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141. Internet & World Wide Web How to Program (2nd Edition)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, T. R. Nieto
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Asin: 0130308978
Catlog: Book (2001-08-22)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 101995
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Internet Programming
I think "Internet & World Wide Web - How to Program" by Deitel, Deitel & Nieto is an excellent book for learning Internet programming. The book focuses on HTML, JavaScript and DHTML, but also introduces you to databases, VBScript, Active Server Pages (ASP), Common Gateway Interface (CGI) and Extensible Markup Language (XML).
Deitel, Deitel & Nieto teach by live-code examples. They first show you the code of an example, then a screen dump of what it will look like on your computer, and finally explain the code. Every chapter includes tips on good programming practices and warnings for common programming errors. Each chapter ends with a summary, look-and-feel observations, performance, testing and debugging tips, Internet links, as well as a set of exercises. You will also find the code of the examples, the Internet links, as well as some software on a CD that comes with the book.
For me as a computer layman, I am a chemist by profession; the book has been extremely useful for learning more about Internet programming. I read the 1st edition of the book, but now a later version is available...

1-0 out of 5 stars Five Pieces of Junk
First of all, my new book broke into three different pieces after sitting on the shelf for three weeks. I only read it at home - no damage due to lugging it back and forth - and had only made it through the first three chapters. It is now in five pieces four months after purchase. If you hope to resell books after reading them, this won't be good for you.

The book tries to be both a beginner's guide and a comprehensive resource at the same time, and it fails at both. It went through the most parts of HTML, and doesn't teach much more than basic formatting with XHTML. It also did an adequate description of -basic- javascript. If you're only interested in learning the basics about web design, this is a good book, but you can find just as good of books for a lot cheaper.

After the html and javascript, it jumps through more advanced programming languages and concepts with very little explanation or code to demonstrate how to use them. I suppose this last half the book is meant as an introduction only, but with how fast it goes through these final sections, you don't really understand XML, flash, etc yet are expected to understand them if you want to grasp the later chapters. They just tried to fit too much into the book.

Since I already knew html but did not have any experience in techniques beyond basic design, I can't say I learned much of anything from this book, except never to buy from Deitel & Deitel again. Stick with a good html book and then buy an advanced internet programming book - this is just an overpriced html book with a bunch of overpaced garbage and "helpful" dead links at the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars The big picture
I loved this book, I was looking for a book that explains all the new lingo in the internet and that book did just that... It tells you about almost everything that you might need while programing the net... I am not new to programming, but I am definitely new to scripting and web development... Now if I want to dig further into any subject I know what to search for... A great introduction, simple, clear and comprehensive.

1-0 out of 5 stars A confusing melange of things (none very helpful...)
Perhaps I'm jaundiced by being somewhat intelligent and having a better than adequate knowledge of programming. I bought this book hoping it would lead to new insights into programming in some popular languages (VBScript, JavaScript, Perl, ASP, etc.) and perhaps show me some tricks I could use in my everyday work.

What I got was a heavy (it's like a very expensive brick), thick, badly organized, poorly laid out doorstop. There is a lot of information in it and that's perhaps its biggest problem. It can't seem to teach simple, straightforward programming, but hops and skips around the various styles of each language, without adequately exploring good, basic programming skills.

Occasionally you glean a useful bit of information, but the examples are confusing often, not explained fully, and fairly dense. You really never have enough time to take in what you've learned before you're off to the next example.

Do yourself a big favor and spend the money you'd have sunk into this atrocious tome and buy a couple of smaller books on your main areas of interest. You'll learn the topics better and you won't get strained muscles from lifting the books.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just not worth it
I had to use this book for a class and it was extremely disappointing. Don't expect Deitel to explain the code examples very well, and expect to get confused and led-on.

There is some useful scripting content, but absolutely lousy at teaching anything to someone who doesn't know it already. The book does NOT teach XHTML or XML. You will not read this book and come out with a decent understanding of XHTML or XML at all.

This book is an over-complicated tour of internet scripting. It really should have focused more on Javascript, VBScript and XHTML than anything else.

Deitel & Deitel should learn how to teach, then their books would be really good. ... Read more


142. The Design and Evolution of C++
by Bjarne Stroustrup
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Asin: 0201543303
Catlog: Book (1994-03-29)
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Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading before making a suggestion for C++ additons
This is probably the most well written B. Stroustrup book. Without dwelling too much on the arcane, Bjarne goes over all of the reasons for the additions to the "C" language to create C++. Bjarne comes off as a guy just trying to get a job done and yet do what is right for the rest of the programming community. Its a nice change from the almost religious furor discussions that occurr on USNET.

There are still open issues among the users of C++, people who want a feature found in another language, or wish that their personal idea would be incorporated into the general language. Before posting a proposal to comp.std.c++ you should read this book. There you will most likely find a discussion on the idea and why it is either not implemented, or was rejected. Then you can organize your counter argument without wasting everyone's time. (Also one of the first counter posts will be a citation to this book.) It's not that C++ is the perfect language, it isn't, after all my pet idea of overloading operator.() was rejected, but in ammending the ISO99 C++ standard you need to know what has already been discussed. So we can go forward without rehashing.

Intermediate C++ programmers would also benefit from the discussions on casting, use of private/public/protected inheritence and scoping, and exceptions. Bjarne goes over why these things changed over time and what problems these features are intended to solve.

5-0 out of 5 stars the story behind C++
This book is very interesting in that it doesn't tell you how to program in C++ but rather highlights why C++ is the way it is today. It starts with the very roots, an extension to the C language ('C with classes'') Bjarne devised back in 1979, because he faced a software engineering problem at the time where all currently available tools seemed inappropriate. This highly real world oriented design attitude was kept throughout the evolution of C++ - Bjarne specifically didn't want to produce an 'academic' language. This view and the absolute necessity for C compatibility and efficiency explain lots, if not all, of C++s more ugly syntactic and semantic constructs. While the book has chapters dealing with very specific parts of the language, I found the philosophical chapters the most interesting. These explain the author's personal views on programming and design in general and consequently why certain things were accepted or rejected into C++. Bjarne stresses the point that C++ was designed from the beginning to be a 'multiple paradigm' language. Object oriented programming was never meant to be, and is not, the only valid - holy grail - style of programming, that many make it out to be. It's quite frustrating to see features devised ten years ago still not properly supported by the current crop of compilers, templates for example (export anyone?).
The book is not for the novice programmer, but for the experienced C++ user who wants to know the whys behind the language. While a novice might be interested in that information too, it is not an advisable lecture for those readers, since they might easily get confused with the source code examples showing directions in which C++ did not evolve.
To quote one of the design goals: 'C++ is a general-purpose language designed to make programming more enjoyable for the serious programmer' - I think it succeeded.

5-0 out of 5 stars Modeling Engineer
This is a great book for those who want to understand the history of C++, the details of its implementation and more importantly, this language's spirit.

3-0 out of 5 stars For the Novice C++ Programmer
I was taking a graduate class for beginning C++ students. The book gave a wonderful history of C++. I would recommend for students who have not taken C or C+ to understand the scope of how powerful C++ is. This is also a good book for the introduction to object-oriented programming.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading
Take a break from learning the HOW of C++ and learn the WHY.

Ever wanted to know why C++ is the way it is, or why certain features were "left out"? All the answers are here....

This book should be on anybody's shortlist of "must have" C++ books. If it isn't, then you can safely ignore that list. ... Read more


143. Windows XP Home Edition : The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition
by David Pogue
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
Publisher: Pogue Press
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Windows XP Home Edition offers dozens of new features to delight consumers from its elegant user interface to the powerful new ways to view and manage digital photos. Now, with the release of Service Pack 2 (SP2), it also provides better protection against viruses, worms, and malicious hackers. But it still comes without a single page of printed instructions.Fortunately, the new edition of Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual fills the void. This comprehensive resource will make your time at the computer safer, easier, and more fun. The book begins with a tour of the Desktop and instructions for customizing the Taskbar and toolbars.It also includes a primer on how to organize files, folders, and windows for maximum efficiency. Readers even receive guidelines and instructions for installing SP2 on their PC, or across a network of computers. ... Read more


144. CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide, 2nd Edition (640-861)
by Todd Lammle, Andy Barkl
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-16)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 3.22 out of 5 stars
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Get ready for the new CCDA exam with the updated CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide, 2nd Edition. Organized for optimal learning and retention, this book provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives along with practical insights drawn from real-world experience. The accompanying CD includes hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. Cisco recently "refreshed" the CCDA exam, adding new questions and question formats to the pool, but leaving the previous set of exam objectives intact. The CCDA certification validates a foundation or apprentice knowledge of network design for the small office/home office (SOHO) market. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars MBECKHAM, Ashburn, VA. CCNA/CCDA - Excellent Book!
I passed the CCDA two weeks ago on first try. It was challenging. You must know the information and be able to apply it to the case studies. Plain and simple If you don't know it you won't pass. I'm not a fan necessarily of Todd Lammle, but of good study guides. Regardless of who publishes them. Todd lays it out for you. You have to go get it! This is an excellent book. This was my main source, but I also used CISCO, A beginners guide, MASONTECH web site and the CISCO web site. I'm not just looking for some quickie cert, but build a solid foundation in order o become a great CCIE. Be a student of CISCO, don't look for some quick fix. There aren't any! Use all of your resources for exam preparation and you will do fine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not sufficient enough to pass the exam with
This book is garbage. It doesn't come close to fulfilling the exam objectives. The test prep software is a joke. VoIP and IPv6 are severely lacking as these two subjects constituted a good chunk of the exam. Too many pages written on subjects that weren't part of the exam (the trivial introductory stuff) and not enough pages devoted to the important stuff.

