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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rebecca M. Riordan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book for beginners who know some VB.NET / C#


I found this book extremely useful to build my basic understanding with ADO .NET, Windows Form and Web Form data binding and XML. The book is easy to read and has lots of examples to practice.
This book will not teach you VB.NET/C#. So you should be comfortable with the language of your choice before reading this book. Some examples have minor errors. At some place VB.NET code is referred in C# example. If you are an intermediate VB.NET or C# programmer then you can easily catch and fix them.
I experience some problems with examples in Chapter 12 "Data-Binding in Web form" using MSDE 2000 SQL Desktop Engine1- Connection Error with OLEDB Jet 4.0: "The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file ......nwind.mdb"2- Connection Error with OLEDBSQL: "Login failed for user 'SERVER_NAME\ASPNET'"
I was able to solve it by keeping the MSDE password in the connection string.
My connection string looks like this:"workstation id=SERVER_NAME;packet size=4096;user id=sa;data source="SERVER_NAME\ InstanceName ";persist security info=True;initial catalog=nwind;password= AStrongSAPwd"



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Web Services
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alex Ferrara, Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
one of the best titles for web services developers


This text addresses just about every challenge a web-services developer may face. Whether it involves calling a set of services asynchronously (and somehow keeping the client(s) updated of its progress) - or whether it is monitoring, profiling and logging your web-services - this text contains well explained examples of doing a lot of useful stuff.It has saved me a lot of time - and I found it well worth the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A wonderful resource


Biologists, computer scientists, and mathematicians will all find this book useful in linking their various fields together. No, it doesn't cover all the skills and resources necessary to do useful bioinformatics, and it's not intended to. Instead, it offers a sound and very readable introduction to the major aspects of the field and then tells the interested reader where to find out more about each aspect. If you are a student of bioinformatics and/or a working biologist or programmer who wants to move into bioinformatics, this book is essential.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Marco Bellinaso, Kevin Hoffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book has got me writing a lot of code


This is definitely one of my favorite books. I've only gotten half way through it, because I'm busy converting all of my websites to use the code examples in the book. I would not recommend this book for beginners, but it is excellent for intermediate programmers. I read Visual C# first, and skipped around through several ASP.NET books. I really can't say enough good things about this book. If you want to learn how to build solid ASP.NET websites using C#, this book will give you a good foundation.