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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic


"I wish I had this book when I was first starting to learn Java 5 years ago -- absolutely the best Java newbie book to date. I can't wait to get Kathy Sierra's new book on EJB." Eric Thoman; Director, Manchester Java User's Group



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
Beginners Only


I am a big fan of O'Reilly titles, however this book is not one of the better ones. The code examples are lengthy and always (unnecessarily) provided in both C# and VB.NET. Some of the more interesting topics like security are glossed over. This is a thick book and I would expect it to include some discussion of Web architecture with .NET, performance issues, and when to use client side processing. The second edition has a fair number of misprints and typos. On the plus side, it gives thorough explanations of web controls and basic processing, and is a good introduction to ASP.NET.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thanks Deitel Inc!


I am an experienced programmer from way back trying to figure out the .NET world. My list of competency includes over 30 applications including Excel VBA's and Authorware. I am in my 32nd year of teaching engineering. I purchase and read a considerable number of computer books including at least six VB.Net books. Each person has his own style. I find Deitel's book very useful and am grateful for their effort. I am intrigued by the either very positive or very negative reviews on their book. I think it speaks to the different ways people are wired to think.
The book is a very example oriented learning resource that explains step-by-step every facet of well-sequenced programs. I found it most useful even though I already had a simple .NET application running on the web. The book explained very nicely the intricacies of object oriented programming that is somewhat troublesome for me. I am a very verb oriented programmer whereas .NET is a noun oriented language. That orientation may well divide the reviewers of this book.
The visual layout of the book is very appealing and most likely the reason for the somewhat higher cost. However, it is well worth it.
For the record, I do not know nor have I any connection with the authors other than a reader of their wonderful book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant (IT-Administrator's Companion)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Reference Guide


The book doesn't go into too much depth on Exchange but it is a great little how-to book on many of the tasks that Exchange Admins will have to do when they install and maintain Exchange. I would highly recommend this as a quick reference to those of you who are familiar with Exchange, however, you might try a different book if you really want to get in depth though.