This was my first certification. I posted a decent score but not enough to pass. VoIP and IPv6 hurt me. I'll never use a Sybex book as source again. The other user reviews were right; I should have listened. One more thing learned the hard way...

I'm going to try the Teare book next.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't touch with a barge pole. I've flushed better. Bile.
No stars earned here.
Over 50% of the book covers maybe 20 - 30% of the exam.
The thrust of analysis is covered by 30 - 50 pages of the book and maybe 50% of the exam; the rest of the book is introductory stuff which you'll need to understand but won't be questioned on and if it is new to you you are studying for the wrong exam - CCDA is not the start for someone new to networks. And containing the documentation in "Post Design Issues" (overly short) chapter is a basic sin my old Comp Sci professors would quite rightly have had the skin flogged off my back for.

This book introduces (some of) the tools, stops short of suggesting what to do with them then goes on about non exam related stuff - Sybex, this one is more than just a technical exam.

Am I bitter 'cos I got 80% and failed this exam on my first attempt? No, I'm bitter because I knew this book throughout and it left (for me) the main thrust of the exam unaddressed - had I used only this book I would have been lucky to get 40%.

Sybex have been known to leave books an occasional bit short, but this one is in a league of its own.

After reading DT's Cisco Press, managed a clear pass - I'm still considering giving some significant use to Todd Lammle et al and Sybex's email addresses as there are no innocent parties here.

Oh dear.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fail the exam with this book, I DID.
This book is incomplete for the new CCDA exam. It is missing information about VoIP, IPv6 and general design criteria. The Cisco Press book edited by Diane Teare is much better with all the info needed to pass. The Cisco book is up to date regarding technologies as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Read this book and fail the CCDA Exam
This book provides very good introduction to the basic networking techologies. However, it does not provide much detail about designing, methodolgy and case studies which comprises about one third of exam questions. Also, SAFE, VoIP and IP v6 is covered very poorly in the book. The questions are very basic. Case studies presented in this book are well below the level of questions asked in the exam.

I will not recommend this book to anyone who is interested in passing the CCDA Exam ... Read more


145. Real World Adobe(R) Illustrator(R) 9
by Deke McClelland, Sandee Cohen
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-20)
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Average Customer Review: 2.74 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars No CD no Comprehension
I have given this book 3 stars considering 4 is the top for a book with no electronic version, or CD included with. Lets be fair, this book is to please the beginners but makes you mad if you know or worked previously with illustrator products. For the beginners: This will rise your brain content about the program and tell you about the illustrator products story and what is it for; I think it will take 2 years to understand all content and it will be a very good introduction to the subject if not the best in the world. Take it and enjoy it!!! For advanced users search somewhere else it is not for you definitely, I swear! Though I insisted that it is for the beginners this doesn't mean that it couldn't be for intermediate people of us. One big disadvantage of this book is the confusing terminology used. Adobe calls something with a name and the auther prefer another name and insist to use it in all of his book so if you don't read the book form the cover to the cover then alot of confusion gonna mess up with you. Illustration is quite acceptable, but I would prefer an example illustration and a guide below it that tells you how to achieve the job The colored plated are very un-useful thay are little and small sized. The font size is amazing because it is 12pt I guess, so you don't need your glasses...huh

5-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe this book is only rated 2.5 stars!
Looking for computer related books I used to rely on Amazon's reviews, but those here are complete mystery to me. How this excellent book can only score 2.5 stars? It's written by Illustrator veteran who's been working with it for 14 years now. This guy really knows Illustrator and was willing to share his knowledge with us. The book is logically divided (unlike some other book I examined) into chapters. It covers all the important tools. It explains them thoroughly. And it's not just a few sentences describing all the modifiers keys. It's actually description AND explanation plus usefull examples and/or tips. For instance, it's easy to describe what blend tool does. But is it obvious having such description how to create neon-like effect? Well, Deke reveals some secrets and definitely goes further then covering raw tools description.
For every tool there there is also it's icon presented, so you don't have to wonder where it could be located (unlike in the other book I've checked).
Some complains about his humorous comments. How come? They are sparse and really funny. Others complain about historical comments. Those comments are just short explanations of what has changed in AI9 compared to previous versions. Yet others do not like Deke criticized some AI9 features. What's wrong with that? If something's imperfect I want to know about it.
This book is complete and outstanding. I'd recommend it to all the beginners. Experienced users are far more demanding, but I'm sure even they will find some new tricks. Nevertheless the book covers basics, so I'm aware not everyone might want it. It lacks the CD, but that's not too important, as examples could be recreated from scratch to reinforce learning.
Note: I'm not Deke's nor Sandee's relative and I wasn't paid to write this review. It's just that this book is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
This book never leaves me looking for more. It's comprehensive, clear, and even inspiring. Well-written, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars May not be your style, but...
I have to give this book 5 stars because it has everything I need in a book about a software program. I considered myself an intermediate self taught Illustrator user until I read this book. I realized there was a lot I did not know about Illustrator. I like reading about the software capabilities before I jump in a use a new product. If you are a beginner and tend to frustrated because you can't jump in immediately don't buy this book right away: use the help provided with the program. But if you like knowing about all the features, how to customize your workspace, how to increase efficiency, and like reading more than a dozen pages at a time, this book is for you. For those who complain that there is too much intro and history: why can't you flip those pages? For those who don't like the jokes (I don't particularly care for most of them myself): just ignore them. I read this book from start to finish, thoroughly enjoyed it, and intend to use this as my desktop reference. I will also use Illustrator more often now that I know how powerful it is. Adobe should pay Deke and Sandee (if they don't already) for writing a book that encourages users to use their products.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference, but NOT for Beginners...
Even though the text is written in a very casual, conversational tone, this is not an easy read. There are over 800 pages of detailed explanations of every feature and nuance in Illustrator 9.

What it does....It explains keyboard shortcuts, dialog boxes, and options for every tool, pallette, menu item, preference, you name it. The explanations are especially helpful in the sections regarding transparencies, the appearance pallette, and the layers pallette which are new to Illustrator 9.

What it doesn't....It does not have a CD or any tutorials and does not give you any ideas for how to use the tools.

If you are a new Illustrator user, then I would suggest buying something from the "Adobe Classroom in a Book" or "Visual Quickstart" series to get you up and running, then having this book as a reference when those tuturials don't go into enough detail about a tool or function (which will happen). The Illustrator WOW Book is great for getting ideas. I use Real World Illustrator when I need to know EXACTLY how a tool or filter is going to affect my artwork. It goes into more detail and is easier to read than the user guide. ... Read more


146. ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions
by Alex Homer, David Sussman, Daniel Kent, Daniel Wahlin
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-20)
Publisher: Sams
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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As an old saying goes, "it's not what you know, it's who you know." You know what ASP.NET is and you know how to develop websites using it. But what you don't know is who to go to for solutions, tips and tricks to using ASP.NET. That is why Sams has assembled a team of authors who are ASP.NET experts to bring you ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions. Draw upon the experience and knowledge of these authors to discover the best practices, tips and tricks, workarounds, undocumented information and creative ways to use the ASP.NET technology. Insider Solutions will address common and not-so-common programming concerns as well, covering everything from application design to security. A meeting of minds as tremendous as these who authored this book is rare-don't miss out on your opportunity to learn from the best!

