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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Essential reading - but not for beginners

A must have book for a serious COM developer

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Good for Begienrs, not thorough!

I bought this book two months ago. As a beginner, I found it very easy to understand and to master the basic structure and basic syntax, however, when I finish reading this book and ready to put it into practice, I found that this book lacks more details about the Cascading Style Sheet and some other useful tags. In fact, I learned more things from Webmonkey about the CSS rather than in Chapter 9 in HTML Definitive Guide. Anyway, it is a book for Freshman who wish to learn HTML.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Do yourself a favor - skip Part I

At first, I couldn't understand why this book had been so recommended by someone I trust (nor why it gets such good reviews, here). It seemed grossly padded with gratuitous screen shots, and ridiculous long IL disassemblies. There were all sorts of pointless low-level details - it was as if Richter was unable to forgo telling us about any detail that had taken him time to master.
Then I got to Part II, and everything got much better. The number of words per page shot way up, and the screen shots and code listings were much better chosen. The writing is limpid and unaffected; the detail level is just about right. I agree with those who point out that the title is misleading - this book is much more about the CLR and CLS than the FCL - but I did learn quite a bit from it, and think it was time and money well spent.
I don't know why Part I is so bad. Perhaps he actually wrote it in a rush, at the end. Perhaps it's just cobbled together from magazine articles he wrote while .Net was in beta. (Chapter 19's discussion of garbage collection, for example, is very similar to his November 2000 "MSDN Magazine" article that's available online.) It doesn't matter why, though - you'll appreciate this book a lot more if you read the first three chapters last, or not at all.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A shortcut to the most important knowledge in software dev

Joel cuts to the chase and gives you the advice that matters the most.
All based on excellent real-world experience.
Thanks Joel! I read your articles on the web long before the book got published and yet here I am, finding hard to let go of the book wherever I go.
And I'm having a heck of a good time enjoying Joel's humor!