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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book makes it easy!

I have absolutely no HTML experience, yet I am able to grasp the concepts quickly and easily thanks to short, concise paragraphs and helpful illustrations. This is a great "how to" book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably the Best Programming Book (any Language) Around

This mighty volume (not only the many pages, but also the extremly small print in a very terse style) constitutes probably the best programming book around on any language. Yes you must be somewhat familiar with C++ beforehand (casually is enough), otherwise you won't bootstrap into it. But its worthwhile reading even for non C++ programmers. You do not only learn what possible and how, but also general programming ideas in a very clear, terse and practical way. The only comparable book is Bertrand Meyers "OOSC", where you learn as a sideeffect Eiffel. So buy it, read it, recommend it.
Yes there is also a negative point: the binding is very thin and barely survives the first reading. Bigger letters would be nice. Also the contents should be spread into at least three different books so they are more easily read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for serious programming learner.

I've been programming for over 17 years, Basic (old time), Pascal, C, C++ and started taken a class in VB. This book was required reading by the professor. I read the book from cover to cover in 4 weeks. This book did cover a lot of different topics but each one left you wanting more. There was never a real good understanding of any topic/method/property. Some thing was always left out. So for you to attempt something other than exactly what the examples show you, you had to jump back into MSDN to find the answers. The early part of the book covers the basic syntax of VB. This was handle pretty well. But once you got into the more advanced area's it fell far short of helping you understand what was needed to actually do any work. Again back to MSDN for more help. The topic of database management was so weak that I had to buy a second book just so that I could do some practical work. The topic of OOP program was more of a joke. However I don't know if I blame this on the author or VB not being a true Object-Oriented Programming language. Coming from Pascal and C++ I'm use to true inheritance not this "interface inheritance/delegation". The author also has a bad habit of not given you enough of an outline before he dives into a subject. Understanding what the author is going to attempt to do is very valuable. Also key methods, properties, functions.. were added to examples and then not talked about until the chapter was almost over. You would see new things in the example code and have no idea what or why they were there. Some items were missed all together and again back to MSDN to find out the what/why. When trying to explain some example code the format was almost impossible to follow. Everything was bunched together with very little or no organization. Some times key issues are assumed by the author, like the first time he uses a control array in an example. Bang, your just suppose to reconginize what a control array is? I don't think so. It would have been nice to be forwarned that, "in this example I'm going to show the use of a control array using radio buttons.." I would never have bought this book if it was not assigned by the professor.
Now I will save a few good things about the book. There are alot of coding examples. Sometimes hard to follow but it does get you started. The author does cover a very wide range of topics. This hurts the book in that there isn't enough time devoted to anyone of them. However the variety is nice in that it shows the depth of VB. I didn't key in all the examples but the ones I did seem to work, with the exception of the Web Browser. I could never get that to work. The FTP, HTTP, Microsoft Agent worked first time. I didn't try the code off the CD for the Web Browser so I might have been something I did.
Again I would NOT recommend this book. I'm sure there are much better ones out there for the beginning VB programmer. The professor never even followed the book. He just used it as reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0: Deluxe Learning (Deluxe Learning)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource

This package has EVERYTHING that you will need to learn V.B. 6.0 and compile executable programs on your own. The step-by-step manual goes at a good pace for someone with little programming experience. The programmer's guide book and MSDN Help Library have the information necessary for those going beyond the 'Basic'.