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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent reference -- Inadequate tutorial -- No C# code


To begin with, this book isn't clear about what language is covered throughout the book. It seems it's trying to hide that it covers only Visual Basic. If you're into C#, you have to translate the examples yourself although these translations are ridiculously simple about 29 times out of 30. That 30th time, a certain amount of C# experience or extensive newsgroup searches will be needed.
If you want a decent VB reference you can go for this book or simply use the free .NET Framework SDK Documentation. The advantage of having this book at hand is that it sheds some light on the topics with its own examples.
As a tutorial to read from cover to cover, I think the author could have done a better job. If you read e.g. pages 84-131, you will read about the same text repeated four times with the exceptions being the search-and-replace that seems to have been performed on some words. I'm exaggerating a bit here, but not that much. I guess that's the price of having one author managing to write a 1400 pages book on a new technology all by himself, pressured by time. This isn't to be seen as critics against Walther though, he seems to be very knowledgeable on the subject.
I could recommend this book to VB programmers wanting something more than the free Microsoft documentation for ASP.NET. This is not a strong recommendation though. Have a look at the alternatives as well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
I read thge 1st Edition and bought the 2nd Edition


I used the 1st Edition of the book about November 2000 and usingXSLT in my daily programmming. Didn't have to buy any other bookabout XSLT.
Bought 2nd Edition recently. Examples helps a Lot plus the bookacts as refernce.
-- niladri



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Word 2000 for Windows for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Dan Gookin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Still struggling


I found this a little easier to understand and use than "The Complete Idiot's Guide." I don't know what that makes me. It is pitched at a more elementary level and the jokes and cartoons are better. It is more frank about the limitations of Word 2000 Neither book deals with the problems of crashes and glitches, and when (and how) you have to telephone the [$$$]-please have-your-credit-card-number-ready line for help. I'm still struggling (having come from Wordperfect for DOS). On one occasion no commands were working, and I eventually found I was typing within a footnote. Right now I can't delete or rename any document. Neither book helps with that.



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
EXCELLENT! A must read for anyone interested in video games


All I have to say after reading this book is, WOW! Steven Kent has done a remarkable job compiling and telling the facts about the strange and delightfully twisted history of the video game industry. Throughout the book, he effectively transports you through time and brings you into the board rooms, behind closed doors, and into the private conversations of top industry executives and designers all over the world. By diving into just about every aspect of the video game industry, he chronicles its growing pains with an eye for detail that will simply amaze you. If you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in the back rooms of Atari, Nintendo, and Sega (to name just a few companies he dissects) then this is the book for you. I can only say that I hope Steven is deep into writing his next installment.