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5-0 out of 5 stars the subtitle to the book says it all
The subtitle to the book says it all: "Practical Insight and Advice from the Experts"

This book is loaded with useful real-world information and code snippets. Code examples are in VB only, both in the book and on the companion Website, which is an excellent resource where you can download the code in one .zip file and also run the code examples online and see the code your just ran...extremely helpful to a developer like me. I consider myself an ntermediate level ASP.NET programmer and this book will definitely help me reach the next level... but if you're already at an advanced level, I think you will still find this book useful. Wow, I really can't say enough good things about this book.

I was at my local Barnes & Noble brick and mortar store looking for a landscaping book because our new property is in need of some serious landscaping. Well, I hadn't planned on getting any programming books but I decided I had time to check out the ASP.NET section to see if anything new was there. This book caught my attention immediately, so I read through the TOC and my eyes started getting wider and I adjusted my stance to get more comfortable because I could sense I was going to be standing here a while longer reviewing the book in depth. I immediately noticed the section on "cross-page posting" near the front of the book and one of the less advanced topics covered. Well, the authors spend 21 pages showing different techniques for passing values to another page. The book clearly demonstrates four main techniques for passing values between pages, something that is done in practically every asp.net application, but many books gloss over this at best and seem to concentrate on the Post back paradigm ASP.NET was designed for or other books seem to contain similar information but spread out in different chapters of the book. What I like about the approach in this book is that the authors breakdown a problem, in this case it's "how to pass values to another page" and then you are given options and then each option is explained using words, code examples and diagrams, so any intermediate or advanced developer could figure out what works best for their particular situation. In the more advanced topics there may be only one option, but at least they present it to you clearly and in a succinct manner. The writing style is easy to read without a lot of useless anecdotes and babble.

I would also like to point out that the layout of the book is top notch... not like a Wrox book where you can get a bit cross-eyed at times. Don't get me wrong, I like some of the Wrox books and have 3 on my shelf, but the layout of this book is very logical and clean. The content, code, figures and diagrams are very well presented, probably the most user-friendly layout I've seen when it comes to programming books. It's similar to the layout of the "ASP.NET Unleashed" book but even better IMO.(both published by SAMS) Each main section has a "best practice" subsection and there are also sidebar paragraphs to highlight tips and important information.

The code examples are very helpful at getting the point across and could be used in real-world applications. All of the code examples I've tried on the compainion Website have worked for me, although I have not tried every single one of them yet. Most of the code examples in the book are presented as a Sub or Function, so that helps keep the size of the book down to 559 pages not including the index and intro pages, but the full code is provided on the Website. Many examples use the standard SQL Server NorthWind db, so if you wanted to run the code on your local machine, you need a connection to SQL Server.

(...)

There is no CD, but really no need for one because the companion Website has all the code and you can run the examples online too.

There is not one ounce of "fluff" in this book. It is 100% real-world, useful, nitty-gritty content. It is not targeted for beginners. The authors assume you've built at at least a couple ASP.NET applications already and are familiar with the basics. The layout of the book's content is such that you can skip directly to the section you're interested in. It's not a beginning type book where each chapter sort of builds upon the next, rather, you can delve into specific topics and even subtopics directly. The only minor wish I have is for more code examples, but then again, doesn't every programmer wish for more examples they can directly apply to their own applications? Rest assured, there is enough code to get the point across for each and every topic covered. ... Read more


147. Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
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Catlog: Book (2004-09)
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Adobe InDesign CS is widely regarded as the page layout/publishing program for the new millennium, and it's becoming wildly popular with users of many backgrounds, levels, and needs. Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One delivers a one-of-a-kind learning experience much like having private lessons with InDesign master and Adobe Certified Expert Deke McClelland.McClelland guides you through twelve step-by-step lessons packed with entertaining and informative real-world projects. More than 500 full-color photos, diagrams, and screen shots illustrate InDesign's many features, and multiple-choice quizzes following each lesson let you test your knowledge--and serve as an exceptionally practical tool for classroom instructors.Extra creditsections deliver tips and tricks for tapping into InDesign's most powerful capabilities. This unique, hands-on book comes with two hours of video instruction (hosted by McClelland) on CD to get you using the application right away--building relevant, real-world projects while learning fundamental and advanced concepts, best practices, and techniques for mastering InDesign. ... Read more


148. Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution (O'Reilly Open Source)
by Chris Dibona, Mark Stone, Sam Ockman, Open Source, Brian Behlendorf, Scott Bradner, Jim Hamerly, Kirk McKusick, Tim O'Reilly, Tom Paquin, Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Paul Vixie, Larry Wall, Bob Young
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Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is a fascinating look at the raging debate that is its namesake. Filled with writings from the central players--from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to Perl creator Larry Wall--the book convinces the reader of the overwhelming merits of freeing up the many iterations of software's source code.

The open-source movement has become a cause célèbre in light of the widespread adoption of Linux, Perl, and Apache as well as its corporate support from Netscape, IBM, and Oracle--and strongly felt opposition from Microsoft. Open Sources doesn't address why these Microsoft foes are throwing their weight behind the movement. Instead, it focuses on the history and philosophy of open-source software (previously referred to as freeware) as an argument for shaping the future of programming. Open Sources is much larger than just a fight with any one company. Instead, it is a revolutionary call to release software development from the vested interests that label new directions in software development as threatening.

This is not to say that opening the source code is an entirely egalitarian and communistic endeavor. These are programmers and startup owners; they want to be able to continue to program for a living. To that end, Open Sources contains strong business profiles from entrepreneurs such as Apache's--and now, O'Reilly & Associates'--Brian Behlendorf, who discusses how to give away software in order to lure customers in for specialized versions. In many ways, this is a hands-on guide, displaying an insider's view of the development process and providing specifics on testing details and altering licensing agreements. However, interspersed with tech talk is a reader-friendly guide for those interested in the future of software development. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good document - articles a mixed bag (naturally)
This is a good idea on O'Reilly's part to try to document the history and goals of the Open Source movement, which had roots in several college campuses and research labs in the '70s and '80s, and became news in the late '90s with the popularity of Linux, Apache, and the decision of Netscape to open its browser source. The best introductory piece, however, is probably Eric Raymond's "Cathedral and the Bazaar" which is not in this book(O'Reilly publishes it separately, but it's available free on the Web and short enough to be read in one sitting). As for this collection, I liked Robert Young's business case for distributing open source - his story of how Red Hat was launched reminds me of the Compaq tale of "three guys in a restaurant". The Apache article is also quite good, and Linus Torvalds offers a brief but interesting (and characteristically opinionated) article about how Linux evolved technically. There's also a good article discussing the various open source licenses (BSD, GPL, Netscape, etc) and what they do and don't restrict.

Others I was less impressed with. Stallman's article is predictable and self-serving. He explains how he evolved his software-as-gift philosophy but doesn't come close to terms with how the software industry can support substantial employment if all source is given away. There's yet another history of the different branches of BSD Unix. There's a breathtaking inside account of the launch of Mozilla which ends with the fancy Silicon Valley party when development has finally gotten underway. The low point is Larry Wall's "essay", which is a frankly ridiculous waste of time and print.

Although this is a mixed bag, there's enough reference material and interesting points of view to keep the book around.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good background material to the open source movement
It's general background and overview material and even if you don't like all articles (I disliked the one by Larry Wall, sorry, Larry, I do like Perl), it's a definite buy for people interested in software development methods in general or free software development in particular.

Mind you, it's not a scientific or very theoretical book, but it does have some opinions and theories in it (Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Tim O'Reilly).

So, if you like theory on software development, it's a definite buy. If you're a hacker already, well maybe, but you might already know parts of it.

Finally, there is definitely some anti-MS sentiment in there. However maybe it's just anti-baddd-software. Anyway, just so you know....

As far as I am concerned: buy, buy, BUY!

3-0 out of 5 stars Intresting mainly to see the differeces among the authors...
This book is an interesting window on the Open Source world. It is a strange planet with strange people. Some crazy idealist like R. Stallman (I like the guy very much), some smart and intelligent person like L. Torvald (he did a very good job with Linux). In between someone that was just in the right place at the right time, but who doesn't deserve so much space and celebrity. I am talking about a person that seems confused as the language he invented: Larry Wall. His contribution does not require further comments.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
All the essays are well written, enjoyable, informative and a great read. Anyone interested in open source software, where S/W development might be going and Unix/Linux/GNU software in particular, should read this book. One or two essays showing their age, but still worth every penny. Buy it, read it, then encourage your friends to read it as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating essays
This book was the first O'Reilly book to contain essays about the concept of Open Source and was later followed by the book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar. While some essays may seem similar to the latter, each of them are still fascinating and offer an insightful look into what makes Open Source work and why this phenomenon has become its own industry.

