of coverage for Microsoft's new C# language and the new .NET. With several examples clearly inspired by the earlier C title, this book demonstrates the author's keen eye for showing off and explaining the capabilities of low-level APIs to good effect.

The book first outlines basic "Hello World" examples for both a console and Windows Forms. Next, there's coverage of basic support classes (like points and rectangles) before turning toward using these structures in extensive sections on graphics programming. Petzold's traditional strengths as a computer author are in ample evidence here, with many short examples that exercise the capabilities of the new .NET APIs.

Veteran readers will recognize the basic shape of the early Win32 title in the organization of this (completely rewritten) C# version in the flow of topics from graphics, keyboard, mouse and timers, and the like. (One production note here is that the order of later chapters does jump around somewhat, circling back to graphics topics several times instead of presenting related APIs in order.)

The sections on graphics transforms and how to manipulate images are worthy of note. There's excellent coverage of the possibilities of working with text and fonts output in .NET. Nifty working samples for several types of clocks and shape-drawing demos will let you explore graphical APIs in detail.

Several chapters cover basic Windows Forms control programming with buttons, labels, and edit controls and then splitters, ListView, and TreeView controls. This volume closes out with references to files and streams, and math and string APIs. For any developer who wants to create state-of-the-art, "traditional" client-side software, this book is sure to be required reading for its in-depth look at graphics and other leading-edge .NET features. It proves once again that learning low-level APIs in detail is still a good way to learn Windows programming. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Overview of C# and .NET Windows programming fundamentals; a "Hello World" console application; C# language and object basics; a simple Windows Forms application (creating a main window and handling the paint events); basic .NET structures (including rectangles, points, and colors); text output and scrolling; exploring .NET system information; in-depth tutorial for GDI+ programming: pens, lines, rectangles, and polygons; keyboard processing (plus a custom class for caret processing); graphics transformations (including scaling, linear transforms with matrices); mouse processing (plus processing the mouse wheel); text and fonts (TrueType and OpenType fonts, antialiasing, measuring text); using timers; date and time APIs; a sample code for clocks; drawing and transforming images (displaying JPG and BMP files); simple animation; basic control programming (buttons, labels, scroll bars, and track bars); exploring Bezier curves and splines; menus (basic and custom); graphics paths and regions; clipping techniques; basic dialog box programming (modal and modeless forms); edit, list, and spin controls; font transforms and special effects, using toolbars and status bars, printing techniques (including print dialogs), splitter, TreeView, and ListView controls; programming with the clipboard, drag-and-drop support, reference sections on APIs for programming with files and streams, math functions, and strings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best resource I've found for C#
Petzold is a literate writer who effectively uses information (and anecdotal material) from the history of Windows programming, and the broader history of computer programming, to put his technical examples in a rich context.

I find his exposition of C# grounded in practical problem-solving with .Net's Forms and Controls extremely useful. The kinds of problems he poses and solves (with source code in the text and on the accompanying cd) are the types of problems that I face creating user interfaces and interacting with Windows system services.

The book is, as other reviewers commented, focused purely on client-side issues, but I disagree with another reviewer who felt it didn't cover COM : He does mention and show examples of using the InterOp facilities, and, I believe, that since .Net is designed to replace both COM and ActiveX, this is very appropriate. There are a lot of other resources for COM and COM+.

For myself I would rather learn a language bottom-up through studying and using concrete code examples that accomplish real-world tasks than read abstract books on the structure of the language, etc. Perhaps if you are a "top-down" learner who prefers to start with a very formal language definition and Backus-Naur diagrams and then implement some algorithms, and then, finally, get around to implementing the algorithm in a specific OS environment, this may not be the right book for you to start with on .Net.

I have other books by Troelsen, Gunnerson, and Liberty, and they are useful also, but Petzold's book is the one I keep coming back to and re-reading over and over.

The clear technical writing style that Petzold has achieved is, imho, very rare these days. I have the wonderful sense reading the book that I am sitting across a table from a wise friend who is gently and patiently guiding me forward through a complex technical subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for the serious .NET Windows Forms programmer
This is an excellent book. It's not a language tutorial nor a how-to cookbook on creating generic programs using the various wizards. This book is a clear and thorough guide to utilizing the object-oriented (finally!) features of the .Net Windows Forms library. Some of the writers of the negative reviews below seem to have been expecting something else. Mr. Petzold carries on his great tradition of illuminating the otherwise vast and murky landscape of programming Windows. This book will certainly be the reference of choice for anyone targetting this aspect of the .NET platform. His examples are short and to the point. Sure, you may not write a program that just draws lines, curves and splines, but when you need to utilize that portion of the library that he is discussing, you'll definately appreciate his brevity and sophistication in covering these topics. Of course, much of the material is also available in the Microsoft documentation. However, this documentation is usually terse and sometimes incomplete. Having someone with Mr. Petzold's experience and skill guiding you is far more pleasurable and educational. If you're familiar with his Programming Windows book, you'll know exactly what you're getting. If not, definately make the investment in this book. It will be a most valuable reference.

4-0 out of 5 stars Programming with Windows Forms
If you carefully examine the list of "Topics Covered" given by Amazon, you will not be disappointed at how Petzold does it. No one covers what Petzold chooses to write about more thoroughly and clearly than Petzold. The book definitely assumes familiarity with a C-family language. What is absent is information that his previous "Programming Windows" books gave about the underlying Windows environment, and about interprocess communication. I suppose this is because you can simply link to other code without much work in the new framework. But he does not cover the structure of .NET; the word "Assembly" is not even in his reliable comprehensive index, nor is "Component" or "IComponent." Disposal of resources is only mentioned with regard to graphics objects. The book covers Windows Forms programming, very well, and that's all it is meant for. By all means get this book, but get other books for other purposes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you want to write GUIs with C#
While most C# books tend to focus on :
- basic C#
"Programming Windows with C# " simply teaches you all you should know about GUI programming with C#. It looks obvious, but try to find good references in this subject and you'd be disappointed.
Not most programmers can afford Visual Studio NET and also not all programmers want RAD tools. Actually what is great with C# is that it allows the programmer to do everything manually and avoid automatic code geration. While it could delay your work, it certainly make it clear. The Forms API for C# is considerably simpler compared to MFC or WIN32 API Programming. Java programmers like me will find it usefull because its similarities with the Swing API.
The author is an excellent technical writer and make everything easy to read. And like he said "I prefer to type the code by hand and then I will learn it".
If you aim to write Windows GUIs for C#, get this book. It is a complete reference in the subject. The author does not mention it, but there is an open source and free IDE for .NET development name Sharp Develop. I use it and so far I haven't gotten many troubles. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good as its predecessors
I spent most of the time on Visual Basic but I consider this text the appropriate companion for Balena's book. This book explain wery well GDI+ and structure of windows forms and it is full of valuable information. It is true that all of this info are also contained in the MSDN collection but here all is well organized and written in a clear language. This book is not intended to learn C#, and maybe more appropriate title would be "Programming Windows with Windows.Forms". If you also know Visual Basic or the fundamental of OOP and want to begin to program .NET with C# this is the book for you. But if you lack good knowledge of OOP and want to learn C# language instead buy another book. Remember that in this book the syntax of C# is not covered in details. ... Read more

63. Photoshop CS2 Bible, Professional Edition
by Deke McClelland, Laurie Ulrich Fuller
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Catlog: Book (2005-07-18)
Publisher: Wiley
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* This totally updated hardcover reference covers the latest Photoshop enhancements and features larger, all-new, full-color illustrations throughout
* Shows experienced Photoshop users how to retouch, color correct, manipulate, and combine images using Photoshop
* Includes brand-new or expanded coverage of high-end topics such as the Camera Raw plug-in, creating and optimizing Web graphics, filters, convolution kernels and displacement maps, actions and batch processing, color adjustment, and ImageReady
* Cross-platform coverage for Windows and Mac OS X
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64. Robin Williams Web Design Workshop
by Robin Williams, John Tollett, Dave Rohr
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Asin: 0201748673
Catlog: Book (2001-07-25)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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Because "there's more to Web design than Photoshop and HTML," Robin Williams Web Design Workshop covers everything for the working Web designer including "how to survive dealing with clients."

