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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A fun and educational book for all internet users


I enjoyed this book tremendously. The authors capture the mood and history extremely well, and manage to make the reader feel like they are there watching the ARPAnet unfold right in front of them. The book is thoroughly researched, and provides just enough technical information that the lay person can follow. It's been especially fun learning the origins of the internet conventions, such as the @ sign and emoticons, that we take for granted in our daily use. A must read for any regular user of the internet who wishes to understand it a little better.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MPLS and VPN Architectures, Vol. 1
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Ivan Pepelnjak, Jim Guichard
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book


I found this book as an excellent reference for VPN Classes and Architectures and MPLS based VPNS. It is very well written and very easy to follow...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good book


I agree with many of the below comments -- I went from knowing nothing about HTML to being able make very nice pages with nothing more than this book. My only detraction is that it is somewhat weak on concrete examples that the readers can learn from (in comparison to other computer texts).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical C++ Programming, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Oualline
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Practical C++ programming


This is one of the better books on learning how to program C++ that I have seen. The book is intended for someone who has little or no experience programming so a large part of the book is dedicated to basic syntax with C and C++ examples. The book is also good for experienced programmers who want to learn C++.
Most of the book is devoted to the basics of C++ coding starting the traditional "hello world" program and ending with some more advance topics like linked lists and binary trees. There is a good section on the standard template library, something that is very hard to find in any book on C++ I've seen.
The book also spends a lot of time promoting design, coding style, and testing which is sometimes left out of books that teach you how to program. He also covers a lot of useful ideas on what not to do as a programmer helping you to avoid common traps that programmers can get into with C or C++.
On a critical note I think I would like to see a few more coding examples. He does seem to cover the information quite quickly and maybe this could be a problem for someone who has no experience with compilers and coding.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn C++ and basics of Object Oriented programming. The book uses standard C++ code so it is not tied to any specific compiler or programming environment.
Carl Fritch,Sr. Software Engineer Ingenix Corporation.