Among the essays here are included a "history" of Unix, essays about Cygnus (who offers a source code complier program) and Red Hat (who offers Linux), two businesses that sell services related to open source, an essay about the effects of releasing open source code for Netscape, one about the GNU Operating System and even one by Linux Torvals, the "father" of Linux.

What's continually fascinating to me the more I read about Open Source is the amount of time and energy others voluntarily put into an open source project to make it work that much better. Not to mention the entire "society" that is built around Open Source.

An interesting read, along with the Cathedral and the Bazaar. ... Read more


149. Iwork '05 the Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
by David Pogue
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150. Linux for Windows Administrators (Mark Minasi Windows Administrator Library)
by Mark Minasi, Dan York
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If you're a Windows administrator or consultant who recognizes the growing need for Linux skills, then get your hands on this book now! Linux has succeeded in finding a place alongside Windows in many enterprise-scale networks, and more than ever before, Windows administrators need to be familiar with Linux and understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two operating systems. New to the Minasi Windows Administration Library, this title is an update of the highly- acclaimed "Linux for Windows NT/2000 Administrators: The Secret Decoder Ring."Written by Mark Minasi, the world's #1 Windows authority, and Dan York, a leading figure in the Linux community, this book provides practical information on integrating Linux and Windows. Using terminology and examples that are familiar to Windows admins, the authors explain all of Linux's essentials, dispel its myths, and show how to use Linux in enterprise networks alongside Windows. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good introductions for a Windows Admin
I know most of the people reviewing this book gave it glowing reviews but I just wasn't won over by it. I had high hopes as I am quite familiar with Minasi's writings and I've been curious about Linux for some time now. So I was hoping this book would really help me launch my Linux understanding.
The book does some things really well. For instance, Minasi repeatedly draws parallels between the Windows and Linux world to help the reader understand the Linux concepts. This is often effective.
My biggest gripe is I think the book is overly biased. I found that throughout the book Minasi was moaning about how hard it was to perform certain functions or how arcane the Linux lingo was. After a while, it just got tiring. I didn't buy the book for his opinion on whether the OS was good or not; I simply wanted to learn about Linux from a perspective that was intuitive to me.
I give him credit for trying. It's probably the best book on the market for a Windows Admin who doesn't have any Linux experience. But the best on the market does not necessarily make for a good book.
Ultimately I felt like Minasi was trying to say, "Linux is a novelty. If you have the time, check it out; but it's really not worth your time." This got annoying after a while.
I'm looking for another book now.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!
The first edition of this book was on my wishlist for some time, so when I found out that Mark wrote second edition I preordered the book the same day. One reason for that is because of the author itself (I read his fourth edition of Mastering Windows 2000 Server and I was really impressed by both the technical level and comprehensiveness of the book - believe me, this man really knows how to explain complex topics in plain English with real life examples), the second reason is the fact that there is no good alternative on the market - I couldn't find any other book of this kind. Linux books tends to be targeted either to already experienced users of Linux/Unix or to total newbies without any networking/OS background whatsoever. I have several years of Windows NT experience on my back so I don't want to re-learn some basic topics that are common to all network operating systems. I was looking for a quick headstart approach to transfer some of my knowledge from NT environment to Linux. Now, that I read the second edition of the book I'm really sorry that I waited so long, if I bought the first edition it would probably saved me some hair ;-).
Here is why this book should be on every bookshelf of Windows/Linux administrators;
At first I was a little skeptic to buy a book about Linux from one of the leading authors on Windows technology, even if I knew that writing style will be superb and that book is co-authored by Linux expert Dan York. I was expecting "GUI approach" to explain basic Linux administration. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that book is all about using command line to administer Linux. This is REALLY GOOD news ! (And don't worry there is excellent chapter on setting up X environment, one of the best that I read so far.)
One strength of the book is also that when appropriate author explains or compare command or feature in familiar lingo for us NT admins, like the sentence "..To set what we'd call in the NT world the Everyone/Full Control permission for speech.txt, you would type chmod 777 speech.txt".
In my reviews I usually honor some chapters more than the others, this time I can't pickup my favorite chapter, in all 10 chapters I learned something new. They're all up to the task to introduce you to the topic and give you a headstart, for example, now I know that server in the X world is not a 'server' and the client is really not a 'client' ;-) or I also learned how the system of starting/stopping daemons work on Linux, how file permissions work on Linux and what are the limitations compared to NT, how to setup my own DHCP, DNS, FTP, Web and mail server, how to setup NFS, NIS and SAMBA, or to compile my own kernel and many more.
Considering the size of the book (less than 500 pages) I think it's one of the finest material that you can find on the topic, especially if you're NT admin starting to explore the wonders of Linux. Highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, Not Great
Most people reviewing this book either love it or hate it. I won't go to quite that extreme, but I do have to say that the book missed the mark in a number of areas.

While it is most certainly a matter of editorial discretion, the author seems to have a habit of giving some subjects hardly any mention at all, while providing us with pages of agonizing details on other subjects that most readers will simply want to skip over.

Probably the biggest lost opportunity in this book is the author's one sentence devoted to Webmin, which is unquestionably the single most useful tool for Windows admins transitioning over to Linux. There are entire books devoted to Webmin that will have most Windows admins running a Linux server in no time, and without having to learn any of the exhaustive command line skills that the author recommends.

For those who DO want to learn Linux from the inside out, there is an amazing lack of depth when it comes to basic command line skills. This book would have been immeasurably more useful if it devoted a chapter (or appendix) to explaining some of the more useful commands. I learned more about grep than I ever wanted to know, but there are dozens of just as useful commands that the author never touched upon. So, if you want to learn the most basic command line skills, you are going to need to buy another book.

As some of the other reviewers mentioned, the author comes off as being a bit snobbish when it comes to Linux; quick to complain, slow to compliment. I would rather have had the author use the space reserved for complaints and grumblings with some useful information. It does get a bit old after awhile.

That being said, the author does do a good job of keeping your attention and moves from chapter to chapter in a very logical manner. Unlike many Linux books, the chapters in this book do not seem thrown together at random. It's a book that you will most likely want to read from cover to cover, instead of just using as a reference.

Despite the author's occasional whining, I really enjoyed the book's flow and progression through various topics. The book must have been very up-to-date at the time, but is starting to show its age. The author bases all of his experience with RedHat, who is now dropping out of the "consumer" market, and only offering a very expensive server version now. Thus, RedHat is not the Linux distribution that most of you will want to start off with.

All in all, the book was well worth reading, despite its age and shortcomings. This would be a good first book for you to read if you are a Windows admin trying to learn Linux, but you will definitely need other books on the subject before even considering deploying a Linux server on your network.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Class!
This books is different than anything else on the shelf.

First Minasi doesn't spend 2 chapters discussing the history of linux. Second, this is full of concise, accurate information and examples. Third, this book does presume you are a guru, or an idiot but EXACTLY what the title says a "Windows Administrator(s)". Fourth, Minasi's wit had me laughing aloud several times. This is a FUN read. I have read (cover to cover) this book 3 times; my other books I reference.

I used this book and a few others to learn enough about linux to land a linux engineers job (from an MCSE System Admin) and grab a 29.5% pay hike. A great ROI. Paid for itself in about an hour!

3-0 out of 5 stars Skip first three or four chapters
Skip the first three chapters, 37 pages, you'll miss nothing except some bad info about Windows 2000. If you can use Partition Magic to prepare your disk for installation and the nic was identified during setup, skip Chapter 4 and start at page 101. If you can make up your own mind on where to use Linux or NT (the author didn't understand 2000 Dir. Svcs. yet so he only compared Linux to NT), skip Chapter 10 and stop at page 471. That leaves 370 pages of Linux info. provided by the co-authors. Browsing through these chapters, X seems to be an important feature. That matches with my limited understanding. Lots of important topics are mentioned but none covered very deeply. The comparisons with Windows technology weren't that important or were just uninformed (DNS comparisons ignored services) and most features, RPM for instance, don't benefit from a Windows perspective. Too bad they wasted 200 pages on fluff. That's why it gets a three. Don't pay retail for this book, it is already dated material and should be heavily discounted. As an MCSE Network Admin on NT & 2000, I saw 2000 and Server 2003 leave NT in the dust along with Linux. Directory Services and group policies are vital to distribution and central management. Linux has only SNMP so far. Soon Linux will be ready for [self-installing on] client desktops which may be it's future. Directory-based services and integrated business software (Exchange, CRM) will run on proprietary server OS's from IBM, Windows, and maybe Oracle OS in the future. Clients will stream XML of secure managed code from these servers and back via open protocols. JIT compilers and local code libraries will assemble client executables that use remote web services and data. Admins: read about web services and Mono on Linux. ... Read more


151. Word 97 for Windows for Dummies
by DanGookin
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In Word 97 for Windows for Dummies, author Dan Gookin injects the subject matter with a considerable dose of humor and carefully written advice. There's no need to worry about getting in over your head because the topics cover all of Word's most essential tasks--the ones you can't avoid. You get chatty, step-by-step instructions on navigating Word; copying, pasting, and deleting text; using Word's editing tools such as the Spell Checker and Find and Replace; saving and printing files; and formatting characters, paragraphs, and pages. You'll learn how to work with columns, tables, styles, and templates; import, export, and manage documents; perform mail merges; add graphics, borders, and shading; understand Word's Web tools; and use Word's built-in help tools such as Wizards and the Office Assistant.

