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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows 2000 Core Requirements, Exams 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-218, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Guides!!!

Microsoft press its interested in forming, instructing. to pass my mcse exams im using 2 sources for studing. 1rst microsoft books and secons osborne books. the first one gives me the information the second preparsme for the exam, so i wont be another exam passer i be an it profesional.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax, Ron Petrusha
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Mighty small nutshell

If you are looking for a good language reference on VBScript, then this is it. I use this book to help me when writing ASP applications, and it is a life saver. Any programmer or systems admin (like me) should get this book. Would be nice if it had a few examples of how to use some of the objects. Other than that, it is a great book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

I won't go too much into it because it would overlap the other reviews. This is really a good book, just like "Design Patterns". If you have that one then you need to get this one. If you don't then you need to get both. All examples in this book is in Java but it easily applies to all other languages. You may already be doing some 'refactoring' without knowing it but this book solidifies the concepts.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction to programming

The negative reviews that are showing up really distress me--these seem to be missing the point of the book entirely. This book is not about Scheme, nor LISP, nor anything particular to the language and environment. It teaches you the fundamentals of programming, both in your code, and what happens to your code during and after compilation. The concepts that you learn from this can be applied to any language out there. This book covers pretty much everything a beginning programmer needs to know, and in a clear manner. While the material does move rapidly, and becomes dry in parts, that is unfortunately the nature of the beast--exactly how exciting can you make learning efficient compilation techniques? :-)