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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Best book so far, but could be better

Most of the C# books up to this point have focused only on the language--not how to use C# along with .NET. The Wrox "C# Programming With the Public Beta" is the only competition to this book. The Wrox book was full of mistakes + it barely skimmed the surface of C# .NET programming. Andrew's book is well written and has only a couple of errors that I have spotted so far. My major gripe with this book is that it ignores for the most part, how to use Visual Studio.NET effectively to create .NET applications. It is good book to understand how to cobble together applications that run in the console window and create "handmade" classes and objects, but it does not go into very much detail about how to use and leverage Visual Studio.NET to build apps. If you are a VB developer, you may have a difficult time understanding some of the topics. Andrew comes from the Visual C++ ATL world, and assumes the reader has his same background. Luckily for me, I am a VC++ developer. Overall it's the best book out there as of 7/8/01 on C# and .NET, but it could be better. Maybe Professional C# from Wrox press will hit the mark better.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Java(TM) 2, Volume I--Fundamentals (7th Edition) (Core Java 2)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Cay Horstmann, Gary Cornell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Seventh Edition - little change

This is the seventh edition of this book and in some ways it hasn't changed much since the first edition. The first edition was aimed at C++ programmers who were looking to transition to the new language. The seventh edition is still fast-paced and detailed and aimed for the experienced programmer. This is not an easy-to-follow tutorial for the beginner programmer. The authors assume that you already know the basics of programming even if it isn't with an object oriented language. The book might make a fairly good college textbook but not as a first language.

The book covers the main areas that you would expect in an introductory Java book with a few surprises. The book gives a little bit of the history of Java and shows how to install and run Java from the console and Eclipse (but not NetBeans). There is an early introduction to reflection but exception handling isn't covered until well into the book. Swing is covered in a fair level of depth. J2SE 5.0 changes are covered throughout the book with the many examples written to show off the new additions to the language. Threading and Collections are not covered but rather are saved for volume two.

Overall this is a well written book but the target audience is getting small. How many C++ programmers can be left that don't already know Java? If you are looking for an introductory tutorial then this book may be a bit too advanced. Through seven editions, Core Java has changed little other than to reflect language changes. Perhaps it's time to rethink the franchise.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: David James, Simon Russell, Graham H. Seibert
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good overview and highlights on certain topics

.... Who has put every effort to bring this book in the market. This book is a one stop shop for businesses implementing Oracle Financials. It's time to come with similar books on other modules too. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Designer's Guide to VHDL
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter J. Ashenden
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
No VHDL Simulator

Tired of rummaging through numerous VHDL books to find information on how to model computer architectures, processors, and pipeline architectures? Look no further, this one has it all! Easy to read, follow... to the point! Plenty of good examples! The included VHDL simulation software from FTL is a welcomed plus for students wanting to test their designs on their home pc before running them under some school simulator.Nice job! Now, if someone could write a decent computer science graduate level book on Algorithm Design and Analysis...