Although Dreamweaver, GoLive, Photoshop, and other applications are mentioned (Flash even gets its own chapter), the book covers the gamut of Web design and technology issues rather than focusing on an individual application.

Each chapter is divided into sections, often no more than a couple of pages long. The chapter on backgrounds, the area of a Web page that seems to attract the worst design crimes, shows you how to avoid "the heartbreak of bad background design" in no less than eight sections.

In many books this subject would be lucky to get eight paragraphs; Robin Williams Web Design Workshop uses a clear two-column layout and plenty of real-life example screen shots to get the message across. Some pages consist only of captioned screen shots providing a great source of visual ideas.

There's a good balance between purely design-related issues and the technical stuff. Subjects like search engines, embedded fonts, DHTML, and forms are given a thorough overview, highlighting the main issues, and links to sources of more in-depth information are often to be found at the end of the chapter.

If you like to learn by example and see yourself more as a designer than a programmer, but want a working knowledge of current Web technologies from a book that you can read away from your computer, this is it. --Ken McMahon, ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book
I'm a data base developer inching towards deploying data to web pages. I make no pretence of design skills and all of Robin's books have been of enormous help to me. This book would be worth the price for the images alone, but the brief discussions of technique are also valuable. She uses example of pages prepared using several tools, including PhotoShop, DreamnWeaver, GoLive and ImageReady. None of the examples are particularly dependent of which software is used.

The good stuff just pours out of her...

The copy I have of this book has a very different cover (the ISBN number is the same)... a large multi-hued letter W. Perhaps it's a second edition, or a last minute design change. The copyright is 2002; the authors are the same.

Get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I'm an intermediate web designer. I have technical knowledge but not a lot of original design sense. This book, in conjunction with Robin Williams Design Workshop, has provided me with a lot of inspiration and insight. Now I KNOW how to make sophisticated, classy web pages. Some of the stuff I knew, a lot of it not in the depth covered in this book; but some of it was really new and eye-opening. I can't help but believe that most web designers, whatever their level, would benefit from this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars One flaw
One big flaw in the book, and one that alot of web design books make, is the recommendation of Matt's Script Archives for CGI scripts. DON'T use Matt's scripts, and beware of any CGI scripts you find on the web. If you do want the functionality (or would like to replace the MSA scripts you have), look for the NMS scripts (google for "matt" and "nms"). Matt's scripts are not maintained, and many security and other problems have been fixed in the NMS scripts (e.g. use the old formmail script, and anyone can use your server to send spam).

3-0 out of 5 stars Not her best
The Non-Designer's Web Book is a better choice. For starters, this book is a bit Mac and PhotoShop-centric, so some of the specifics may not be helpful. (Why people still shell out hundreds for PhotoShop when Jasc's Paint Shop Pro does the same thing for 1/6 the price, I'll never understand.)

The design examples are good but a bit limited in creativity, variety, and possibilities. She covers all the basics about proximity, contrast, and alignment, for example, but you can get that in her other books. The designs here are fairly static and rely mainly on tables for layout. There's a little slicing-and-dicing, but no mortized sites or style-sheet driven sites like you see in 3rd-generation web design. Instead, this is something of a repeat of 2nd-generation design that came along a bit too late to be "new."

Instead, I'd recommend her "Non-Designer's Web Book" and her "Design Workshop." The latter covers all the concepts of THIS book in a single chapter! And then includes chapters on business cards, letterhead, brochures, and other projects, so you get all this and more in a similar book by the same author.

1-0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY over rated.
Spends more time promoteing the authors instead of teaching you how to actually design. ... Read more

65. Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
by Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-31)
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Average Customer Review: 3.99 out of 5 stars
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Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days covers the basics of Perl in the first few chapters, and then moves on to practical issues of Perl and in-depth discussions of more advanced topics. Later chapters also delve into software engineering topics, with discussions of modular code and object-oriented programming. CGI is covered in one chapter, but it is not the focus on the book.The book relies heavily on longer working examples and code, as opposed to small snippets and code fragments, and each chapter includes two to three smaller complete examples and one major one that illustrates most of the concepts for that chapter and builds on the chapters before it. Written by Laura Lemay, this is her third major book after Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 21 Days and Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for years
I bought and used the Teach yourself Perl in 21 days for Perl 4 and found it extremely useful

I am an experienced programmer with C, Pascal and awk, but a few years ago, I was prepared to do a project in Awk and a fellow programmer recommended that I look into Perl, since it was becoming popular on the web.

I picked up "Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days" and quickly grew attached to the language.

The plusses of the book:

-it's well laid out day by day for people just starting out.

-Someone with a little more experience can skip most of the the first week and get right into the heart of the language.

-It has a useful index. While not perfect, the index lets you get to most everything.

My copy is getting ratty, I've used it so much in the last few years. I think anyone who knows another procedural language who wants to learn perl should get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Those With Previous Programming Knowledge.
It seems many people want to learn programming in 10 minutes. This book will teach you Perl in 21 DAYS not minutes. Learning anything will take some effort on your part. If you're not willing to do it, then don't blame it on the author. If you are a total newbie (hey whats Tar?) then you should get "Instant Web Scripts with CGI/Perl" By Selena Sol and Gunther Berznieks. This is the PERFECT newbie book - it outlines all of the typical questions. It will not make you a Perl programmer, but it will teach you the basics. You will want to pick up a copy of Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days to learn Perl. The Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days book is very handy for reference - just flip to the index and it will be there.

A big 10x to David Till for a great book

3-0 out of 5 stars It just didn't work for me
This book is not helpful for the newbies. Not only do some of the scripts not work, but the way Perl is explained in this book, it just doesn't make enough sense. I learned more from online tutorials that were perhaps 3 pages long than I learned in 15 pages of one chapter of this book. I usually pick things up quite easily, so it must be the book that is confusing.

At least two of the script examples given in Chapters 1-8 had typos in them, and not enough explanation for someone that doesn't know much to figure out what. I am unfortunately going to have to give up on this book to learn Perl and turn to the internet... too bad I spent $35 for the book. I don't recommend this book to anyone except perhaps someone that already knows Perl.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great beginners book!
This is the book that I used to teach myself Perl.

I was able to breeze through it in 3 days, not 21 days and I would recommend the Teach Yourself series by SAMS to anyone who wants to learn a computer language.

Later when you need a big reference book, I would recommend "Programming Perl" by O'Reilly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the language
I was able to quickly learn the basics of the language from this book. It is well laid out, gives many clear examples, shows a lot of useful things you can do with the language. I have grown beyond this, but still use it as my first reference when I forget basic stuff.
The O'Reilly books are wonderful too, but I would recommend getting them after you have worked through this book. They do a better job explaining why, but this book is great for jumping into the how.
Also has a very good introduction to CGI, cookies and Perl philosophy. ... Read more

66. Essential C++
by Stanley B. Lippman
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-26)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Written for those C/C++ developers who want to deepen their programming knowledge, Essential C++ provides a short, effective tutorial to some of the most important features of the C++ language, including lessons on generic programming and templates.

Compression is the key in this admirably concise text.

