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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CIO Wisdom: Best Practices from Silicon Valley
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Dean Lane, With Members of the CIO Community of Practice, Inc. and Change Technology Solutions, Silicon Valley CIO Round Table
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Calling all aspiring CIO's

An excellent read for those IT enthusiasts who aspire to become a CIO. "CIO Wisdom" provides insight into the life of a CIO and the challenges facing those who accept the responsibility. Can be used as reference even after reading it from cover to cover. I can't wait to read their sequel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET in a Nutshell, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie, Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great for VB Developers

If you're a C# developer and you don't feel like converting all the VB code to C# code in your head, don't buy this book. The last 300 pages of reference have all the method signatures and what not in VB syntax. Pretty painful to use as a C# developer.
I'm returning mine and looking for another reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good choice for quick start

I'm able to compile and run the examples, using the 30-day trial Studio from Pramati.com, which also looks very good (Hint: to invoke servlet in ... /servlet/ part )

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pragmatic ADO.NET: Data Access for the Internet World
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Shawn Wildermuth
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A pretty good ADO.NET book

I guess I'm the odd man out here b/c I didn't rate it five stars. I'm an ADO.NET junkie and while the author did a pretty good job on it, I wasn't impressed. His command of the material is excellent but the whole thing was kind of boring. (Not saying I could do any better). Maybe it's just because I've read just about everything I can find on ADO.NET before I read this, but I just didn't get the feeling that there was much new material or that he presented any new ways of looking at things.
With that said, it's a thorough discussion of ADO.NET and he doesn't leave anything out. It's definitely a good reference book and even though I 'say' I'm somewhat disappointed, the book is definitely a 4 overall, and as far as technical content goes, it's cleraly a five