Icons throughout the book signal technical tips, reminders, shortcuts, warnings, and features that work with the Microsoft IntelliPoint Mouse.Gookin wraps up the book with lists of general tips, tricks, odd and useless features, shortcuts, and reminders. As in the rest of the book, most of these are geared toward users who are more familiar with a typewriter than with a word processor or PC. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It helps---sometimes
Plenty of us are still using older version of Microsoft software, and if you're one of those this guide is as good as any. You may spend a little time searching for the answer but it's usually hidden somewhere. The book is helpful in steering neophytes away from fancy but overly complicated or even risky features.

4-0 out of 5 stars "FOR DUMMIES"? NO, FOR SMART FOLKS WHO COULD USE SOME HELP
I used to have a teacher who'd say, with a wry grin,"The wise man can always play the fool, but the fool can never play the wise man." With that in mind, I have no problem picking up a book about a subject I want to know with "...for Dummies" in the title. The wise man knows his limitations, and the wise man should have a sense of humor.

Dan Gookin lets you know out front that he's a professional writer, not a technoguru. His expertise with Microsoft Word is based on years of using it and writing about it - therefore, functional knowledge, and only as technical as need be. That's the approach he takes, in straight-forward, easy to read language.

His command of English is heaps easier to understand and apply than Microsoft's owner's manual and computer tutorial program writers. His large dollops of humor, which might be occasionally irksome, are something I believe should be requisite when using computers; you need to keep your perspective and remember hardware and software are just tools. Tools! OK, to some people they're expensive toys, too. Too expensive to make jokes about? Puh-leeze...Check this book out, it may save you time and aggravation.

This book is great for someone like me. My life does not depend upon my working knowledge of Word - but it's helpful. I am neither dummy nor beginner. Starting a few years ago, when the local public library began to offer free instructor-led and computer-based self-tutorial classes, I learned and worked with Word for my personal and home-based business use. I tend to be self-taught. A lot of what I learned about using Word to suit my simple purposes came from my mistakes. As someone said, though, Experience may not be the best teacher, but it's certainly the most painful.

Gookin has saved me some pain. He's written a reference book, not a textbook. That means you don't have to read it straight through. Just open it to wherever you want or need. I skipped the opening, beginner's stuff - I'm sure it's great and I may read it for fun someday - and proceeded directly to stuff that affected me (the care & feeding of files and folders), might affect me (functioning of the Web toolbar and HTML documents, which Gookin was dead-on about: they are a pain), to stuff that may become important to me, like Mail Merge.

Bottom line, I found the book informative, accurate, encouraging, empowering, and sometimes bitingly funny. It's like reading an entertaining encyclopedia. After Gookin is through demystifying toolbars & floating palettes, features, buttons and option windows, the hidden bangs for the buck, the ten things you should always do and a few you might not want to ever do, or even consider...well, you just might feel in control. Yeah, an average person, the computer "semiliterate," in control! Is the book "perfect"? I don't know. It did alright by me - I was looking for help, not perfection, and I believe I got it. Could be you will, too.

3-0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BOOK FOR BEGINNERS
This book can really provide a helpful dose of information to newcomers to Word '97 but it may not satisfy the intention of more sophisticated users. However, the name itself (dummies) shpould tell you who it was designed for in the first place.

The only thing that I don't really like too much about it is that there are too many jokes - almost in every paragraph that this can sometimes get you a bit turned off.

All in all it provides good reading and learning for persons who may have little or no idea of the subject and want a cheap way to learn it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative, but to much nonsense.
On page 295, in section regarding shortkeys for symbols, I can't find check mark in symbols given. Can anyone please tell me where to find the check mark? Thanks in advance!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book really helpful
The book was great read it ... Read more


152. Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training
by Garo Green, Lynda Weinman
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4-0 out of 5 stars Really good reference for beginning to intermediate
In my review for I admitted to being a Lynda convert, and so I am. I am a freelance web weaver, and Dreamweaver is my HTML editor of choice. I also teach web design and development in Southern California, so I am always looking for good references to use in class or tell my students about.

Like other books by Lynda Weinman, the Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training is well written and comprehensive. My one and only complaint is that her HOT books are targeted mainly for folks who are new to web design, so some of the in-depth, nitty-gritty details I might be looking to add to my arsenal (I've been building web pages since 1994) are sometimes lacking. This book is no exception to the rule.

This particular text has several advantages over other Dreamweaver references for several reasons:

1) It's written in English, not "geek".

2) It includes tons of screen captures (mostly grey-scale), step-by-step instructions, AND a CD-ROM with lesson files. This allows you to follow along with the book and do EXACTLY what is shown in the text.

3) It contains practical tips on typography, image optimization, and cross-browser compatibility.

4) You don't need a crane to pick it up. ;-)

Unfortunately the book glosses over some of the fine points about using frames, tables and layers in web designs, but these points are minor when compared to the strengths of the book overall.

If you are just starting to learn Dreamweaver, or if you are an intermediate user who is looking for an easy to use reference, I highly recommend adding this to your library!

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good course book for beginner/intermediate
It reminded me of Adobe's 'classroom in a book' books. The lessons are well thought out and advance the reader from basic concepts to intermediate, and some advanced concepts. I liked this book over a lot of reference-type books in that it forced me to press the buttons and understand the concepts by doing them ("Learning by doing" -quote from back cover of book)

There was a chapter on HTML which isn't a prerequiste for learning dreamweaver, but useful. There's also chapters on javascript behaviours, layout, typography, and using GeoCity to put a website online. The book is a decent reference, although its strength is in its tutorials, and as reference it is unable to cover all of Dreamweaver's features. It also only covers the standard version of Dreamweaver, and not UltraDev. Overall, the book is a good purchase if you need to learn dreamweaver 4 and plan to actually read it through.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get It
I had the opportunity to attend Garo Green's Dreamweaver Weekend in Ojai in early '99, right about the time DW2 was released. Being more oriented towards intuitive graphics programs (ie: Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark), I found the process of using HTML editors daunting, to say the least; web authoring is a whole new ball game for the lowly digital artist. Learning curve notwithstanding, Macromedia Dreamweaver seems to be the most highly recommended web authoring application on the market, with its (relative) ease of use and superior execution of HTML code. Version 4 has introduced tools to help make the transition from conventional page layout to web page management less painstaking than it was in previous versions.

Helping it along is the highly personable approach that Garo and Lynda have integrated into this book, which does, as other reviewers have stated, offer an introduction to the program that is both comfortingly simple and stimulatingly comprehensive. The frustrating thing about the tutorial that ships with Dreamweaver is that it starts you off working with already-created files rather than creating them yourself from scratch, as if just knowing how the tools function will be enough. DW4 H.O.T. offers several from-the-ground-up lessons that are never too drawn out (in fact some are over before you know it!), that are presented in plain English and are well explained when they are not so plain.

This does not mean once you've read the book, you will be an instant webmaster .... there is a LOT to remember, and it is not one of those programs you can just "figure out". The material and exercises are presented in a spirit of fun and enthusiasm for learning this challenging and powerful tool, with just a few editing faux-pas here and there (which would only confuse the OS novice), which lend it that sort of folksy Ojai feel one would get from participating in an actual workshop. One thing I personally appreciated was the time they take to explain all the options you get in the dialog boxes that open for the various tools, even the ones you might never use, why you should use them, and what ones you can pretty much get along without. Not to mention how to avoid all the useless, annoying warnings that come up when you're about to execute a function. Macromedia's kinda funny that way.