The author explains C++ from the very beginning with basic syntax and language features and always uses some of the best features of today's Standard C++. Perhaps the best thing here is the integration of "generic programming" (meaning the STL library of reusable templates and algorithms for data collections like vectors, linked lists, and maps, which are built into any current C++ compiler).

By focusing on these key features, this tutorial demonstrates C++ in an up-to-the-minute style. (These "advanced" features can help simplify C++ programming from the very beginning.) This tutorial moves quickly, and by the end of the book, the author covers the basics of successful object-oriented design with C++ classes, generic programming, templates, and exception handling. Short examples are the rule here, and each chapter includes exercises for self-study (with solutions provided at the end of the book).

C++ is a very rich and very complicated programming language. Essential C++ cuts to the chase and gives the working programmer a tour of the latest and greatest language features in a compact format. As a quick-start guide to today's C++, this title complements the author's much more massive tutorial, C++ Primer. For anyone who knows a little C/C++ and wants to learn more, especially the newest features of Standard C++, this book certainly deserves a closer look. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: C++ fundamentals, data types and arrays, pointers, flow control, functions, generic programming and STL, generic algorithms, classes, constructors and destructors, polymorphism and inheritance, abstract classes, runtime type identification, templates and template functions, exception handling. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful for experienced Java Programmers looking at C++
As another reviewer mentioned, Lippman's _Essential C++_ is influenced by the approach taken in _Learning Perl_ (Schwartz).

_Essential C++_ isn't quite a slow, measured introduction to C++ that gradually ramps up from step zero. Instead, this book is most useful for someone who already has moderate to good experience in another OOP language such as Java. Lippman starts laying on the essentials of C++ right away: a (very) quick overview of C/C++ syntax, templates, introductory file I/O, pointer math, iterators, STL containers...

I started reading _Essential C++_ as an experienced C programmer who'd been doing Java for the past few years and needed a intro/refresher to C++, and I found this book to be very useful in learning the patterns in C++ that correspond to OO mechanisms in Java. (I'm a Java hack used to the Collection API, so the chapter on STL containers quite adequately answered the "what do I do for a HashMap?" question that popped up.)

This certainly isn't a comprehensive C++ reference, and novices to programming are most likely not well served by this book, but I think _Essential C++_ is a great way for the experienced OOPer (but maybe not C++ guru) to dive in at the middling depth part of the C++ pool and start picking up the important idioms of the language in a short number of pages.

Concise but in-depth. Thirty four bucks well-spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars highly recommended guided tour of the C++ language
"Essential C++" conveys the essence of C++ in a very readable 200 pages. I was already familiar with much of the basic material but the review/reinforcement was helpful and I learned many new things about some relatively recent C++ features such as the standard template library, generic programming, function objects, templates and exceptions.

This book takes a hands on approach, developing code fragments to illustrate the topics by example. It's very well organized with each chapter building on material from previous chapters. Lippman's writing is simple and straightforward with a touch of good humor.

All in all a rarity - a technical book about computer programming that is well organized, full of useful information and fun to read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Compact
This isn't greatest book to *learn* C++. I bought it largely on the strength of the other reviews and my experiences coding successfully in other languages but (e.g., perl, python, java, php, shell scripts, etc.). My experience with this book (even in comparison to other books I'e browsed on C/C++), it that it is written to be useful more for someone who already knows C++ or is a dedicated C programmer and wants to pick up C++.

A great author usually writes in such a way as to not be misunderstood, but I found myself hae to reread passages frequently to answer questions which went unaddressed. Some typos were also evident, even in critical places--e.g., when he introduces references and relates them to pointers (page 46). At other times he'll introduce concepts without much expalanation at all. For example, the keyword extern shows up in the sample answer to problem 2.1 without being inroduced yet. The eventual discussion of extern on 64 is only useful if you already know what it means. He also likes to inject new concepts or syntax in the main text and footnote them with comments like "I'm certainly not going to explain this guy!" on page 33, referring you instead to some other book if you happen to have it nearby. Maybe this won't appear in subsequent editions. If you already have significant C/C++ experience, then you can esily oerlook these matters; but, if you are just trying to learn C++ (especially without a dedicated C background), then the compact nature of this exposition will be a two-edged sword.

That said, I did like the sample problems and answers. I wasn't a big fan of the subject matter for the running example (a game based on sequences), but it serves as a framework for exposition. If you already know C/C++ but want to brush up on you techniques, then this may be a good purchase. Otherwise, keep looking.

3-0 out of 5 stars An OK refresher even for savvy C++ users
This book touches on important topics of C++. If you are a savvy C++ user and use it all the time, you won't get a whole lot out of it, but you can certainly use it as a refresher - a very quick refresher. If you are new to C++ or you have not used it in a while, this book will be very useful you as it is packed with lots of info.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice book for beginner
Actually,if you are pure newbie,this book is not suitable for you.If you are person who have learnt some basic knowledge of C++,and wanna brush up yourself rapidly,so this book is written for you. ... Read more

67. The Complete C++ Training Course, Fourth Edition
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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68. Java Examples in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
by David Flanagan
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant
This is an excellent book covering Java 1.4 with practical examples. The book is divided into four parts: Learning Java, Core Java APIs, Desktop Java APIs, and Enterprise Java APIs. The book is very succinct and to right to the point with its examples. Each chapter starts off with a one to three page introduction of the topic, before heading into the examples. Each chapter introduction gives a high-level overview and history of the need for that API.

The examples are well written and complete. You don't have to search back for prior examples to understand the code. Before each example is an explanation of what the example is trying to do and the concepts it will demonstrate. The comments in the code fully explain why the author is doing something or choosing a particular API method. This book is good for someone who understands the language, but is trying to learn some new APIs. One of the best chapters is the chapter on threads, because it has just about everything you would need to understand about threads to use Java.

This book is a valuable reference. I am sure that I could use this book to understand an API that I have never used before (2D graphics, javax.sound, etc.) by just reading the examples and explanations that accompany them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any beginning or experienced programmer
Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, Java Examples In A Nutshell is a 720 page instructional compendium by Java expert David Flanagan expertly covers Java 2 Version 1.4, and the tutorial companion to "Java In A Nutshell." Featuring 193 complete examples with practical applications, over 21,900 lines of thoroughly commented, professionally written code, new chapters on the Java Sound API and New I/O API, and much more, Java Examples In A Nutshell is a must-have for any beginning or experienced programmer seeking to learn by doing and hone their skills for adapting to any given programming task. As a tutorial companion, "Java Examples In A Nutshell" does not focus on excessive explanation but rather direct learning through experience; both "Java Examples In A Nutshell" and the more pedantic "Java In A Nutshell" are highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for core Java API - J2EE section weak
In this 3rd edition, author David Flanagan has updated the book with coverage of Java 1.4. In keeping with the tradition of the other nutshell books, this book is an instant must-have book. This book is divided into 4 sections. The first section is a short yet very nice Java and OO tutorial. This book is not meant to replace your regular tutorial book, but can certainly act as that for someone who already knows the basics and is trying to bone up on the language API and usage.

The second section of the book covers the core Java API, including I/O, NIO, threads, networking, security and cryptography, serialization, and reflection. This section of the book is really solid and includes great working and commented examples of most of the core set of Java API. I really liked the network section as it includes code that will fulfill most of your needs in terms of network related development.

The third section of the book deals with graphics and user-interface including Swing, Java 2D graphics, preferences, printing, drag-and-drop, JavaBeans, applets, and sound. Not being much of a UI guy, I glossed over most of this section but it seemed complete and comprehensive. I know where I am going to turn if I ever need to work with Swing or applets.

