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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent and thorough book for non-Windows programmers.

I've found the basic WIN32 topic well covered. However, I've been looking for a good discussion of the List View and other common controls. Most of them are basically ignored in this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Network+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Media Syngress
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Judge a book by it's cover!

If you want to pass the exam, then buy this book. If you want in-depth knowledge of networking, than go with something else. Having said that you may wonder why I gave this book 5 STARS. It is because this book does specifically what it is marketed to do, Help you pass the Network+ exam. Even on the cover itself it does nothing to try and hide this fact. If you look for key features like: Don't Let the real test be your first test, or when it says STUDY GUIDE instead of REFERENCE BOOK, or includes more than 300 exam questions, and the book isn't that long (672 pages of which maybe 450 won't be the Appendix, glossary, or chapter headings) so it will not go in-depth on a topic that is as broad as networking. These are all dead give aways that identify a book as being merely a test book. Even the book description above states:"Network+ Certification STUDY GUIDE offers classroom-proven pedagogy that is mapped directly to CompTIA's Network+ objectives with the SOLE PURPOSE OF HELPING CANDIDATES PASS THE EXAM." If I wanted a book to help me pass a Windows NT exam I would buy, "MCSE In a Nutshell." If I wanted an in-depth understanding of Windows NT, I would Buy "Windows NT from QUE". When shopping for a book ask yourself for what purpose am I buying this book for because there are few books that act as both good STUDY GUIDES AND REFERENCE BOOKS.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VB and VBA in a Nutshell: The Languages
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The one-stop reference for the VBA programmer.

I agree this is one of the best books on VB on the market... The O'Reilly books are perfect as reference and sharpening your skills.
For those who are "familiar" with VB this book provides concise coverage of the VB Language features and tips and "gottchas" on using them. He has information on what REALLY works in VB and little quirks that work in some cases, but not in others....
For those upgrading from VB5 to VB6 this is the perfect book. It covers VB5 and VB6 features in detail; and annotates which apply to each. You don't need to buy an expensive library... this book has it all (except VB components... which is in another O'Reilly book). I don't have to go through a thousand books to find the language feature I need. Mr. Lomax's discussion of error trapping is one of the best I've seen.
The appendix of Visual Basic Language Constants gathered together in one place is worth the price of the book alone.
This is the book to have.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb and authoritative text!

It's only recently I discovered Deitel's publications, but I was impressed. As a recent IT undergraduate, I have long searched for a book that is truly written for beginners. This text ranks on my top-ten list. Not only is it presented in color and easy to read, it's superb for those who have only the very basics of programming experience and want to move forward. This is a ground-up text that actually presents programming from a teaching perspective because it gives assignments and provides a wealth of chapter review questions. No wonder it's a popular selection among university instructors throughout the world. Many similar texts unilaterally seem to lack all of the basics of object-oriented programming, and try to teach beginners how to program through mere copying of code. Not Deitel & Deitel. This is the real deal: clear, concise, comprehensive. As a WORKING professional in technology, I highly recommend this book for those who want to learn how to program in C++.