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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art and Science of C : A Library Based Introduction to Computer Science
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Eric S. Roberts
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A well written book with essential programs that don't work


I have to admit that I liked the book in the beginning. I thought it was well structured and clearly written. But my question is what is the use of a good book if you can not even run the programs because the extended libraries won't work as advertised. The publisher and the author ought to share the responsibility to lessen the burden on the readers by making sure the down-loaded programs indeed work. The added frustration is: where to turn to if they don't work. Please test the programs to make sure they will work for new versions of C/C++ compilers or at least give us a warning or even charge a fee for the patch. What a headache trying endlessly to make Roberts' entended libraries work!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Solutions with ASP.NET and ADO.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: DINO ESPOSITO (WINTELLECT), Dino Esposito
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good stuff


Finally a book that has examples that WORK!!!!!! Unlike a well known red-bound competitor, it seems that a little more QA was involved in this book. It reads well, has concrete examples, and is written in C#. It goes into excruciating detail on late and early binding of controls and the use of grids. If you're a web programmer who churns out reports that draw on data from SQL Server (like the majority of us poor slobs who work for a website rather than owning one), then this book will be quite helpful. Dot net is cool.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a good book


This book is very difficult to use if you work with MS IE. Almost every comment in the first few chapters discusses only what works on Netscape and Mac. I stopped reading after a few chapters. (This is really a one star rating, but Amazon didn't post my first comment with one star, so let's try two stars).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Struts book


I have a couple of other books on Struts, but I generally prefer this one. It's up-to-date (as of today <grin>). It has a good section on tiles, which was of particular interest to me.