The last section of the book includes coverage of the server-side Java or J2EE development, including JDBC, JAXP (XML parsing and transformation), Servlets 2.4, JSP 2.0, and RMI. Being a back-end or server side developer, I spent a lot of time consuming this section and I was very impressed with the quality of the coverage, explanation and examples included in this section. The section starts off with a nice introduction to JDBC, database metadata and includes some nice examples configurable example that are ready for use with little or no modifications. I think that's important to new developers that are getting familiar with an API. In reading the code, it was nice to see the author using the execute() method instead of executeUpdate() or executeQuery() method along with a simple explanation of why he is doing that. Sounds simple, but I can't tell you the number of times junior developers have come to me and asked me about this exact topic.

After JDBC, the book jumps into XML with a nice intro to SAX, DOM, and XSLT. Not a lot of meat here, but XML is always a moving target in terms of the API. I wish this section had a little more to it as it is missing the whole idea of Java-XML data binding which is a useful topic. After XML, the book moves over to Servlets and JSP. Nice intro to servlets and JSP, but leaves you wanting more. I think the whole server-side Java just needs to be another book and I think David should just come up with a Java Enterprise Examples in a nutshell. O'Reilly already has some great books in this category including the Java Servlet and JSP cookbook.

Having said all that, I still really like this book for how it deals with the core API. This book contains 193 complete, documented examples which makes it a must for any junior developer that knows or is learning Java and wants to know how to apply the API. The examples from this book are available for download from the author's website located at davidflanagan dot com.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-buy book for your Java library
Target Audience
Java developers who are looking for working examples of code that illustrate specific concepts.

This book is a companion volume to the Java/Java Enterprise/Java Foundation Classes In A Nutshell books. It provides code examples for many of the classes used in those books.

The book contains the following chapters:

Part 1 - Learning Java - Java Basics; Objects, Classes, and Interfaces

Part 2 - Core Java APIs - Input/Output; Threads; Networking; New I/O; Security And Crytography; Internationalization; Reflection; Object Serialization

Part 3 - Desktop Java APIs - Graphical User Interfaces; Graphics; Printing; Data Transfer; JavaBeans; Applets; Sound

Part 4 - Enterprise Java APIs - Database Access With SQL; XML; Servlets and JavaServer Pages; Remote Method Invocation; Example Index

Often when you are learning Java or exploring a new aspect of the language, it's difficult to make the bridge from the raw documentation to working code. The O'Reilly "Examples In A Nutshell" series is designed to make that transition from theoretical to practical, and David Flanagan's Java Examples In A Nutshell is no exception. It should be an essential part of your personal library if you are a Java professional.

Rather than spend time teaching the reader a particular class, the book assumes that you have one of the other Java Nutshell books for all the details of the class. In this volume, Flanagan jumps right into complete, well-documented examples of code that use those classes, thereby giving you a feel for how they work. Because he documents his code better than most of us do, there isn't that waste of time trying to figure out what the coder intended. The examples are easy to follow, and they are definitely helpful when you are working through the details of an unfamiliar class or concept. I often find myself looking through the chapters when I'm coding just to get a glance at how someone else would code a solution. It's almost like having a partner to bounce ideas off of.

In this latest edition, the author covers some of the new features in Java 1.4 like the New I/O and Sound APIs. Personally, I probably wouldn't do much with the sound code, but the New I/O section will be useful. He also covers the regular expression features which are new in the New I/O API. While I would also want documentation on regular expressions since I'm not a Perl expert, these examples will help me when I get to the point I need to use them.

Quite simply, this should be a "must buy" for your Java library. This book bridges the gap between reference material and your actual coding better than any other book of its kind. ... Read more

69. Building Cocoa Applications : A Step by Step Guide
by Simson Garfinkel, Michael K. Mahoney
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Building Cocoa Applications is an ideal book for serious developers who want to write programs for the Mac OS X using Cocoa.It's a no-nonsense, hands-on text that's filled with examples -- not only simple and self-contained examples of individual Cocoa features, but extended examples of complete applications with enough sophistication and complexity that readers can put them to immediate use in their own environments.Building Cocoa Applications takes a step-by-step approach to teaching developers how to build real graphics applications using Cocoa. By showing the basics of an application in one chapter and then layering additional functionality onto that application in subsequent chapters, the book keeps readers interested and motivated. Readers will see immediate results, and then go on to build onto what they've already achieved. By the end of the book, readers who have built the applications as they have read will have a solid understanding of what it really means to develop complete and incrementally more complex Cocoa applications.The book comes with extensive source code available for download from the O'Reilly web site, along with an appendix listing additional resources for further study. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort
I've been meaning to learn Objective C, Interface Builder and Project Builder for years. From back in the days of Rhapsody, and before when I'd bought books on NextStep programming. Always intended to do so, that is, until I received this book at Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. And now after typing my way through the book's source code, I'm comfortable with Objective C's oddball syntax, understand how to wire up an application in Interface Builder and have confidence I'll soon be making quality Cocoa applications of my own. I've already started writing a freedb client.

Obviously, it would be nice for me if the book explored network programming or the IOKit, but it concentrated on the fundamentals which nearly all applications share: windows, menus, drawing, printing, preferences, clipboards, documents, icons, etc. I can figure it out from here.

So get off the fence, it's time to learn Cocoa.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction
The Book "Building Cocoa Applications" provides an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of Mac OS X programming and the Cocoa application framework. As is appropriate for a tutorial text, this book covers the essential classes in the Cocoa framework that every Cocoa programmer needs to know about. It can adeptly take an intermediate programmer, familiar with C, from no knowledge of Cocoa to a working knowledge of the framework.

I particularly like the tutorial applications in the text and the way that the text carries an example from one tutorial to the next so that the reader has the opportunity to craft an Objective-C based Cocoa application from the beginning.

I would recommend this text to developers who are familiar with C and want to know more about Cocoa programming on Mac OS X.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book for the right person
I adore this book: it does exactly what I wanted it to do, and it does so compellingly - I've worked straight through the whole thing. The example programs are a great step by step introduction to integrating necessary UI functionality into a program. The exercises are challenging, requiring thought, a willingness to rummage through class definitions, and experimentation.

But make sure that what I wanted it to do is what you want it to do. I have a fair amount of experience as a programmer in a lot of different languages, but no experience coding in a desktop windowing environment. This book has rapidly brought me to a place where I feel confident that I will be able to build my own Cocoa applications, and have a real understanding of the underlying architecture.

Don't buy this book if you aren't already very comfortable with at least one programming language. If that language isn't ANSI C, plan on working a little harder to grok some of the more abstruse C-ness. Don't expect a course on obect-oriented progamming. Don't expect lessons in how to use a debugger. Don't expect spoon feeding - as it claims on the back cover, it's a book for serious developers.

I'm glad I wasn't put off by the reviews complaining of errors. I haven't found anything harsher than a minor distraction. What I have found is that I would sometimes reach the point in the discussion of a new concept where I had to stop and ask, "But why did they do it *that* way?" After putting effort into arriving at my own conclusion, I would invariably find that in the next paragraph my question was answered.

Definitely not "for Dummies," but definitely worth the effort.

2-0 out of 5 stars Error-ridden and too little actual teaching
Not recommended, although some people like it a lot.  More errors in the text than others, making you go to the web for errata pages. Relies too much on just presenting source code for the reader to type in, without adequate explanation of what the code does and why it's structured the way it is. Less of a gentle introduction than Hillegass's book "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X", less comprehensive than Anguish's book "Cocoa Programming".

2-0 out of 5 stars Try a different book first.
This book has potential, but in general I am pretty dissatisfied.

Good things:

(1) It is pretty well thought-out.

