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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: TCP/IP Sockets in C# : Practical Guide for Programmers (Morgan Kaufmann Practical Guides Series)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David Makofske, Michael J. Donahoo, Kenneth L. Calvert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book delivers a good understanding of sockets. I have read one or two other books regarding the subject. The thing I like about this one is A) the whole book is dedicated to it. B) Its explanations are probably the best I have read regarding any topic in programming. Remember first starting C++, and the first chapters of the book taught you how to add integers? You kind of sit there saying "Yeah, Yeah, get on with the hard stuff". As a total compliment: That is how this books makes you feel about sockets! The explanations and examples almost make it impossible to believe it is really that simple.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ultimate game history book!

Amusing, thorough, and informative. Worth the price for the interview snippets alone! I consider this to be the best book on the history of interactive electronic entertainment; it doesn't view games as some newfangled phenomenon, and it's stuffed to the brim with juicy corporate dirt and historical tidbits you haven't read anywhere else. It examines why some projects fail and looks beyond the USA. A great addition to anyone's collection.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good book that is intended for beginner.

If you know nothing about VB and are an absolute beginner, then I highly recommend this as your first book on the subject. Yes, it is extremely basic in terms of how much it exposes you to VB as a whole, but that's what it is intended for. And it was an easy read. At then end, you will be able to write simple programs (i.e. mortgage calculator, etc...). I used this book to get past the intimidation of learning a programming language, then I moved on. Because I am a DBA, my next purchase was the VB6 database programming for Dummies (which was a perfect continuation because this book ends on a discussion on databases). I then purchased an advanced book to help me with my MCSD which I am currently pursuing. BTW, I found the VB help to be extremely helpful as well with lots of sample code. There are also TONS of reference materials and tutorials (an example is johnsmiley.com) available on the internet. I gave this book 4 stars because.....well...just because nobody's perfect (sorry Wally).
Good Luck!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

Inside OLE was a classic. This book was awful. It was an embarrassment to the Inside XXX series. I don't think this book taught me a thing.