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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(tm)2: A Beginner's Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt, Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice and simple

This is very easy to follow and does not assume any previous prgramming experience for real and gives very good explaination chapter wise.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
terrific waste of time

There are many things wrong with this book, but perhaps the worst is its shameless lying when the authors promise you profound knowledge of computer science and end up delivering a cheezy promotion of Scheme. They only concentrate on aspects of programming as it involves Scheme and don't make any effort to teach computer science as an art or as a science. They don't teach anything that's applicable in general, or will give you better understanding of the issues involved in writing good software. All they do is present trivial topics such as basic data structures and programming example, and it's all using Scheme. I ended up learning Scheme and nothing else.
There are plenty of other good books which cover the art of programming so generally that you'll find information useful in any programming project. For example: Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest "Introduction to algorithms", Knuth "The art of computer programming" (3 volumes) ... these are all highly regarded books. All I hear about SICP from students and professors alike is that they wish the book ceased to exist.
Don't listen to the others on this page...the book won't teach you to be a better programmer, and it won't teach you how to understand programs. It'll simply waste a lot of your time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Most comprehensive VB book I've read

This is the most comprehensive, clear and concise VB book that I have read. It is packed with many advanced tips and source code which actually works!! I added this book to my list of favorite Visual Basic 6 books on my "Visual Basic Book Reviews" web site in a hurry. A must have resource for all VB6 programmers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Guide

An excellent book which ties together multiple aspects of Web programming under one cover. A must for professionals trying to grasp the architectural alternatives available to them to design web based applications. Smooth and clear writing style facilitates accelarated learning.