(2) The progression through 4 projects is good.

(3) There is working code for the examples available online.

Bad things:
(1) The book is riddled with errors. If you include the unofficial errata from OReilly's Website, the book becomes about 200% more usable.

(2) Why has this book not been reprinted? At LEAST OReilly should have released an official errata for this book at this point!!!

(3) This book does NOT cover 10.3 and the XCode software (still uses project builder). In most cases this is ok and you can figure much of it out. However, there are times that the differences are too significant to overcome without a lot of effort.
I have been very happy with O'Reilly books in the past, but this one is substandard.
I would recommend trying a different book unless this one is overhauled. ... Read more

70. CCNP: Complete Study Guide (642-801, 642-811, 642-821, 642-831)
by Wade Edwards, Terry Jack, Todd Lammle, Toby Skandier
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The mid-level Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification validates advanced knowledge of Cisco-based networks. This single volume, from the leader in certification, provides complete and up-to-date coverage of all four exams required for the CCNP certification: 642-801, 642-811, 642-821, and 642-831. Not only is it handy to have all the necessary study information compiled in one guide, it is also the most economical self-study solution. The companion CD includes advanced testing engine containing chapter review questions and eight bonus exams, flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices, and the entire book in PDF. ... Read more

71. Essential COM
by Don Box
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The Component Object Model (COM) is deep and extremely difficult, making it impossible to grasp the ideas behind this specification quickly or easily. Don Box, the author of Essential COM concedes that it took him six months of reading documentation, writing programs, and experiencing general puzzlement before he had his personal COM epiphany. Nonetheless, if you're a C++ programmer and you want your skills to continue to be relevant in a PC market dominated by Windows 95 and Windows NT, you need to get going down the path toward your own COM enlightenment. COM is the tool of choice for creating distributed and concurrent systems for modern Microsoft operating systems. If there's a book that will help you get a handle on the COM phenomenon, Essential COM is it.

Endorsed by object-orientation guru Grady Booch and Microsoft COM expert Charlie Kindel, Box's book takes the reader from an elucidating discussion of why a demand exists for COM and how it fits into the progression of C++ technology to a cool exhibition of some COM programs he's written. Along the way, Box covers the four corners of COM interfaces, classes, apartments, and security--all explained in developer's detail. He also gives attention to access control, marshaling, and Distributed COM (DCOM). Essential COM isn't an application programming interface (API) reference; it is an exploration of the Tao of COM. As the author says in his preface, you will figure out the how of COM programming quickly, as soon as you grasp the why. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars The author is a COM master, but at times that is a problem.
Obviously, Don Box is a COM and C++ master, which is where the problem lies. Admittedly, he does cover many aspects of COM quite extensively. The first chapter is the best background material on COM that I have read. But thereafter, Box changes his approach. He then seems to lapse into gratuitous, uncontollable programming razzle-dazzle when covering COM topics. His multi-page macros are just plain confusing and distracting. [Who is his intended audience: COM neophytes or his COM cronies?] His explanations concerning his use of the subtleties of C++ are entirely too feeble. While COM is at heart a subtle C++ application, surely programming virtuosity can be de-emphasized when explaining COM basics. His examples have questionable utility. However, again, his book does fill in some of the gaps of COM that other books gloss over. But I'm still waiting for that five-star book on COM.

2-0 out of 5 stars To cenceptual, not practical for a newby to COM
The biggest problem I've had with this book is that the examples are incomplete. I am used to learning by starting with a basic program and implementing more and more features of the api step by step. In this I can ensure I have mastered the basic concepts before moving on. Unfortunetly this book does not use this technic. Although it starts with the basics and progresses, it does not have working examples of just the basic implementation. Therefore if you are confused by a particular section that does not have much practical code, then you are at a loss and will not be able to move on through the book since subsequent sections will be building upon the one that you may have stumbled on. Code snippets are just not enough for me to grasps the subject. There is a complete example downloadable from the book's website, but the example implements all of the advanced features, which is far to overwhelming for a COM novice such as myself.

3-0 out of 5 stars Highly technical but the writing could be better.
Don Box is probably the most widely known authority on COM and this shows.
From the motivating example of the first chapter, to thorough
discussions of object location, instantation, naming, remote invocation, this book was certainly worth reading.

But sometimes I feel like the author is showboating with his opaque/jargon-filled writing; it just isn't as clear as say
a Kernighan, a Tanenbaum or even some others writing about MS Specific Technology.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely Essential
If you are already familiar with COM in C++, then here is a book that can bring your skill to the next level. For those of you who already own many many books on COM, your collection wouldn't be complete if you miss this one.

This book continues on where many others left off. It digs deep down and explores the areas that are ESSENTIAL to your understanding of COM's intricacies. Many insights given in this book are rare, and you probably won't find it elsewhere. If you are already familiar with COM, here is a book that surprisingly still intrigue you on the subjects that you think you already knew.

Though, I don't recommend this book for beginners. As the matter of fact, if I was new to COM and had to write a review for this book, I probably would have only given it 2 stars. It is not because the book is bad, it is simply that this is NOT one of those how-to-book. However, if your level is in the intermediate to advance, you will most definitely want this one.

So, if you do decide to get this book, here is my tip for reading it. Don't try to read the book from front to end, for you may not find enough momentum to get pass the second chapter - that is, if you not into theory and all. Instead, just jump to the chapters that interest you the most. Also note the chapters near the end are very addictive, so you may want to start the book from there. This is how I "re-gained" the incentive to finish the book.
You welcome:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best background COM book
If you are a COM developer, you need (at least) two books on your shelf, "ATL Internals", and this one (Grime's books are pretty good too). After you start to dig around in ATL, you will see the heritage that came from this book. This is no mere regurgitation of MSDN, it is one of the works that blazed the COM trail, akin to Stroustups's C++ book.

This is the best book to understand COM (all of it - like monikers) from the bottom-up. ... Read more

72. Learning C#
by Jesse Liberty
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Jesse Liberty, author of the best-selling books Programming C# and Programming ASP.NET, has written an entry-level guide to C#.Written in a warm and friendly manner, this book assumes no prior programming experience, and provides an easy introduction to Microsoft's premier .NET language.Learning C# is a complete introduction to C# and object-oriented programming. Learning C# will help you build a solid foundation in .NET, and show how to apply your skills by using dozens of tested examples. After introducing Visual Studio .NET, you'll learn about the syntax and structure of the C# language, including operators, classes and interfaces, structs, arrays, and strings.Liberty then demonstrates how to develop various kinds of applications--including those that work with databases--and web services.Whether you have a little object-oriented programming experience or you are new to programming altogether, Learning C# will set you firmly on your way to mastering the essentials of the C# language. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for novice or VB developers but could be better
I would never recommend just 1 book to learn a new language or to study for a certification exam. As a matter of fact, I would recommend several books and C# is no exception. C# is a new programming language and it will take several books to be proficient with it. When you use several authors from different publishers, you get a better understanding of that subject. Jesse Liberty's book "Learning C#" is a good primer for the novice developer or to a person who knows a little bit about Visual Basic 6.0. For a more experienced developer I would recommend several other books such as Jesse Liberty's "Programming C#".

There are ample examples in every chapter to demonstrate the principles the author is trying to convey. The important changes are highlighted in bold. This makes for easy reading. Jesse Liberty tries to cover all of the basics and then some. This book was published after the initial release of Visual Studio.Net, so you do not get the errata associated books that were published during the beta.

