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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic book to learn C#

If you're only going to buy one C# book, make this the one. While other books are good, this one is better. The material is covered in a professional manner, but what's more important is the way the author gives real-world explanations for everything. He goes beyond the obvious to give make it real and relate it to everyday development.
Of special interest to me were the chapters on delegates and multithreaded programming. What the heck are delegates anyway? Read the book and find out--the explanation is great. Multithreaded programming is important for many situations. This chapter rates high because you can read it and immediately do it, not then have to figure out stuff that wasn't mentioned.
My copy is now dog-eared, I read it almost every day as I myself become competent in C#

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Description but bad grammatical presentation

The book is a good one for a beginner in COM. The examples and the descriptions provided are good.
What makes reading slightly difficult, is the Grammatical mistakes in various sentences. This require an effort by the user to rephrase and then understand and read ahead.
A little more effort than usual, that is required in reading a book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for the beginner

I purchased this book as a supplemental text for a beginning C++ programming course I was taking. As a non-programmer type of person, I found the book to be very good, but geared very definitely to the person who has some C++ programming experience. I was looking for information geared for the "newbie" and was disappointed in that regard.
The book is written in a humorous style and all the information is clearly laid out, but much of the information is presented in a style for one already in the know.
I did not try to install the CD, so I cannot talk about its effectiveness or lack thereof. As a newbie, if I had previewed this book in a bookstore, I would not have purchased it, and would have looked for something else instead.
So, if you have experience, this book is good, and if you don't, then this book will disappoint you and I would recommend looking for another book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worst Book Ever

Thank God I DID NOT BUY this book. I took 30 minutes to read this book at a bookstore and if you are interested in learning how to hack, then this book is not for you. This book DOES NOT SHOW YOU HOW TO HACK, it's just another ordinary book which shows you how to PREVENT a hacker from attacking your computer/network. Very disappointing. Even the information in this book that shows you how to prevent a hacker attack can be found online easily. This book is definatly not worth it.