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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too simple

Worst book ever from Chris Sells. No real explaination, touch and go...this book should named How to use C# with VS.NET instead.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book to learn from

This is /the/ book from which to learn Cocoa programming. The author writes in a clear, friendly, and engaging style. There is a minimum of typographical errors. The end-of-chapter challenges are challenging, but not so much so as to be discouraging. The book really keeps you going, and you feel more confident and capable as a Cocoa programmer as you progress. And once you've finished this book (and, preferably, the Objective-C Programming book from Apple available on the vervante.com website), you'll be ready to write non-trivial Cocoa programs on your own.
From there, you'll be able to learn more by reading the documentation Apple includes with the free developer tools, by searching Apple's cocoa-dev mailing list archives, and by visiting the various Cocoa-oriented websites. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing there are no other worthwhile Cocoa books.
On the other hand, this book is great. The only nit I can pick with it is the way the last several chapters seem to have been hurriedly written (or edited poorly), as they have little or no detail given in some cases. But, overall, the book is well worth the time and money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's OS/390 and z/OS JCL
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Raul Menendez, Doug Lowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A highly recommended and reliable tutorial

Collaboratively written by experienced professional programmers Raul Menendez and Doug Lowe, Murach's OS/390 And z/OS JCL is a comprehensive, and exhaustive tutorial, reference, in the form and formate of a complete and effective guide to understanding the JCL used to run programs on an IBM system. From the basics of JCL operating system code, to writing code in JCL yourself, to mastering time-saving features, tape data sets, and much more, Murach's OS/390 And z/OS JCL is a thorough, step-by-step book that guides anyone with even the most cursory experience in operating systems down the most effortless path. Sample programs and meticulously presented ideas help clarify the solid computer science foundation of this essential, core reference for anyone who needs to concern themselves with the ins and outs of JCL. Murach's OS/390 And z/OS JCL is a highly recommended and reliable tutorial that will aptly serve the user as a continuing reference work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is good stuff

So many of the books on SQL server seem to be by people who know less than us working DBA's and developers. This is the real stuff. Excellent, and thank you.