The readers of this book (Learning C#) will find that it is not a good book if you want to learn how to program C# for Windows or Web applicatons. Approximately 90% of this book covers "console" applications. Jesse tries to explain that the fundamentals of C# are best learned if the user does not have the extra baggage that Windows or Web development have but I have to question how much "real-world" development is done using console mode. The author skims over the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the very first application is actually created using Notepad. The basics of the IDE are covered in Chapter 4. In Chapter 10, the author uses the IDE to demonstrate debugging. Some of the screen shots (which are in Chapters 4, 10, 12, and 16) of the IDE are hard to read. Not impossible to read, just hard to read. They have been reduced down in size to the point that someone without perfect vision will have a hard time reviewing these screen prints. In chapter 3 (Object-Oriented Programming), the author states that the 3 pillars of OOP are encapsulation, specialization, and polymorphism. The other books that I have read call these encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism respectively. In chapter 11, the author does some back-tracking and substitutes inheritance for specialization.

Overall this is book is good but it could be better. I would also recommend several other books including Robert Orberg's "Introduction to C# using .Net" and Klaus Michelsen's "C# Primer Plus". With all three books, you will get a solid foundation for C# and then you could go on to the more advanced C# books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Basic Introduction
Jesse Liberty has written an excellent introduction to C# entitled, "Programming C#". That book required some background in an object oriented language such as Java or C++ to get the most out of it. This book is geared for the less experienced developer. "Learning C#" covers basically the first half of "Programming C#" in about 50% more pages. A person without a background in OO will find this book much easier to follow. The book covers the language a little slower, gives more hand holding, and even gives an introduction to Visual Studio. Of course, none of the advanced topics in "Programming C#" (ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Web Services, etc.) are found in this book. The author has a nice style of writing that makes the topics easy to follow. His examples are clear and there are plenty of them. All the basic C# topics are covered including control structures, enums, structs, delegates, operator overloading, polymorphism, interfaces, and collections. The topics covered demonstrate the main features of OO languages without being overwhelming. However, the book is not a complete introduction to C#. Some topics are left out (I/O for example). But overall, the book is a good introduction for the novice object-oriented programmer. If you already have some OO experience then you will probably want to get "Programming C#". If object oriented programming (or just programming in general) is new to you then this would be a good place to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to C#
This is a good introduction to C# but you can't depend only on 1 book. You can read Programming C# it's a good book too. I read some articles for an author called Michael Youssef in he's a great author and write in a very simple way that you can 100% grasp I hope that he publish his book soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars clear but wordy = for programming novices
Focuses on basic language syntax in a very slow, very wordy way. Those fairly new to programming will appreciate this, such as the guy in accounting who has written some Office macros, the web designer who writes simple javascript blocks, or the QA tester who aims to become a QA engineer or developer. The back cover description is misleading because it mentions being for "experienced programmers who are new to object-oriented programming," whatever that means. Any truly experienced programmer, coming from VB6 or C or Fortran etc, will be skimming and skipping A LOT to get over the many paragraphs of hand-holding.

I can only see this book being really valuable for novices, and those "experienced programmers" who have only been doing scripting in the past. Note that there are *much* better books for going from VB6 to C#.

And despite the subtitle, there is very little coverage of object-oriented programming in this book. The basics are scratched for about 4 pages of chapter 3 -- but this is of little value, especially since classes are not introduced until chapter 8.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic approach to C#
This book is definetely for programmers new to c# or even for beginners. Jesse Liberty explains with real world examples the concepts. Best part is he has kept the book concise such that you can easily read everything and practically apply all the examples and finish everything in a months time. I only found Destroying Constructors and Delegates, Events chapter to be a bit more difficult but on the whole the book is a treat. I have already bought his book Programming C# third edition also for adavanced programming. Best part I forgot to say is that Jesse personally answers to all your queries which is really handful. I sincerely reccommend this book.

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73. Web Services: A Technical Introduction
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, B. DuWaldt, L. K. Trees
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just right
This is an extremely thorough, well-written book that covers web services from the ground up. Not tied to any one company's philosophy or implementation of web services standards, this book approaches the subject at a high level yet full of detail. Unlike most technical books, this books reads like a novel. I give it my highest recommendation for those of you that want to understand the underlying web services standards and framework.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book --- Comprehensive and Example- rich book.
I have been functioning in this web services world for the past one plus years. I go through various articles, engaged in real time web services projects etc. This book provides the reader all the in-sight into web services. Web Services is a buzzing word around the software world as a next generation of distributing computing. This well organized book covers all the realistic topics starts with what are web services, need and different business models including B2B, B2C scenarios. It also states how web services are different and advantageous from present technologies and the core web services technologies (XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI) the building blocks of web services. It discuss in detail about the implementation of web services in both .NET and Java.
Absolutely, Web Services transfigure the software world, but it has yet to ripe out to use it in enterprise systems. Still web services are maturing. At present, web services are excellent for plain message transaction from one program/application to other. That is Web Services can be used in non-critical applications where security, reliability are not significant. One of the major concerns, we take notice of in Web Services is security. If there's one thing that has slowed the widespread acceptance and implementation of Web Services, it's their lack of security standards, reliability issues and Transaction Processing etc.
I take pleasure in reading the Web services Security chapter. It explores all the security issues such as Basic security issues, SSL, XML Signature, XML Encryption, XKMS, SAML, XACML and WS-Security in a comprehensive manner. Appendices contain VisualBasic.NET and Java Live-code implementation of web services based applications.

Microsoft and IBM have produced a road map outlining the additional Web Services security specifications along with WS-security. This book explained Microsoft's GXA, a series of specifications, which address the various problems faced by the web services in depth along with .NET MyServices, and Mappoint.NET. The two things, I enjoy very much in this book are the employing of abundant case studies and the vast Internet and Web Resources. All the case studies provide the reader a realistic knowledge. The chapters of this book walk around a wide range of recommended reading lists. All these resources help one for further reading.

Written for IT managers, software developers and business professionals alike, this guide explains the business and technology of Web services.

"This Outstanding book arrived at the exact period, which provides all the details about the Web Services in Comprehensive, realistic and practical manner." ... Read more

74. Word 2000 for Windows for Dummies
by DanGookin
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Microsoft Word has been around for a long time, but if you are new to computing, Word 2000 can be intimidating. In Word 2000 for Windows for Dummies, veteran Dummies series author Dan Gookin goes a long way toward banishing Word's intimidation factor.

If you are an experienced Word user, Word 2000's new features, which are few for the average user, will not require relearning the software. Gookin has made learning the basics of Word 2000 easy and fun for those who do not know the product well or are new to Word. As with all Dummies books, the irreverent style wears well and the humor makes learning enjoyable.

Word 2000 first teaches you the basics of creating a document. Subsequent learning areas include formatting, creating tables, inserting figures, making a table of contents, and even mail merging using Word. While the coverage of the essentials is very good, the tips scattered throughout the book are often priceless. For instance, Gookin tells you how to alter the Office Assistant's icon or hide it completely. He also includes such useful tips as how to use an ALT-key combination to copy character formats. If you want to learn Word 2000 and have some fun doing it, Word 2000 for Windows for Dummies is the right book for you. --Rob Franklin ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Useless
I purchased this book just for the information on "section breaks." What little there is, in a word, [bad]. It is therefore totally useless to me .... Here is a quote from that section:

"I have no idea what a text wrapping break is."

Now that's helpful! At least I now know who the real "Dummie" is!

