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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Studio Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
Authors: James Avery
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Help for any Visual Studio User

The O'Reilly 'Hacks' books are great.

After you are familiar with using Visual Studio, you will find that periodically reading the 'Hacks' books will give you ideas about nifty little things that you can do. There are an even hundred hacks that cover all areas from setting up projects to extending and enhancing Visual Studio.

At its core, Visual Studio is just an editor, but it is quite a powerful editor with numerous features to increase productivity. There is a chapter and ten hacks on the editor section alone. And there are two additional chapters on Navigating and Customizing the editor to make it do things easier, faster or simply more suited to the way you choose to work.

Finally there is a discussion on various types of third party add-ins that can be used to further extend the feature set. It is a great relief to have someone else test the add-in before you spend time finding out that it doesn't do what's advertised.

Anyone who uses Visual Studio without reading this book periodically is not working as efficiently as he could. O'Reilly does professional quality books for professional programmers, this one is true to their heritage.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jack Unger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Buyer Beware! This book is GREAT...!

Whether you're an experienced LAN/WAN professional or are new to the field and looking to "get your feet wet", this book will enrich your knowledgebase and possibly open new doors of opportunity for you. Being an experienced LAN/WAN professional with 19 years of experience and dozens of certifications, I thank the author for not filling the book with dry-humored jokes, useless "real life" experiences, and confusing diagrams/ illustrations. This book is grammatically correct (except for 2 spelling errors), technically accurate, focused, and very helpful whether you're pursuing wireless certification or not. Beginner and experienced networking professionals will appreciate the "vendor neutral" content of the book. The book is published by Cisco Press, but contains no specific references to CISCO brand hardware/software. I believe this makes the information even more useful to technicians and installers who work with varying vendor equipment. While many concepts and methodologies are the same, this book is true to its name and offers little help in the way of assisting you with indoor WLAN deployments. The wealth of useful information contained in Appendix B, "Wireless Hardware, Software, and Service Provider Organizations" is absolutely priceless and much appreciated. The book contains no CD-ROM or marketing material (kudos!). Published prior to the finalized 802.11g standard, the book primarily covers 802.11a and 802.11b technologies. Both Mr. Unger and Cisco Press deserve a round of applause!Disclaimer: This is an honest review - I do not benefit from it in any manner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux for Non-Geeks
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Rickford Grant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for ... non-geeks

This book makes you feel very safe when you first jump into Linux by providing you installation discs of Fedora Core and giving you background info on how things are done in the world of Linux. For instance it tells you how installing programs works, which is surprisingly very different from Windows, and it gives you step by step instructions on doing basic things like that.

Although this book is good at showing you how to do things you once did in other operating systems - which may be good enough at first - I felt undereducated. It didn't really tell you how the core of Linux works. Good primer, but you need to do your own exploring to know it all it seems.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Dan Shafer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Intuitive and Easy to Learn from Book

I purchased both PHP Anthologies; Designing without Tables using CSS; Build your own Database Driven Website using PHP and MYSQL and Build Your Own Website Using ASP.NET. The only thing missing from all these books is a firewire port that I could some-how connect to a new futuristic device that would transmit all the information into my brain quickly and painlessly. Now there's an idea! :D