Overall, as a learning tool, this is an outstandingly helpful volume for those of us who haven't a lot of time on their hands to sit down and try to get a grasp on an art program that requires an almost totally different approach than what one may be used to ..... it really is like having a gentle teacher watching over your shoulder, guiding you patiently and saying "Good job!" when you complete an exercise. I may end up checking out their Flash 5 book if it can make learning that program this painless (and I thought Dreamweaver was rough ... ).

Summary: Best HTML WYSIWYG editor - Dreamweaver. Number One choice to make learning it less of a nightmare than any other out there - this book. Have you read a good school lately?

5-0 out of 5 stars You¿ll Be a Web Designing in No Time
This is the book you're going to want to have if you're still running System 9 on a Mac. Hey, don't act so surprised, there are still a lot of people out there who are. System X is great, the Panther is superb, but good old System 9 is still the workhorse it always was and it's quick as the devil, especially on my older G3 machines.

Others have said it, and I'll second the motion, this "Hands-On Training" book should have been the one to come with the official program. Garo Green and Lynda Weinman from lynda.com assume you have only limited knowledge of how your Mac works. No knowledge of HTML is required. If you can work your mouse, you're ready to go. You'll be designing your first website in no time at all. This one gets two thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
This book was great and very helpful! This was the fourth book that I tried to learn Dreamweaver and it was extremely helpful. It was very helpful to train with each chapter. It helped to remember also. If you learn by doing, then get this book. You won't regret it! ... Read more


153. Network+ Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
by David Groth, Todd Lammle, William Tedder
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The Network+ certification from CompTIA, designed to certify the knowledge of networking technicians, continues to gain popularity. Sybex's Network+ Study Guide, Deluxe Edition is the only self-study package for the Network+ exam (#N10-002) that combines comprehensive instructional material with sophisticated network and operating system simulation software. And it comes to you at a tremendous value (less than the retail value of the simulation software alone)! With this premium product, you get the leading CAQC approved Network+ Study Guide which provides in-depth coverage of all official objectives plus two valuable CDs. One CD includes advanced testing software with four bonus exams, as well as electronic flashcards for both PCs and Palm devices. The other CD contains a fully functional Virtual Lab (33 hands-on labs and 33 review labs) that simulates a network environment consisting of Windows, NetWare, Linux and Unix servers, hosts, and clients. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Try Another Book
I can only give this book a lukewarm recommendation since it appears to be very outdated even through it was recently published. Most examples and discussion were on Windows 95/98 and NT 4.0. Hardly any mention of Windows 2000 and almost none for Windows XP except the in the lab. Also almost no coverage of Linux/Unix. Finally, the book is not very well organized and covers the same material in multiple chapters.

The virtual lab supplied with the CD in the book is probably the best part and provides some value for beginners but is too simple for most students taking Network+.

2-0 out of 5 stars He's not Todd Lammle
I was previously CCNA certified when I took this test, thank goodness. I was hooked on the Sybex series because of Todd Lammle, what a great author he is. This book was not clear, even inacurate. Level two datagrams are called frames, not packets. Packets exist at layer 3 of the OSI model. This error kept popping up, if I didn't know the real answer I would have missed the question on the test that related to this. The book did not discuss token ring well enough for me, as I have never used it. I would suggest finding another book or going through a Cisco Networking Acadamy, you can get both your CCNA and your Network + certification that way. I felt like I wasted money on this book even though I passed the test the first time. Look elsewere

And remember that layer 3 datagrams are called packets, layer 2 datagrams are frames...hence frame relay which is a layer 2 technology and packet filtering capabilities of routers which operate at layer 3.

3-0 out of 5 stars not bad, but confusing
This book wasn't bad, but I didn't feel it was well written. The author gives you the bare minimum of what you need to know with little to no explanation. Unless you're A+ certified, you may be lost, as the author uses very technical terms and doesn't "dumb it down" for newbies. I'm not saying the book isn't complete or doesn't cover the exam objectives; it covers everything you need to know. I just felt the author's writing style was hard to follow. I bought the All-in-One Certification guide (Michael Meyers) and I feel it is much more well written and easier to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Text and sim all in 1 place - nice job!
Take a well known author for A+ and Net+. Add in a highly respected CCNA Author. Add to that a highly successful book for Network+ certification. Finally throw in a lab simulator and package it under through a publisher well known for producing high quality technical reference manuals.

Now you have the perfect study tool for the Net+ Certification. David Groth and Sybex have teamed up to give you an updated text for Network+ and thrown in a lab simulator to make the chance of passing the exam first time better than ever before.

I found that the OSI breakdown is not only perfect for Network+, but also the A+ class I am teaching benefits from it as well. Groth also has a great 200 pages for TCP/IP, again the explanation is written for all levels making a perfect learning and teaching tool.

Once again the text is technically up to date and accurate. The team has certainly done everything here including hands-on labs, practice questions, tips and tricks.

There are 2 cd included, one with practice exams and the other with the simulator. What should be included in either a separate lab manual to use with the simulator or the lab manual as part of the book.

Overall you have both a first rate book and simulator. If you are looking for a good set of tools for the networking, then you may just want to start here ... Read more


154. Operating Systems (3rd Edition)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, David R. Choffnes
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The third edition of Operating Systems has been entirely updated to reflect current core operating system concepts and design considerations. To complement the discussion of operating system concepts, the book features two in-depth case studies on Linux and Windows XP. The case studies follow the outline of the book, so readers working through the chapter material can refer to each case study to see how a particular topic is handled in either Linux or Windows XP. Using Java code to illustrate key points, Operating Systems introduces processes, concurrent programming, deadlock and indefinite postponement, mutual exclusion, physical and virtual memory, file systems, disk performance, distributed systems, security and more. New to this edition are a chapter on multithreading and extensive treatments of distributed computing, multiprocessing, performance, and computer security.An ideal up-to-date book for beginner operating systems readers. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. TERRIBLE!
This is simply an awful book. The content is terrible and the design is worse. There are much better books available in this market with clear explanation, appropriate selection of topics, and from authors that actually work with OSs (the real author on this, Choffnes, doesn't semm to have any experience with OSs - research, practical or otherwise). This is not the way to learn this important topic. You would be much better off with the Silberschatz book, which I learned from and have taught from. Even Tannenbaum is a much better choice. Stay clear.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ugly, Ugly, Ugly...
For some unknown reason, the publisher chose to set the table of contents, all the chapter headings, and all the section headings of this book in a cutesy cursive typeface -- in brown ink, no less. (If you squint, it looks a little like Tolkein's "elvish" writing.) This makes it very hard to find topics in the book. It even makes browsing the table of contents painful.

TO THE PUBLISHER: This is a reference book. It is NOT a novel. It should have been designed to make it easy to find things by browsing. It seems to be another case of modern textbooks favoring style over substance. Shame on you.

TO THE AUTHORS: Find another book designer for the next edition. As technical authors, your responsibility to your readers is to communicate information -- NOT to impress people with how cute your book looks.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of learning operating systems theory
If your not an expert in computer science, or even if you are just a beginner, you'll find this book quite useful no matter the operating system you work with. This is also an entertaining book, since it can be read from the beginning to the end the same way you could do it with an exciting novel.
Concepts are explained very clearly and, if you'd like to go deeper in any topic, there's an extensive bibliography for every chapter. The document's structure is the same along the book, beginning with introductory text, an ending with a summary of concepts.
Don't be afraid if you're not a brilliant hacker. This book explains everything in such a friendly way, that it makes operating systems theory appear easier than other operating systems books do. Everybody can learn from it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Classic concepts
I'm a student and currently studying Concurrent Systems (in an IT Degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia) and have been reading Jean Bacon's 1998 text "Concurrent Systems".

I discovered an "old" book at work called "An Introduction to Operating Systems" by Harvey M. Deitel, revised First Edition 1984. Much of the information on processes, asynchronous concurrent processes, monitors, semaphores & deadlock were all still current and I found some of the text easier to absorb.

