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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A dry subject made interesting

There are like a zillion CLR books out there and overall, it's not the type of subject that normally keeps you glued to it. When I got Jeffrey Richther's Microsoft .NET Framework book, I was convinced no one was going to outdo him. Well, it's a close call, but I think they are both Superb books by excellent authors. I've purchased Don's stuff before and really liked it. This book lived up to its expectations.
I think his ability to communicate some of the more obscure areas of the CLR in a very clear matter is what makes this book shine. This book can be understood by anyone because of the writer's gift for writing...but that's not to say it's a novice's book. Wherever you are in the .NET learning curve, there's something for you in this book.
If you really want to learn the CLR, this is a great place to start.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dive into Python
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Mark Pilgrim
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great choice for a Python-newbie

This was my first foray into Python. That is, beyond what I had picked up from random articles on the Web over the years. As more or less a complete newbie to the language, I most certainly valued the approach employed and I constantly had those little thoughts like "this is the way a programming language should be taught".

Now what is this approach I'm praising here? In short, it's the good ol' get-your-hands-dirty-quick method of diving head first into actual, meaningful code to figure out what it does, why it works, and thereby figuring out new language features a couple at a time. For example, on page 11 you don't get a list of reserved words in Python or a brief history of how one programming language lead to another, but instead you get a code listing for a little program that takes a dictionary and constructs an ODBC connection string out of it. Simple? Yes, but much more interesting than seeing the syntax for a for-loop. Throughout the book, Pilgrim shows you how to use Python in parsing strings, processing XML, evaluating regular expressions, calling web services, and what not.

"Dive Into Python" is not a reference you can turn to with any Python question imaginable. Instead, it's a very effective tutorial and overview of what (and how) you can do with Python.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Official eBay Bible
Publisher: Gotham
Authors: Jim "Griff" Griffith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
If you can turn on your computer, you don't need this!

How can you sign onto your computer and not be able to follow the menu driven eBay sign up and sell stuff on the web site? You really need to look at a book that is showing you the same thing that's on your screen? Believe me all eBay wants to do is get sellers on, so they can sell, so eBay can grab a share of the profit.
This book is really a bunch of dribble about how great eBay is and how it changes your life. No metion of eBay supporting the sellers only; no buyer protection, and eBay's total lack of care about fraud and no buying customer support. Is this snake oil salesman getting a kickback from eBay!?
But this book will change "Griff's" life...cause there is a sucker born every nanosecond. Like the bloated shipping and handling fees on eBay, you'll get nothing for something with this pile of pulp.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Material for PMP:

'PMP Exam Prep' is the best way to prepare for the PMP exam. She explains a lot of concepts that are not written in the PMBOK guide. A must read for any PMP aspirant.
-PK.Ganapathy, PMP