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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-316)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman, Amit Kalani, Priti Kalani, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Very nice study guide, nicely priced. Read all chapters and then take the mini-exam after reading each chapter. Then before moving on to the next chapter, bring up Visual Studio and go learn those weak areas. At the end of the book, two great sample exams. They alone are worth the price of the book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering (6th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ian Sommerville
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good introduction and depth for novice

While reading the contents list of the book, you already start feeling a software engineer. The author explains every important step of software engineering as promised in the contents list. All kind of specification posibilities, design systems, reliability and verification approaches are topics that opened my eyes. On the other hand, the part of object-oriented only told about OO as a modeling approach and hardly surpassed the level of buzzword. Perhaps some more attention in a next version? Still, the book is perfect for the novice at the topic of software engineering.(2000-06-29)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

This is the worst programming book I've ever seen. Examples: the authors actually explain the difference between hardware and software, how to open a file folder in Windows, how to save a file, and other elementary processes that anyone who has used a windows computer for longer than 20 minutes knows. However, when it comes to explaining the Visual Basic programming environment, they don't bother to explain how to access the Forms Layout window they are referring to, although it isn't obvious. (It's under the View menu.) At the end of Chp 2, after showing you ONLY how to add a label to a form, their exercise consists of building the GUI for a calculator! Furthermore, since they don't and WILL NOT provide answers, there is absolutely NO WAY for you to learn how to complete the exercise!
They waste time and space telling you what any idiot would already know, then fail to provide you with the information you bought the book for: how to program in Visual Basic. Buy something else - ANYTHING else!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must-read for all would-be web designers

Nielson clearly explains important design considerations for all web designers and developers. His theme throughout the book is that every design decision you make must be in the interest of helping to communicate information to the reader. His basic messages are: There are too many sites on the web that display distracting, if not confusing, visual elements on their pages. Learning the technical details of web page implementation is not enough. You must also understand how to effectively provide information to your site's visitors.
As you progress through each chapter, he'll illustrate bad examples and then suggest improvements for them. Some very good examples of what he feels is effective design are also presented.