Obviously the case studies where out of date, but the concepts remian solid. In a field that changes so rapidly and texts date, this has remained useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Great book ! This book will take you through all the important concepts of the operating systems. It's easy to read, and one reading pass should be enough. Examples are clear and well explained. It's also great as a reference if you are working on/with operating system. The book is appropriate for begginers (knowledge in basic computer science is required), but advanced topics and profound details could be interesting also to an advanced reader. The names of the chapters are well chosen, and the overall book partitioning and information order is excellent. At the end different case studies are given, so you can understand the concepts you've learned in practise. Case studies include System V Unix, DOS, MVS, Virtual machine, Apple Machintosh, OS/2 - should satisfy all interests. Although I've read 1990. Second edition, all important topics are up to date - students still learn about deadlocks, scheduling, monitors.... ... Read more


155. iLife '04: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-09)
Publisher: Pogue Press
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iLife '04: The Missing Manual gives you everything you need to unleash your creative genius with iLife '04, Apple's suite of five programs--iTunes 4.6, iPhoto 4, iMovie 4, iDVD 4, and GarageBand--that is revolutionizing the way we work and play. David Pogue, creator of our Missing Manual series (you know, those indispensable books that should have been in the box), wants to make sure there's nothing standing between you and professional-caliber music, photos, movies, and more. His iLife '04: The Missing Manual gives you the essentials of every program in the iLife '04 suite. Pogue covers all the features, capabilities, and limitations of each program, and delivers, in one volume, countless goodies you won't find anywhere else: undocumented tips, tricks, and secrets for getting the very best performance out of each and all of these life-changing new applications. iLife '04: The Missing Manual: it's your guide to livin the iLife! ... Read more


156. Perl How to Program, Introducing CGI and Python (With CD-ROM)
by H. M. Deitel, P. J. Deitel, T.R. Nieto, D.C. McPhie
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Asin: 0130284181
Catlog: Book (2001-01-25)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 109273
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's My Choice
As a professional consultant, I have to be ready to provide the client with a quality product. At times, a client will have a change of mind. That's what happened to me when I suddenly found myself requiring a working knowledge of PERL. I bought Deitel's PERL book, and was very impressed with their writing and teaching style. This book goes much more in depth than any of the "Teach Yourself..." books, and the text is clear. The CD that is included had everything I needed to begin writing PERL. I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great second (or only) Perl book. Very comprehensive.
This books covers a lot. Probably more than any other Perl book I've read. It's a great reference or to fill in the gaps other Perl books left out. I am not new to Perl and I have probably 20 Perl books--and being the Perl freak I am, I buy any additional books that have anything I can read--and this book is one of the top 4 or 5 most read Perl books. It covers a great deal of aspects, if you only get one or three Perl book(s) in total, this one is highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor CD installation ...dies in the middle
I have only read the first chapter. Looks okay. However, I bought it with CD rom at original price (not from amazon) and I have such a hard time installing it. The Damn thing doesn't install on either of my win2k machines nor on Red hat 9 which I dual boot with one of my win2k.

I am really frustrated.

1-0 out of 5 stars I¿m falling asleep
Because of my school, I own 4 of these hideous beasts. While the books contain a rich assortment of information on their particular subjects, they can be verbose in the extreme. Additionally, they seem to be poorly organized as some other reviewers have mentioned. It is very difficult to pick up these books and stay interested for more than 5 minutes. I've had to purchase other books to actually learn the languages and utilize the Deitel books as references. Some people may find these books to be fine; I suspect we all learn differently. If you enjoy books that get right to the point and with better organization, look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is not just an ordinary programming book!
I am a computer system and network engineer for more than six years in Japan. I should state that I am not an experienced programmer in Perl or any other programming languages but I have some basic and limited knowledge in VB and Java. I have studied many computer text books but frankly saying the Perl How to Program book, is an excellent textbook as well as a handy reference book among the best books that I have studied so far. Not only it is well written but also the structure of the book is sorted and categorized in way that even non-native English spoken individuals can easily get the required understanding of programming language without trapping in ambiguous words and phrases. I have also bought the Learning Perl (Llama) but the Llama textbook is not a good textbook for the beginners who are eager to learn programming language from scratch, and the structure of the Llama for instance; the examples and the explanation of important subjects are insufficient, in addition there are some words and phrases which have been used in the Llama's main texts that I looked up in many English dictionaries and vocabulary sources but I have not found any description for them, the words such as "hoozistatic" and "fizzbin". Therefore I recommend the Perl How to Program to anyone who is eager to learn Perl programming language as well as the techniques of programming of any other programming languages from scratch! ... Read more


157. The Mac is Not a Typewriter, Second Edition
by Robin Williams
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-17)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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One of the most popular Macintosh books ever written, The Mac is not a typewriter has been called the "Strunk and White of typography." Best-selling author Robin Williams's simple, logical principles for using type to produce beautiful, professional documents are as true now as they were when the original edition was published in 1989.This updated edition includes new examples and expanded information dedicated to the practical advice that made the first edition an enduring bestseller. Throughout, Robin shows you the small details that separate the pros from the amateurs:typographer versus typewriter quotation marks, en and em dashes, tabs and indents, kerning, leading, white space, widows and orphans, and hanging punctuation. If you prepare documents, you'll find The Mac is not a typewriter, Second Edition an indispensable guide. And those who read your documents will recognize the work of a pro, even if they don't know a curly quote from curly fries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars She said it first
The reviewer identified as "sonpraises" says: "What is important for the non professional typist to know (use "smart" quotes, don't space twice after a period, italicize instead of underlining, create a long (em) dash by typing shift + option + -) are widely discussed in other places."

They are widely discussed because Robin Williams brought them to the world's attention with the first edition of this book.

Robin said elsewhere that the Macintosh brought about the greatest revolution in printing since Gutenberg. She was in the forefront of this printing revolution, giving people information once known and used primarily by printers, teaching graphic design and typography to the newly developed industry of desktop publishing.

Some day we won't need Robin's book, because people will have forgotten the conventions used on a typewriter to show emphasis and the limitations of a typewriter's keyboard and mono-spaced type, and their computers will automatically provide smart quotes and em dashes. Until then, The Mac Is Not a Typewriter (and its twin, The PC Is Not a Typewriter) needs to be read and shared.

5-0 out of 5 stars All your documents will look better because of this book.
The information in this particular book is indispensible to ANYONE who prepares documents for print, whether it is a newsletter, a poster, or a simple business letter. Even things as simple as pointing out how to create an em dash will make all your documents look better. Robin Williams has an excellent writing style that lends itself to repeated readings. She has written many books since, many of which elaborate on the points in this book, but this is still the one I recommend to people who want to know more about type. I gave this book to someone who was producing a school newsletter, and the publication went from ransom note to cohesive publication overnight! If I was teaching a "Word Processing 101" course, I'd use this as the textbook.

4-0 out of 5 stars Succinct reference for everyone.
Much has changed in the desktop publishing world in the eight years since the first edition of The Mac is Not a Typewriter but the basic rules for creating professional-level type have not. Prolific Mac writer Robin Williams updated her style manual to remind all of us of the importance of proper style in professional and personal communications. With only 80 pages, it is a quick read of common problems and mistakes including line spacing, quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, underlining, capitals, tabs, spacing, justified text and includes two appendices summarizing rules and shortcuts. Inclusion of the history of typesetting and manuscript styling and her sense of humor transforms a rather dry, textbook-like subject into an interesting and fun read. Who doesn't use their computer to prepare documents? Though the title might not grab the attention of some readers, don't be fooled. Everyone can benefit from this style manual.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
Hands down, this is the most important computer book I have ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you have a Mac, you need this book.
This is a must have book. Why? Because a Mac and the typographic capabilities built right into it allow you, a regular person to create professional level documents and you need to learn a new set of rules. The typewriter is a horse of a completely different color. This books explains what your Mac can do, how to make your documents better and the rules of the road when it comes to creating much better documents. All in a fun and easy to read way. Enjoy your Mac even more with this book. ... Read more


158. Java: How to Program, Fifth Edition (Student Solutions Manual)
by Harvey & Paul) Deitel & Associates
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-10)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excites the brain, create an insatiable desire to learn java
The way this book is written, challenges the mind, which I love.
Most books give you step by step instructions, and when you are finished all you know how to do are the programs you keyed from the book. This book actually gives you the tools you need to figure any problem, not just the examples they use in the book.
I found myself constantly excited about each chapter, calling friends saying you won't believe what I just learned and getting them caught up in my excitement. This does for the brain what a well planned and well thought out diet and exercise does to the body. I loved the way they used programming examples to not only show the new concept but also show different ways of doing thing or view things previously learn.

This book gives you the tools which allows you to learn to explore the world of java, not just know some concepts.
It kind of remind me of the saying you can feed a man or teach it him to fish.

I also love the fact that one of the authors is an educator and the other is from the business world and the fact that they believe in the book so much that they grant excess to themselves for questions and/or comments via email.