4-0 out of 5 stars Still struggling
I found this a little easier to understand and use than "The Complete Idiot's Guide." I don't know what that makes me. It is pitched at a more elementary level and the jokes and cartoons are better. It is more frank about the limitations of Word 2000 Neither book deals with the problems of crashes and glitches, and when (and how) you have to telephone the [$$$]-please have-your-credit-card-number-ready line for help. I'm still struggling (having come from Wordperfect for DOS).
On one occasion no commands were working, and I eventually found I was typing within a footnote. Right now I can't delete or rename any document. Neither book helps with that.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Average" sums it up best
This is right on target: bought this not expecting much (I'm not a big fan of the dummy books). My wife wanted to start 'learning the computer' which translated into Word processing. This book really did serve as a good introduction to Word.

Also recommended: For my own use, it wasn't much help. I'm a long time Word power-user. I'd say the best advanced book is 'Learn Word 2000 VBA Document Automation' (driza) and the best average user book is 'Using Word 2000' (camarada). Good luck!

3-0 out of 5 stars A lot of good stuff, but...
I have a number of the Dummies books, and they are all pretty useful, as is this one. But I would recommend "Just the tips, man for Microsoft Word 2000" if you really want something that gets to the point. That book has just the stuff you need to learn and get better on the software. It's not like your typical manual.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
This book is very helpful for anyone who knows little or nothing about the Microsoft Word 2000 program. The index is easy to use and directions for each process are clear and easy to understand. The "cheat sheet" in the front of the book is very nice and helpful for answering those small questions. A very helpful book for anyone with the Word 2000 program. ... Read more

75. Obfuscating .NET: Protecting Your Code from Prying Eyes
by Dan Appleman, Daniel Appleman
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Did you know you actually ship your source code every time youdistribute a .NET assembly?

One of the consequences of the architecture of .NET is that a great deal of informationabout an assembly is kept with the assembly in a part of the file called the Manifest.This information makes it remarkably easy to not just reverse engineer the assembly, but to decompile it, make modifications, then recompile it. While such reverse engineering has always been possible, it isextraordinarily easy with .NET - a situation that is a significant problem to anyone distributing .NETapplications or components who is concerned about protecting their intellectual property.

In this PDF E-Book, you'll learn about a technique called Obfuscation, that can help you avoid this problem.And you'll receive an in depth look at one particular approach to obfuscating your .NET assemblies, along with a link to a free download of Desaware's open source QND-Obfuscator. ... Read more

76. e-Business & e-Commerce for Managers
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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1-0 out of 5 stars The boring book ever I read
This book was probably a very good information provider in year 1998-1999. You will not gain any knowledge if you read this book. Most of the reference web sites are not existing now and if they are, they are not in business. Most of the people I know hate this book. This book is good for power point presentation for a corporate world just for overview of the ecommerce but for text book its just doesn't worth of reading. If there is a chance to give no star rating then i will prefer to give that rating.

3-0 out of 5 stars My Students Hate This Book
This book was probably a good first attempt at an eCommerce text book but now reads a little thin on deep explanations. My students (undergrad) universally hate this book. from what i gather, part of it is just the look and feel of the book - monochromatic and dull. it does not invite steady reading. the page of the book is slow and often cumbersome. i'm not meaning to knock the obvious hard work that has gone into this book but i just want possible instructors to be aware of its shortcomings in terms of students. Excellent as an insomnia cure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent undergraduate textbook and overview
I've used this book as a textbook in an undergraduate e-Business course intended to be taken by business students. In my opinion, it is the finest one on the market for this purpose. It covers a wide variety of topics in sufficient depth to give good foundational understanding. My only two complaints are:

The appendix material on HTML is not needed in the book. Anyone interested in that topic is probably going to buy another more complete book on the topic (perhaps even another Deitel book).

The biggest problem, though, is that this book is becoming very dated. It was made available in 2000. Much has changed since then. Most textbooks of this sort are updated every 2 years. This one needs to be updated to a second edition.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Roundup, Difficult Interface
This book brings together a unique set of materials about a subject that is growing rapidly. But a lot of it was very hard to find and understand because of the jumbled layout and clashing colors - red headings, pink graphics, purple sidebars! If this were a webpage I would have clicked elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars e-Business & e-Commerce management clearly explained.
Deitel & Deitel have explained e-Business and e-Commerce in an easy to read and understand manner. It is directed to managers who may have a less technical background than those wanting to understand the nuts and bolts of Internet programming. This book discusses the management aspect of e-business and e-commerce, focusing on e-business models, development and management of e-business sites, online financial transactions, security and legal issues, and marketing. The book includes excellent case studies of the various e-business models. It would make an excellent text for either a graduate or undergraduate course in electronic commerce from a management focus. It is also an excellent primer for non-technical managers moving to an e-business model. ... Read more

77. The Annotated C++ Reference Manual
by Margaret A. Ellis, Bjarne Stroustrup
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Catlog: Book (1990-01-01)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
This book was fairly complete at the time of its publication, but there have been so many significant improvements and new approaches to the C++ language that the book is outdated. I'd recommend this book only to people who are interested in a historical collection of C++ documents.

I'd recommend any of the other Stroustrup books. "The C++ Programming Language," (3rd edition) is the closest thing to a bible for the language. (Don't buy the 1st or 2nd edition--they're also outdated. If you want a hard-covered reference, the "Special Edition" is a hardcovered 3rd edition.) I'd recommend "The Design and Evolution of C++," which is slightly outdated but both imformative and instructional to experienced C++ programmers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Reference for C++ Programmers
This book is, definitely the one of the best references available. It provided a lot of things that you won't find in any other references.

However, this is the reference for "C++" not its library. (And being the reference for the language itself made this book a timeless reference). So, if you want those information, you might be disappoint. But if the thing you want to the better understanding of C++, this book belong to your shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great but Outdated.
This was "The" standard for creating C++ 99. Since then the standard libraries were added, a full implementation of templates and exception handleing etc. So while its a good reference for the "core" of C++, i.e. the classes etc, it shouldn't be the first book (or even the 2nd) on C++ you buy. Better to get the Hardcover "The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)" which has chapters on all of the language.

Note: That's not the first book on C++ you should get either, if you are just learning, it is however one you should own if you are going to profressionally write C++.

On why there isn't a second edition of the ARM, has in part due to the restrictions for republishing the ISO standard. And its also 2003 and now the language looks like it will continue to evolve and thus a second ed. ARM would be soon out of date as well. Maybe we'll be lucky and there will be one for C++2005.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs to be updated.
This book was good when it came out in 1990. It needs to updated to to the newer versions of C++. Other than that it is a good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST for those who want to dive into the SECRETS of C++
Well, I know it was out there. But I was referring other books most of the time. I paid for that. Many cannot answer questions like "Why the hell you need a COPY constructor in the first place?" or "Why Copy Constructor always takes a reference to the object as an argument". Here I found the answers. Again this is the BEST reference book available. If you are a serious programmer who wants to know in and out of C++, this is a must. I won't recommend this for those "POOR" souls who just want to be a C++ programmer.

Again being a reference book, you don't have to read the PREVIOUS chapters to understand a specific topic. You may have to read couple of times to understand certain sections. ... Read more

78. Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML & XHTML in 21 Days, Fourth Edition
by Laura Lemay, Rafe Colburn
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Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 Days, Fourth Edition is a new edition of the best-selling book that started the whole HTML/Web publishing phenomenon.

The entire book has been revised and refined to freshen up its appearance and to bring it up to date with current Web publishing practices and technologies.Yet all the original style, flavor, and features that have made this book so popular since its first edition are retained and expanded upon.

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4-0 out of 5 stars This is a good book!
I like this one.. why?

1)you dont have to be in front of your pc to learn html from this book
2)handy dandy reference section!
3)covers all the basics adequately
4)gives appropriate stylistic advice. who cares if you can script if your web page is plain old ugly and unreadable?
5)puts things in a good chronological order
6)I learned to code from this book; its pages are bent from my continual re-referencing!
7)I like the Idea that there is a series. when I feel like I have time to learn c# or .net I can continue with a familiar source.

