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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
Excellent book

This book is epitome of how all textbooks should be written. This is the kind of book I am used to getting from SAMS publishing.
You can tell the authors took their time and did not appear to be trying to beat a deadline as one of SAMS other books I purchased recently.
If you do not know ASP read this book and you will be very, very comfortable with it when you are done. This book makes you want to start coding web pages immediately. You just want to wallpaper the Internet with your ASP pages.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP Power Tools
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jim Boyce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Windows XP Power Tools - Best of Breed

Windows XP Power Tools is a jewel for advanced and power users of Windows XP, both the home and professional versions. It is well organized and can be read from cover-to-cover or by individual sections. Each section covers the topics in detail with excellent examples and illustrations.
Windows XP Power Tools is not just a rehash of vendor documentation or other authors that leave out important information. Rather, each topic is presented in enough detail to be complete and really useful.
To me, a good technical computer book allows the reader to stand on the shoulders of the author to get a jump-start on rapidly evolving technologies. The author, Jim Boyce seems to have broad shoulders on which to stand.
If you are an advanced computer user and want good, focused information on Windows XP, then get this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional UML with Visual Studio .NET
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Andrew Filev, Tony Loton, Kevin McNeish, Ben Schoellmann, John Slater, Chaur G. Wu
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
You're in for much confusion

In the best... excuse me---worst tradition of WROX this book is yet another example of incoherent fragments and inconsistent writing. The reason I broke my rule and bought a WROX book is because there's hardly any (if any at all) decent documentation on Visio and it's *real-world* applications by and for developers. No, this book is not a complete waste of money, but it could be a thousand times better. Read on.
The funnies thing about this book is that right from the outset one of the authors promises that the book would cover *one* and only one real-world solution as opposed to other books who feed you different examples all the time. I read this book from cover to cover and yet... every chapter laid out a different example! ? Note to authors: can you guys at least talk to each other? Let along sync up content.
As far as editing goes... Was there editing done at all? You'll see a number of annoying typos and strange grammatical errors. I also found errors in a few diagrams which is worse than typos.
Chapter 1 starts off with a brief introduction and overview of UML and its basic concepts. It's neither comprehensive or clear enough for beginners, nor is it useful for those who are not new to UML.
Chapter 2 is a nice "tour of Visio" even though they messed up a couple of diagrams so don't count on their accuracy. Very much for beginners.
Chapter 3, "Diagramming Business Objects" is worth the money you paid for this book.
Chapter 6, "Documenting the Project" is totally out of place. It goes back to the basic UML diagram, and whoever wrote this chapter, drew the diagrams in a pretty unorthodox way. A bizarre chapter to say the least.
Chapter 8 is another reason you might want to own a copy of this book. It presents a short yet informative introduction to ORM, creating a database from a model and reverse engineering an existing one.
To sum it up, two stars for the effort and *some* useful content. To those who wrote Chapters 3 and 8 thank you. Other than that---a very sloppy job by WROX yet once again. Not worth the money at all. Get it from bookpook.com for much less or download for free from Usenet.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Finally, a book to make people think. Hofstadter has created a text for those who are bored with the general complacency exhibited in the modern world. I encourage anyone who wants to be challenged in thought and perception to read this book. Enjoy.