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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A letter to Mr.Kauffman


I knew nothing about ASP, and after reading it cover to cover was able to develop ASP pages that made database calls with a great level of confidence. This is one book I refer back to over and over again for it's great examples. A well-written book that is easy to understand and follow. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn ASP, regardless of their experience level.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential reading for the intermediate programmer


This book contains 50 pieces of good advice for improving your C++ programs. Each of the 50 items contains a concise discussion (usually about 5 pages) including examples. The 50 items serve as guidelines (as opposed to hard rules) for writing quality code, and the explanations give you an idea as to why the guidelines are important, and why they should usually be followed.
I'd recommend this book to the programmer who's reasonably familiar with C++, but is not yet a "guru". (The gurus already have this on their bookshelf!). I'd also recommend it to the C/Java programmer who's learning C++, as it discusses a lot of potential traps that await the unwary C++ programmer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hey! I could do this!


I buy my computers already built because "I don't do hardware". I have never understood how all the cables and slots fit together. But I may change that habit after reading Building The Perfect PC by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson (O'Reilly).

Chapter List: Fundamentals; Choosing and Buying Components; Building a Mainstream PC; Building a SOHO Server; Building A Kick-Ass LAN Party PC; Building a Home Theater PC; Building a Small Form Factor PC; Index

As stated above, I have never done well with hardware. But my son has absolutely no qualms about swapping things in and out, sometimes for no real reason other than to open up the box and do it. Some of that must be rubbing off, as normally I wouldn't even be interested in a book like this. Now I'm glad I got it. The authors do an excellent job in explaining what each component is, how it works, and what considerations you need to keep in mind based on the type of system you want to build. After explaining all that, they take that information and apply it to building five specific types of systems, one of which probably comes close to your needs. And most important, there are pictures! Lots and lots of pictures of components being installed, screwed in, plugged in, and fired up. For those of us who haven't done a lot of hardware assembly, we appreciate that. :-) Armed with this book, you could easily walk into a store like Fryes and walk out with everything you need to build your own PC from scratch, *and* have it work when you get done.

A superb, well-done book that will end up being the basis of at least one father-son project in this household. If I had found this book about six months earlier, I might have ended up building my son's computer instead of buying it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good for Beginners and Experts


I've been using Photoshop for years and I was still saying "I wish I had known that" as I read this excellent book.