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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not completely useless

For such a big book one would expect more depth of coverage. It is hard to pinpoint who the author is targeting, for the book is certainely not for beginners and it does not add much to the knowledge of the little more advanced. He seems to touch lightly on all the subjects and thoroughly on none! After reading most of this book I should admit that what the author was trying to say was quite easy to comprehend but why he was saying it most often was not. I found the saying "This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." (Dorothy Parker) haunting me every time I held this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Organization and Design Second Edition : The Hardware/Software Interface
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What's love got to do with it ... ?

I was dumped by my ex-girl friend. So I picked up this book and two other two brick-like paper objects to keep my mind occupied. I find this book not very difficult to understand, though I did not do many of the exercises. I especially like its historical perspective.
I will move on to Hennessy and Patterson next week. I'll let Silbershatz and Galvin be my friends this week.
"I have my books, and my peotry to protect me."

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
It should have been a better book.

Good book, but still leaves much to be expected.
1. As a book titled, "Programming Windows", it's not complete. Read together with books like "Advanced Windows", "Inside COM".
2. Very little mention of NT features, for example MaskBlt, PlgBlt, world transformation, NT 5.0 features.
3. Bad programming styles, for example, no C++, not much code reuse, every program has a WinMain and registers a class, no assert, lots of static variables which are dangerous in multithreading environment, no exception handling, only single instance of window allowed because use of static variables, no much const where should be.
4. Information not fully updated for Win32 API, for example, use RegisterClass instead of RegisterClassEx, spool file name on p. 599; the warning that you should not delete stock object on p. 162 (which is actually safe in Win32);

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'd give it 6 stars if they'd let me....

Instead I give this book regularly to my students & wish to goodness that more of my colleagues had copies. From the opening pages -where Tufte gives us 4 data sets that are statistically indistinguishable but graphicly at different points of the compass- through the beautifully rendered examples of classical and modern examples of meaningful graphics & "chartjunk" Tufte serves as a wry, witty, and informative guide to the perils & joys of informing or confusing an audience with charts and graphs.Although in some ways a polemic against the misuse of graphical techniques, Tufte never loses his sense of humor & gives us plenty of really GOOD examples as well as a harsh deconstruction of some truly horrendous images. While this, the first in what has become a series, predates the muddy dawn of computer graphical "presentations" the basic principles outlined in its pages are every bit as applicable to the PowerPoint generation as they were to transparencies & posters. Buy it. read it Use it.