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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Poor Bible, but it's Bible

This book is nothing but a reference for language lawers. Unlike K&R it is not interesting, valuable for C++ programmers. It is too long to read and find something you just want to know. Unfortunately, the book is a standard book for C++. If you need to understand accurately what is the standard of whether you wnat or not, you should stock this at you bookshelf. I can say this book represents the weakness of C++.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
VERY useful, almost TOO much information

I bought this book because I wanted to have an information packed resource detailing every vagary in the DHTML-capable browsers of today. Knowing thier track record, I figured I couldn't go wrong with O'Reilly. Well, information is what you get in this baby. Organized quite nice too... if you need to look up a topic, cross reference a method between browsers or whatever you will probably find it; and with a code example. I would say 'definitive' is an understatement.
Only beef I have with the book is I wish it had some more explanations of some key features and the usefullness of this technology. The book also puts an emphasis on cross-browser compatibility, so it leaves out some of the in-depth strengths of any particular browser (like data binding *argh*) in favor of discussing ways in which to appeal to both platforms. Over all a very good book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SQL for Smarties

A nice programers reference, full of examples on how to do appl ication programing in sql. If you are a program uses SQL often you may find this helpful.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol, Second Edition
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Alan Johnston
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Costly, but a great introduction to SIP

Really enjoyed this book - easy to read, and the examples emphasized the points he was trying to make. The only negative is the cost of the book ... I got mine from the library, and was shocked to see how much this was selling for. After you understand SIP, this would be a decent reference book, but not the best.