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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great for beginners


Until recently my programming experience was limited to the early 80's with Apple Basic (on the II) and Atari Basic (on the 400). I have a good command of logic, but knew nothing of syntax.
I found this book helpful with learning the syntax of C++. It does present ideas VERY slowly, and assumes the reader has a basic understanding of C.
If you have minimal experience with C, and are not looking for an in depth study of C++, this may be the book for you.
If, however, you are looking for good reference for serious programming, you will need to look elsewhere.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The author notes......


I wrote the parts of this book over the last year as handouts for the database section of my Intermediate ASP course. Then over the summer I fleshed it out to stand without my lectures. Kevin and Willis added some great sections in the second half on working with SQL stored procedures and handling various types of image files in databases. My students have been great about suggesting where to do more explaining and where to tighten up. As a result the manuscript fits quite closely to the way people think about and learn the concepts of data access in ASP.
At the end of each chapter you can take my quizzes and do some exercises (with answers) so you can test your progress. I keep lists of the errors students make in the lab, if your code doesn't run I'll bet you can solve the problem from each chapter's Common Errors list.
I'm the first to admit I'm not the handsomest model for the cover photo, but if you can get past that you'll have 800 pages of my experience in teaching people how to add information from datastores to their ASP pages.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Verbose Garbage


The authors seem to believe that the simplest concepts need to be illustrated with overly complex diagrams and hugely complex SQL statements. The concepts contained in this book are not complex, although they are portrayed as such. If you want a fantastic introduction to SQL, get Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, 2nd ed. by Ben Forta (ISBN 0672321289).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great book


i'm a CS student and I was a bit bored during my winter break.. so I got this book. it took me about 3-4 weeks to finish it and I think it's a great intro to asp/ado. everything is crystal clear and there are planty of examples on each section/chapter. all i have to say, is that it's a perfect technical book to read and i will definetly buy any other book by John Kauffman..