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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great HTML book

I do not have this current edition of this book, but the edition that I have is the best HTML book that I have. It is layed out so that it is just as easy for a beginner to read through as it is for a pro to use it as a reference.
It works even better if you use it in conjunction with other books as well.
It is good for beginners also because it is easy to understand and it uses pictures so that beginners can actually see what the actual HTML code looks like.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Serious, understandable, professional

Many times you find books that tell you "How To" but hide the concepts underlying their topic. This book is an exception: The principles and architecture is explained in a well understandable way.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PCI Express System Architecture
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Authors: Don Anderson, Tom Shanley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PCI Express Book Review

This book provides an another resource in addition to the PCI Express Specification. This is helpful since I'm at a small company where no one else is working on PCI Express at the moment. The book is well written and well organized. It is useful to me as a system architect as well as the other guys in my group who will be the designers on our next ASIC project.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Ivor, you've failed

I began programming with Ivor Horton's Beginning Java 2, JDK 1.3 Edition. It was excellent, full of pertinent information, well organized, informative... everything I could want. When I wanted to learn C++, I bought a book by the same guy. It was a big mistake.
This book spends too much time on really simple concepts and does not sufficiently explain others. For example, enumeration types are lavishly explained in such a way that somebody could easily read the pages (that's more than one page about a special int... YIKES!) about them seven times without understanding that each is just an int with a named set of values. I also particularly dislike some bad formatting, unnecessary time spent on how to use an IDE, and the complete ignorance of the printf() function in favor of the less efficient cout stream.