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Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Plain and Great HTML 4 Guide

This Book is very helpful for the following reasons: 1.affordable price, without redundant CD; 2.small size, easy to carry; 3.perfect indexation, easy to find topic; 4.cross browsing platform; 5.covers all topics! Very big & very good work has been done by the Author!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2003 Solutions
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Scot P. Hillier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply terrific

I was working through the MOC courseware, which is incoherent and riddled with mistakes, and I turned to this book using one of my time-tested methods for determining the merits of a tech book: I looked to see if it addressed the problem I was stuck on, and how skillfully it described the solution. I also look to see how well it attacks the most confusing subject I'm trying to come to grips with.

This book succeeded fabulously on both counts. My particular problem had to do with pinpointing an error in which my new Web Part was rendered as an obnoxious and non-specific security error in a Web Part Page. The answer: make sure that your .dwp file has a properly coded 'Assembly' section in it. Scot's explanation illuminated the whole strong-naming and deployment cycle beautifully.

As for the confusing subject, the first few chapters build an SPS portal from the ground up, explaining everything along the way. No one paragraph holds the key, but when you're done building this simple portal, you look up and the lights have been turned on. You start being able to successfully distinguish among portal, site collection, top-level site, area, topic (these are all variants of sites, btw), etc. and will know when when one is a better fit than another. The concepts that most experts fail to explain are no longer mystifying. That's a tremendous accomplishment.

This book could single-handedly dispel the myth that SharePoint Products and Services require mystic knowledge to operate.

Beware that the book's primary focus is development and programming, which it also explains beautifully, but even if you're an administrator, the first few chapters alone will be worth the price of admission.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Something for the beginner and experienced alike.

This book gives a good introduction without being so basic that the experienced programmer loses interest. I read it cover-to-cover in an afternoon.
I've been programming embedded systems for about 5 years, the last year or so in C++ and found the discussion of C vs. C++ as they relate to the embedded world of particular interest. I also learned some new tricks in the Optimization chapter.
Every programmer I know has O'Reily books on their shelf. This is my first, definitely not my last.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art and Science of C : A Library Based Introduction to Computer Science
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Eric S. Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ideal book for teaching C programming.

Roberts' book is ideal for teaching students C programming to students with little or no background in computers or computer science. The design allows students to continue on and learn object-oriented programming without little difficulty. In addition, the layout of the book is easy to grasp for students at any level.