I have purchase 2 editions of this book and will purchase any new
edition when released. ... Read more


159. Python How to Program (With CD-ROM)
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Jonathan P. Liperi, Ben Wiedermann
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-04)
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Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Deep - Excellent intro to OOP and Python
An excellent intro to Object oriented programming in general and Python in particular. A real hefty volume. Wish I could afford it.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for learning and mastering Python
I am a practicing mechanical engineer who's programming experience is based mainly in Fortran90. I wanted to learn Python as quickly as possible, but in a well structured manner. I tried learing Python from the book 'Learning Python', but became discouraged after a few days when the discussion became disjointed. 'Python How to Program' is an excellent book and reference for Python. It is extremely thorough covering many topics including object-oriented programming (three chapters) and web programming. This book will form the foundation of my Pyhton library. Each Python subject is introduced in a simple manner and then proceeds to a more advanced level. Many examples are presented with thorough discussions in each chapter. Detailed summaries are presented after each chapter. This is an excellent book for self-study. I have recommeded it to many of my engineering colleagues.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Recipe for Disaster
Previously, I reviewed the "Java How to Program" book and found it to be a terrible waste, sure to take all the fun and creativity out of programming, and lead the readers down a path leading only to a pit of talentless drones. So when I saw this book on the shelf, I flipped through it, hoping that the free-wheeling nature of Python might have lead the Deitels towards a more enlightened approach to instruction. I quickly found that this book has many lessons to teach (although precious few that I would agree with). For example:

* Python programmers are NOT having more fun than Java (or other) programmers; all languages are equally stultifying.

* Learning a language is a tedious task, centered around learning features of the syntax in a prescribed order. (This is like learning to cook by trying ingredients one at a time in alphabetical order, without ever trying to put together something tasty.)

* The practice of programming has no underlying principles, only an endless series of questionable tips presented in overly-garish multicolor pages. (You'd be better off with a single chapter of "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs" than with anything in this book.)

* Programming is inherently boring, involving endless repetitive typing; it is better for the programmer to do a lot of work than to expect the computer to. For example, consider this masterpiece of brevity from chapter 4 (Fig 4.7):

===================================

import random

frequency1 = 0
frequency2 = 0
frequency3 = 0
frequency4 = 0
frequency5 = 0
frequency6 = 0

for roll in range( 1, 6001 ): # 6000 die rolls
___face = random.randrange( 1, 7 )

___if face == 1: # frequency counted
______frequency1 += 1
___elif face == 2:
______frequency2 += 1
___elif face == 3:
______frequency3 += 1
___elif face == 4:
______frequency4 += 1
___elif face == 5:
______frequency5 += 1
___elif face == 6:
______frequency6 += 1
___else: # simple error handling
______print "should never get here!"

print "Face %13s" % "Frequency"
print " 1 %13d" % frequency1
print " 2 %13d" % frequency2
print " 3 %13d" % frequency3
print " 4 %13d" % frequency4
print " 5 %13d" % frequency5
print " 6 %13d" % frequency6

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(Note I use "_" for blank because Amazon won't indent code properly.) This is 36 lines (52 if you count the copyright notice) for something that a grade-schooler could tell you (I know -- I've asked) is better done with 7 lines:

import random

def roll(sides=6, n=6000):
____freq = [0] * sides
____for roll in range(n):
________freq[random.randrange(sides)] += 1
____return freq

I find it a case of unconscionable student-abuse to suggest that it is permissible to write a function such as Deitel et al. present, but I suppose they had their reasons: perhaps they hadn't introduced lists (or functions) yet. Perhaps lists (or functions) didn't fit readily into their idea of the right order to learn concepts in BASIC (which must therefore be the best order to learn concepts in every other language).

If you want to learn Python, or learn to Program with Python as your first language, try another book such as "Learning Python" or "Programming Python".

If you want to ensure that you won't appreciate why Python is the way it is and why it is interesting; if you want to make sure that you'll be a drone of a programmer with no chance of doing anything creative at a good company or school, by all means stick to this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars really quite good
I was also a technical reviewer for the book, and really liked it. Even considering the price of the book, I think it's quite valuable, because it explains the basics of so many topics in a manner that makes sense. If you are new to programming and would like to try out different things to see what you might like, such as web programming, XML, designing windows (lowercase 'w') that will work on a variety of platforms, databases, sockets, etc., you may find that this book provides material you would otherwise look through a literal stack of books to find. No programming book is perfect, but I think this one is pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not have any Perl information
The book has a lot of hand waving but no concrete information on Python where it matters. For example there is no comparison of it with Perl. In fact they never say how the two can work.

Also the authors do not cover at all the Meta Object Protocol of Python or for example how it does virtual pointer-based interface inheritance. These are important concepts that a student of Python must know. Also missing is any information on the transmutation of objects under constraints.

All in all, way too elementary. ... Read more


160. Beginning Dynamic Websites : with ASP.NET Web Matrix (Programmer to Programmer)
by DaveSussman, JamesGreenwood, AlexHomer, ColtKwong, JohnWest
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-08)
Publisher: Wrox
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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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What is this book about?

With this book and Web Matrix, you'll be developing your own powerful ASP.NET websites in no time.

You'll start at the beginning, learning how to create graphical web pages in Web Matrix. Then you'll use Visual Basic .NET and databases to add the dynamic features usually seen in expensive commercial websites. You'll finish by looking at some of the expert ASP.NET features — writing our own controls and web services.

Even if you've never programmed before, this book will take you right into the world of professional web development. You'll be amazed at how easy it is and how much you can do.

What does this book cover?

With this book, you will learn how to

  • Go further than just static HTML websites, by using a programming language. We will get you building real dynamic websites right from the beginning
  • Change the content of your pages quickly and easily by using databases. With this book, you'll learn how databases work, and how to make the most of them.
  • Add interactivity to your website by creating your very own guest book, and allow people to leave message with emoticons.
  • Create content you can distribute to other websites, and learn how to automatically update it all over the Web in one go!

Who is this book for?

Users of any edition of Microsoft Windows XP, or 2000 — ideal for beginners — no HTML knowledge is required.

Warning!

Microsoft has informed us that the version of MSDE distributed with this book is susceptible to the slammer worm. Microsoft is providing a patch for this version of MSDE at the following URL: http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/updates/sdkfix/default.asp.

If you have installed MSDE using the CD in the book, and wish to protect yourself from this virus, you should consider applying this patch. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, good examples
This book is a not bad introduction to ASP.NET. The reason I purchased it is I really needed to master Web Matrix ASAP and Mr. Sussman's book was quite helpful in accomplishing that goal. Of course, it is better to begin with Visual Studio since Web Matrix is somewhat limited resemblance of Visual Studuo but Web Matrix has something nobody could resist - it is free.
Make sure you learn as profoundly as possible chapters about datagrids and reusable content; these two are absolutely irreplaceble components of practically any online database application. Also pay attention to inclusion of namespaces at the very top of your code, it is forgetable. The only thing which was not working for me is Web Services. Other code samples work fine.
I would recommend to start with this book to anybody who needs to master ASP.NET.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Thorough Introduction to Interactive Websites
I am new to programming.

This book starts at the beginning: building a graphical web page in Web Matrix. Following a entertaining blend of practical, funny and insightful steps, in a short period I was using Visual Basic.Net and databases to add dynamic features, controls and web services.

I was amazed at how easy it is to do. This book provides an enjoyable was to grasp a firm foundation in ASP.NET programming.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book I found to start ASP .NET
You will be amazed when you read it. It is a step by step guide. I highly recommend this book for ASP .NET so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great book for beginners (static to dynamic web)
I am a college student having some programming knowledge but totally new in dynamic/ data-driven web creation. I found this book really helpful to get started from static to exciting data-driven stuff with ASP and MSDE. Although WebMatrix has a limitation(which was developed by a team of people from Microsoft at their spare time), it's a real great tool for beginner to get to know how to install database engine, create a data table, link to your web form with drag-n-drop and some hands-on coding (provided in the book). If you need to go on to industrial level, this book or WebMartix won't help.
Chap 1 starts with step by step instructions on how to install .NET framwork, MSDE (you need this if you don't have SQL running), then WebMartix (which has its own web server, you don't need IIS to run samples from the book). One of the great styles of this book is easy-to-follow-and-understand examples which has "Try It Out" & "How it Works" section which explains the code line by line in detail. I found Chap16 and 17 really helpful for general knowledge on "Web Services" and "Beyond WebMatrix," but make sure you finish this book first, then go on to more exciting Visual Studio .NET (which is a "bigbrother" of WebMatrix)
Oh..2 case studies at the back of the book, which explains step by step how to make a guestbook, reconizing customer and "log-on" stuff..and the CD includes some software WebMatrix, MSDE, etc..
Thanks to David Sussman and Wrox P2P

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book for vb.net Beginner to start with
Simple, practical and it really work out for beginner to get into the .net world with good understanding. I think that it is good for the adcadmic institue to use this book for .net beginner class too. ... Read more


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