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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Autodesk Architectural Desktop
Publisher: Autodesk Press
Authors: Paul F. Aubin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fills in the gaps...

For those of us who have migrated through the endless changes in Autocad as it relates to architectural production, it has often been a frustrating journey. Major changes in direction often leave us with less productive tools than we had in earlier versions. New releases can be sea-changing experiences.
I bought this book after taking classes at Autodesk University. Paul Aubin brings the same detail and organization to this book that he has in his classes. Its a great learning tool and a handy reference while working on projects.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everything You Didn't Know You Needed to Know About Hold'Em

Matthew Hilger, author, and owner of the website InternetTexasHoldem.com, has accomplished the gargantuan task of taking a lifetime's worth of knowledge and synthesizing it into one managable volume of practical experience and exhaustive study of the game.

New to online Hold'Em myself (and poker, in general), I just wanted to learn how to play. This book starts with perhaps the most critical aspect of the game, pot odds, implied odds, and card odds, with thorough, illustrative, exercises for each. Had these chapters been at the back of the book, I may never have gotten to them. Since they are the first thing we are taught, they become the foundation from which we view every play, theory, and strategy, for the rest of our poker lives. Indispensable.

Each chapter contains a Chapter Review, encapsulating the important on-point segments of the preceding section, followed by "Test Your Skills," actual hand samples from online play that end with "What Would You Do"? The answer is then given by a professional (the author), with a detailed explanation for his choice and offering other options/possibilties that take into account the number and type of players in the game.

This book is extremely rich in depth, at the same time as being understandable to the total newbie. It has an excellent glossary in the back.

Following the odds section, each strategy chapter proceeds to lay out possible hands, our hole (pocket) cards, the variety of flops for each, and teaches us how to think through not only what we may have, but to examine what the other players may hold-- what flops are potentially dangerous to our holding, as well as give us the nuts, and how to bid accordingly, both to induce bids and to protect our hands. We become familiar with the types of players, categorized by their aggression, passiveness, or combination, and what impact this might have on our bidding process.

There's an excellent chapter on bankroll management, along with teaching us how to tell when we're ready to move up a limit. Though the focus of Internet Texas Hold Em, Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro is on the limit ring game, the basics and theories contained in it easily apply to no limit, sng's, and tournaments, as well.

I can't say enough about this book, and I've only scratched the surface here. It's worth every penny and trust me, you'll reap the purchase price many times over, with slow, steady application of the principles and concepts it teaches. In the meantime, hop on over the website and avail yourself of the awesome forum there. Great, helpful, generous, kind players... exactly like the author... heh.

A last point: less than a month ago I will tell you I didn't know a "hole" card from the cards laid out on the table being called the "board". What I won't tell you is how much money I've now made playing online poker, sensibly; how much my ever-increasing bankroll has risen; or how easily reading that board (and some fishes) have become. The only poker book I've ever read to date, is this one... woot!!

Playing everywhere as RiverCascade~

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I am not going to say this is the worst book I have ever read, because it was useful considering that I didn't know anything about .NET before starting on this book. However, there was just way too much space spent on the calendar control, and on setting up the database. More time and pages should have been spent on actually connnecting and using the data! Yes, stored procedures are essential to writing real apps..but I bought this book to learn ASP.NET...not how to write complex sql stored procedures. And if you are going to spend so much time writing the procedures, then at least build an app worth having them! Overall, this book wasn't bad, but it is very frustrating as a reference. It DOES cover the controls very well, but if you want a real world application example, you will be left in the dark. I am now reading Programming C# by the same author, and it is a great book for learning the language...which is what led me to believe this book was going to be good. This book is worth having on your shelf for the control coverage. (Especially the calendar!) For COMPLETE coverage of how to use ASP.Net, buy something else.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb Reference

This is a wonderful reference book. Not for the beginner but the quality examples and the entire demonstrate concept is truly wonderful. This is done without being to fundamental or dry. It covers the basic important appearance of JavaScript that you would expect in any book covering a progress language. The explanation of questions you may have are already answered. The reading goes by quickly and you just seem to understand what the author is saying.I highly recommend this book to all programers.