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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
A Fantastic Introduction to TCP/IP


I thought I knew a lot about how TCP/IP worked internally, but after I got this book, I revised my opinion of myself. This is a fantastic book. Clearly written, with excellent diagrams and explanations. I found myself sitting in a comfortable chair, reading this book from cover to cover, strictly because I was learning so much about TCP/IP, and learning it so fast.
I cannot emphasize enough how clear the writing in this book is, and how helpful the diagrams are. If you are a System Administrator or a Network Administrator, this is absolutely required reading. I love this book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Lighting & Rendering
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeremy Birn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Lighting & Rendering for the rest of us


At my college the graduates are required to take lighting and rendering class. For the rest of us, we have this wonderful book that explains how light reacts to all surfaces by showing with color pictures of each senario. This book has improved my look and feel of my thesis without the need for paying a high tuition fee. I would definately, recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very useful book


I am new to ASP but have being coding in VB 6 and decided to purchase this book. I was not disappointed at all. This is an excellent book for those new to ASP.NET. I use this book daily and it has provided me with information need for me to build my first ever web site. My web site is data driven and includes a member's only area taking advantage of session state, form authentication using SQL server, templates you name it. All by using this book by Stephen. He not only knowledgeable about the technology, but he also discusses the pros & cons on why to use one over the next. This is very valuable because you do not waste time trying to decide how to implement something. He tells you. Well-done Stephen.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Dan Shafer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
High Expectations, Disappointing Delivery


The title of this book - 'Designing Without Tables Using CSS' - led me to believe that I'd found a tutorial to teach me how to develop a Web site using CSS for layout. The subtitle further stoked my enthusiasm: 'A Practical Step-by-Step Guide'.
Boy, was I disappointed...
The second half of the book is a property reference undoubtedly culled from various online sources. The first 100 pages of the book trundles through the obligatory, tiresome overview of CSS that really has no place here. The rest of the book does focus on building a table-less site, but the author has not logically arranged his material and instead of delivering an annotated tutorial wanders hither and yon, discussing topics that sometimes pertain to the site he is trying build, and sometimes not. It seems that the author couldn't make up his mind, on a page-by-page basis, whether he wanted to write a CSS tutorial, overview, or reference. As a result, he failed at them all.
The quality of the writing itself isn't bad. The author has a friendly, readable style. In places, though, his pen runneth over, and a good editor could have tightened things up.
This book could have been done in half the pages if the author had focused on the tutorial and left the overview and reference for other books. A good printed tutorial on 'Designing Without Tables Using CSS' would have been invaluable. The author should have had faith in his material and written one.
At $39.99, with no Amazon discount, the book is grossly overpriced. It does have one of those nifty spines that let you lay the book flat without it closing, but there is no interior color, and both the paper and the print quality are sub-standard, leading me to believe that the book was published by a vanity press instead of a commercial printer.
You can judge the book for yourself by going to sitepoint.com and downloading the first couple of chapters. Read before you buy.