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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Much better than "Learn to Program w/ VB 6"!!


Coming from a C++ background, I was completely lost when I started out using the VB MOC "MCSD Training Kit". "Step-by-Step" filled in the gap nicely. You need no prior experience with VB to start using this book.
The layout of the book approaches excellence. I would summarize its design as "do first, then learn the details". This approach maps well with how humans learn best - thru mimicking first, then rational thought.
Each lesson in the book is self-contained and easy to follow. Lessons 1 thru 7 are "mandatory" after that, you could really just pick and choose what you want to learn about. The code examples in the book are just the right amount - not too little, not too much. The accompanying CD contains all the sources and supporting files the course material requires.
One or two of the lessons require Word and Excel. One lesson requires Outlook. A small beef is that the book did not mention that it had to be full blown Outlook and not Outlook Express.
While it not for the experienced VB programmer, it is invaluable for programmers new to VB. Overall, an excellent pre-MOC source to learn the basics of VB.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaServer Pages, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Hans Bergsten
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good content, but bad organization


I purchased the book based upon the O'Reilly reputation but I was very disappointed in this product. I don't feel the examples progress in complexity in a way that is conducive to learning. Often, the author refers to examples in previous chapters as he builds code relevant to the current chapter. Why should the reader have to go 4 chapters back to see the code that will allow you to navigate to the page under discussion? He also has an over reliance on code snippets instead of sacrificing the page real-estate to show the entire example for the sake of clarity. I also was surprised that the focus of the book is entirely on the JSTL with very little discussion of the core Java language.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports .NET Programming
Publisher: Bischof Systems
Authors: Brian Bischof
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
World class and a life saver


Brian Bischof is an excellent writer, and this is a great book.
If you are .NET programmer who wants to create Crystal Reports to go with your applciations, this is a must-have book.
Well written, thorough, comprehensive, well-illustrated and highly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Bible of C.


I'm sure I can't add much to all the other reviews.
Hands down, this is the book for you if you have some previous programming experience and want to learn C. Complete novices will want a more hand-holding approach that will explain how to operate the compiler and so forth. (Sorry, I can't make any recommendations there.)
I learned C in 1992 using this book, which is at once mercifully short, well-written, and authoritative. It is also surprisingly complete and can serve well as a reference after you've learned.
I prefer C: A Reference Manual for that, though. C: ARM is more complete, detailed, and better organized for reference. It is also legendary for accuracy.