1)index could be broader!
2)sometimes when I am looking for a specific bit of code it takes me a long time to find it. This book needs more headings.

If it had a broader index, more headings, and raw info in the margins for quick refrence it would be perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE book to get to learn HTML!
If you wish to learn HTML, this is the book to get! It is funny, comprehensive, and an easy read.

I used this book and a simple ASCII editor to create the Lifeboat Foundation web site. This book made a fairly complicated task a breeze!

A good follow-up book is "Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference" by O'Reilly. ... Read more

79. CCNP/CCIP: BSCI Study Guide
by Todd Lammle, Carl Timm, Sean Odom
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Get ready for Cisco's new Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks exam (#640-901) with the CCNP/CCIP: BSCI Study Guide. This book provides you with the knowledge, skills, and expert insights you'll need to approach the exam with confidence. You'll find in-depth coverage of all exam objectives, hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. The BSCI recently replaced the Routing exam as a core requirement for the CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional) certification, and is also a core requirement for the CCIP (Cisco Certified Internetworking Professional) certification. The BSCI exam covers Cisco key technologies related to using Cisco routers connected in LANs and WANs typically found at medium to large network sites. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for the exam
Todd Lammle has done it again. I used his CCDA book and was very impressed by it and this book did not disappoint.

Be careful if you are choosing books for this exam, its NOT the routing exam so if you pick up one of those books, you will not know enough about ISIS and BGP. There are a lot of books for the routing exam, but not many for the BSCI. This book is timely, useful and pretty-much error free!

Anything discussed in the book is fair-game in the exam. Unlike some books in this area (eg BCSN by McGraw-Hill for the BCSN exam ) this book covers all you need to know and almost has the right emphasis balance on the topics. Some books attempt to concentrate more on topics you'd use more often in real life, to the detriment of topics you know nothing about but will be examined on, the book doesn't do that but it still not just an exam book and has usefullness afterward.

To get the most out of this book do the chapter questions and the chapter labs too as well as the challenge lab at the end. They're not fillers, they help you make sure you understand. And whatever you do, do not skip any part of the book as irrelevant, that's the bit that will be in the exam for sure. You may then prompty forget the topic AFTER the exam.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not The Only Resource You Need To Pass
Let me first say I have not taken the exam yet so I am basing my judgment on the practice exams of Boson and Self Test. Also many people have personal preferences on how they like their technical material presented. That is maybe why you will find many good reviews on this book.

Usually I read the book then take the practice tests to prepare for the exam. This time after completing the book I started taking the practice exams. I found a number of questions where the answer could not be found in the book. An example of the questions were regarding EIGRP's advertised distance (AD) and feasible distance (FD) or also the advantages of ISIS. The answers are not readily apparent or do not exist at all in this text. A friend I work with has the BSCI Cisco Press by Gough and by looking for a few short minutes found many of the answers I had been looking for and could not find in the Sybex Llammle/Timm book. So based on the technical questions I am experiencing in the practice exams I am getting a copy of the Cisco Press Gough book to complete my preparation.

I too like Todd Lammle books but if the practice exams are anything like the real exam then you will need other materials to prepare you for the exam. The Sybex book does explain many topics very well and generally I think it is a good book. Just not the only one!

2-0 out of 5 stars It's poor written
It's basically a very poor written book, especially compared to the famous Todd's CCNA book. You can easily find a lot of much better written and easier understood articles on the Internet than in this book on same topics. It just simply hurts the repution of Sybex in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Carl Timm really pulls it together
Carl Timm who wrote most of this book and will write the updated 642 test version really knows this material. The preparatory reading from this book and Timm's style of writing (that is often credited elsewhere) really prepared me for the hardest of the CCNP tests. This is a crucial exam and topic as it covers material required for the BSCI test required for the CCNP, CCDP, CCIP and is good prep heading into the CCIE R&S. While I had critical experience in the field with this technology, the material is presented very well and is a great prep for the exam. The key is to read this material and understand it. This will not cram you for the exam, but lays the groundwork for better understanding of the topics which will carry you further than just passing the test. If you can correctly answer the practice questions throughout the book, you will demonstrate your command of the material (and pass the test).

5-0 out of 5 stars From a BrandNew CCNP
I found the BSCI exam the hardest of the 4 and without this book I am not sure I would have passed. The Author (who I found out is mostly Carl Timm) did a great job teaching the information - not just the test - I found the questions in the back to be tough - real tough - probably tougher than the actual exam. BUT - if you can answer them you are in.

Don't memorize test questions - follow the book - pay attention to what the author is telling you and you are in. But you better know the information. Find a good sim or some equipment to play on and get THIS book.

I passed my last test today and I am stoked - So I thought I would share the credit some.

CCIE - here I come. ... Read more

80. The Pc is Not a Typewriter
by Robin Williams
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5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Any Person Who Types!
I found this book when it was first published as "The MAC is..." and it has been my Bible ever since. I have given it out to everyone who has ever worked for me or with me. I am a trainer and in any class that has anything to do with typing it is standard reference material.

I cannot believe we still have 'teachers' teaching people how to type that do not adhere to professional typesetting standards. This book opened my eyes to the beauty you can create in the type written page. 'Corporate' people positively comment on documents that I have delivered as "elegant" or "easy to read" or "so professional" because I adhere to the principles set forth in Ms. Williams book.

I think this easy to read, well designed, and information packed book should be required reading for any person that touches a keyboard!

5-0 out of 5 stars Make all of your work look like the best typesetting jobs.
Every day we read books and magazines that following standard typesetting rules (such as putting only period after a sentence), yet almost all of us who now use computers (a tremendous typesetting tool) continue to type as if we are still using a typewriter. The result looks unprofessional, which we accept because we have never thought that we could produce text that looks like a typesetters.

This small book explains better than any other why we did certain things on typewriters that were never done by profressional printers--and why we need to stop doing them now that we are using computers.

Since it was published in 1992 I have been giving copies of this small, readable, beautifully arranged book to anyone who types for me or organizations I work with. Just the first few pages can tremendously improve the profressional appearance of a letter, and what it does for newsletters is phenomenal.

Everyone I've ever told to put only one space after a period, or how to properly use dashes, has insisted I must be wrong. They become believers after I refer them to any magazine or book, and they become converted to proper typing after I give them this book.

Rarely will you get more bang for your buck than with this little gem. Make sure you buy at least two, because you'll immediately think of someone to give a copy to.

5-0 out of 5 stars I hand out copies all the time
This and its companion "The Mac is not a Typewriter" are so important to everyone who writes a letter, types an e-mail, designs a sign, or creates a presentation. In short easy to understand lessons disguised as chapters, the reader learns everything that was lost when computers replaced typesetters. Though most Macintosh users are professional designers, they won't need this book, but for the millions of PC users out there, this is irreplaceable. I keep four or five copies of this book in my desk. Anyone I find that is breaking these rules and willing to learn how to make their published documents better, I hand them this book to read first. Don't try to learn it all at once. Read a couple chapters and master those skills, then read the next couple chapters. This book sits next to my dictionary and MLA Style Guide on my desk for ready reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars You're not supposed to put two spaces after a period?!
I took great care to include two spaces after a period and before starting the next sentence. Williams explains why this in incorrect and why so many of us do it religiously, along with a host of other typographic rules. It's relatively short, the writing is concise and interesting and if you type on a computer you'll use what you learn from this book every day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Resource
Any writer contemplating POD publishing needs this book. Simple, direct and logical. Takes the mystery out of computer typesetting. ... Read more

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