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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book.. Could be the only ASP.NET book u need


This is my first book for ASP.NET. I like it very much so far. The book flows easily as such. But some of the topics are covered in incosistent depth. For example, the authors went nuts about ASP Controls (the chapter#5 is about 150 pages long!! Out of which the Calendar control is more than 50 pages long!!!). Some topics are, on the other hand, have bare-bones coverage. The editor(s) should have fixed these kind of problems.
But overall, the authors have done pretty decent job. This can safely be your first (and may be only) ASP.NET book. For some areas here and there you might need to refer else where.
Watch out for the unavaoidable evil in computer books... errata. Looks like the authors used different code base to generate the screen shots :-) Make sure you check their website before pulling ur hair.
Despite its minor short-comings, its a very book to learn ASP.NET. It has enough detail to pull off a non-trivial project. Don't let the size intimidate you! It is because of code duplication in both C# and VB.NET.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If I could, I'd give this book 10 stars! :)


I just wish they required this book for CS Students in college. It could cut my frustrations in half in the average day of being a programmer. It helped me immensely improve my programming skills and gave me some practical advice on how to deal with the Non-programmer types in the office that keep trying to "help" me out. This is absolutely a must read for any programmer out there regardless of platform.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: JNCIA: Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Joseph M. Soricelli, John L. Hammond, Galina Diker Pildush, Thomas E. Van Meter, Todd Warble
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
JNCIA: Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate Study G


This is a great book! It will not give you the test questions and answers for the test. What it will provide is a great source of information relating to routing and an introduction to Juniper's routers. The depth of information in Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate Study Guide is sufficient to pass the test. The questions in the book and on the CD require the same level of understanding as the actual JNCIA exam. In fact I scored the same on the bonus exams (located on the CD) as I did on the actual test. I have been working with Cisco equipment for over eight year and with Juniper routers for a little over a year. I have my CCNP and CCDP. With my background, this book and three weeks, now I have my JNCIA certification. Don't take the JNCIA certification test lightly. I would rate it at the same level as the CCNP and CCDP. With this book and some time you should be able to pass the exam.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Big Kahuna


They key thing to emphasize about this book is "Windows." This book does contains little information not pertaining to the user interface. Moreover, information about the registry and DDE is completely omitted from this book.
However, there are chapters on Multitasking and Multithreading, Sound, DLL's, and Internet. While these chapters exist, they are once again geared toward the windows interface aspects of it.
Another key thing to remember about this book is that encompasses the Win32 API. This book does not touch on Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) at all.
Given the above information and limitations, this book is the definitive guide to Windows user interface programming for C programmers. This book begins with an in-depth discussion of Unicode, and the importance of internationalization of applications. he book then progresses through the Windows user interface, beginning with simple Windows creation and manipulation operations, and continuing through graphics and canned dialog boxes. This book also contains in depth sections on device control, including the mouse, printers, and timers.
If you are developing applications for commercial use, or will need to handoff development to other programmers in the future, you will need this book. The sections on internationalization were key for me, and helped put things in perspective for me on developing applications for broader markets outside the United States. However, I only gave this book 4-stars because of the omissions outlined above.