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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I hate it.


To summarize, I hate this book because you can't use it without reading it through from page one. I use this book for a class I am enrolled in. One of our projects is to build a simple windows game. So, I look up how to display a bitmap. Displayed are two lines of code along with the instructions "find the Form_1Paint function that handles Paint events". Where should I look? The instructions do not hint at where it is and certainly the function can't be found by searching the code. The only way to understand what they are talking about is to actually go through every tutorial in baby-step fashion because every page on the book tells you something such as "Continue with the CPPDraw application from the previous excersise" (p.365). Well I don't want to read the whole )@$#%ing book to find out how to draw a bitmap. When I finally do figure it out I am guessing I could show someone how to do it in 10 lines of code so they wouldn't have to read 100 pages of baby-step drivel. If you want to find out how to do any one thing in .Net with this book expect to have to spend several hours reading the previous 100 pages from where it is supposedly explained. Microsoft Press should consider making encryption a core of their business. They are really good at it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Systems Design: An Introduction to Processes, Tools and Techniques
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Arnold Berger, Arnold S. Berger
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Book for beginners


I was tempted to give this book two stars because the topic is excellent, however Berger falls short of the mark. The book is aimed at beginners (quote: "A complete discussion of <X> would quickly drive all but the most dedicated readers into 'geek overload', so I'll end my discussion here."), but fails in that endevour by providing a patchy and incoherent text. The book is sprinkled with insights from "In the Trenches" which makes you doubt that he's actually ever been there.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
XSLT Book - it's not worth it


I would not recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn XSLT. The code examples are hard to understand and the writing rambles. It would be just as easy to read the w3c spec.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't buy this book if you want to learn JavaScript!!!!


This book does anything but help you learn JavaScript. Especially if you are new to the concept. I have some Visual Basic skills and this book just threw me for a loop. This book does show you a lot about what JavaScript can do HOWEVER it is easier to just download the scripts from there web site (www.javascriptworld.com) because they do a poor job explaining their concepts!!!! For example Page 23 of the sample pages (located here on Amazon) gives a line of code and this is the first example: "document. write ("hello, world")". What does "document" mean and what does "write" mean if you have never seen JavaScript or VB before. Here's their explanation. "Here's you first line of JavaScript: it takes the document window and writes "hello, world" into it". Shouldn't they tell you what document means? And what "write" means? This is how they continue throughout their book. They do not give you enough information to write your own scripts!!! So then what is the point??? I am glad I padding their pocket so they can show off the scripts that they have created. BOTTOM LINE: DON'T BOTHER!
If you want a good series of books, one that goes through the code line by line explaining everything then I would recommend WROX Press Beginning JavaScript. I am in now way affiliated with WROX. I have been very satisfied every time I have read one of their books.