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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This Book Rocks - Straight forward and Well Presented

I found this book is quite simply one of the best step by step guides to ASP coding techniques. As a beginner it would give you an excellent structured guide, as an intermediate coder, this book fills in all the gaps. Each chapter consists of clear explanations followed by a practical quiz. Kudos to Scott Mitchell & James Atkinson in delivering such a practical book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java & XML, 2nd Edition: Solutions to Real-World Problems
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Brett McLaughlin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Updated version of an excellent book

The first edition of this book was considered one of the best on the subject of Java and XML. This new edition has expanded to include the developments in Java and XML over the last year. The author gives a little less handholding on the basics of XML reducing a three chapter introduction in the first edition to a one chapter summary. SAX, DOM, and JDOM all are covered in detail with each topic getting an introduction and an advanced chapter. JAXP 1.1 is covered in sufficient detail. After the introduction to the basic Java/XML APIs, the author moves on to some other interesting topics.
The chapters on web publishing frameworks and XML-RPC haven't changed much since the first edition. New chapters on SOAP, Web Services, and content syndication are welcome additions. The book ends with a look at data binding and JAXB.
The examples in the book are extremely clear and concise, explaining each topic well without being overly simplistic. As with the first edition, the author assumes that you are familiar with Java but unlike the first edition he assumes you have a basic understanding of XML.
If you are a Java developer and you are going to be working with XML then this book is required reading. The coverage of the Java/XML APIs is excellent. As for the other topics, it is a good introduction but for anyone working with SOAP or Web Services, other books will probably be required.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding book - should be mandatory reading

I have used many of Jesse Liberty's books in the past to get to grips with many programming subjects - Clouds to Code, Beginning Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with C++, and more recently, Programming ASP.NET.
Jesse is one of the best software authors of our time. He has an uncanny ability to predict the questions that you will ask and respond to them in the text. He does this very well in this book.
Having said that, this book *IS NOT* an idiots guide to C#. It is not a good first C# book unless you are bringing OO skills from another language like C++ or Java with you. The book covers everything you need to know in a well paced tutorial with plenty of examples.
To me, the best thing about this book is the support that Jesse provides through his web-site. He is such a great teacher and always has time to help.
If you have already started in C#, or have C++/Java experience and are looking for something with more detail, this a great book.
I believe that this book is an absolute must! You can't go wrong.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Finally I understand C++ (and a lot more OOP)

I thought I knew C++ well, until I read this book. This is really a great book. While learning more of the C++ programming language, I also learned more of Object Oriented Programming. This book doesn't only show HOW the language works, but also WHY it works like it does. It shows alot of what happens "under the hood". There are also alot of examples where he shows how C++ differ in some aspects than C, and also the C++ equivalent of some old C stuff. The exercises at the end of each chapters are also very good. If I have to choose a negative point of the book (only if someone put a gun to my head), it would be that the chapters are a bit long. But hey, if you're a C++ programmer and haven't read this book yet, buy it now, you won't regret it.