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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Raina Hawley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent !!!

This is one of those rare books which provides value for all skill levels. I have been using Excel for over 10 years and am generally happy if I learn 3 or 4 new methods for using Excel from a particular book. There are numerous examples here of implementing Excel solutions that I have not seen or thought of previously. Further, these examples can be implemented by virtually any user of the product. The content is well-written and provides very good examples of the "hacks." BUY it even if you think you know everything there is to know about Excel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay(TM) Strategies : 10 Proven Methods to Maximize Your eBay Business
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Scot Wingo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Advice

This book is not easy reading; it is like taking a crash course in management accounting, economics and marketing. The author also freely scatters acronyms throughout the text (they are very well explained on first use though). The book is well worth the effort, and has excellent chapter summaries to convey key points.

My ebay (and other auction site) selling ambitions are limited; I am looking to generate a secondary income (books target audience is the full time business, not casual seller). This book has made me rethink some previous auctions, in particular exclusive use of $1NR.

The assessment of listing upgrades has made me rethink what I will do in future auctions. The promotions strategy is great, the material on keyword searching is excellent.

The chapter on branding and the use of the me page is excellent: I incorporated some of the suggestions into linking my me page to web pages, despite a very impersonal web address, http://mysite.verizon.net/vze48sdz/ - the flow of traffic was surprising. Combined with the industrial strength ebay hacks book advice on affiliate selling this prooving effective!

The real life scenarios are superb; they really do help clarify the strategies outlined in the book.

Excellent book that has easily repayed it's cost.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book is written by experts for experts

This is not a tutorial. One would need some familiarity to understand this book. If the goal is to have a deepest understanding in CLR, this is the best book.
I was very anxious to get this book. Ever since the time of "Essential COM", I know Don will teach me .NET in great depth. I was not disappointed with the book. I was also surprised to find out that Don has made very effort to make the book readable.
I already owned "Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming" by Jeffrey Richter, I was eager to put both books under comparison since both books cover similar subjects. Both books offer a lot of detail and both books are easy to read. However, the coverage in Jeffrey Richter's book benefits a wider audience and the availability of source code from Wintellect web site is a plus. You need to step through the code to get a good understanding of what is "app domain".
If your goal is to get the deepest understanding of CLR, then Don's book is a good read after reading Jeffrey's book. The book provides the best insider information of Microsoft. I do wish the source code would be available for download somewhere. -- Reviewed by Li C.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Talmud of Dynamic HTML

Last week, working on some web page design that relied heavily on style sheets, JavaScript, and DHTML, I came across *the best HTML reference* I've ever seen. It's called Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, by Danny Goodman. This is the Talmud of Dynamic HTML. It's 1000 pages long. It covers HTML, DOM, CSS, and JavaScript in staggering detail. The best part is that the author has tested everything on Netscape and IE, and provides a detailed cross reference of what works where. As soon as I started using this book instead of the shoddy, disorganized, unindexed 'documentation' that Microsoft provides, I became a significantly happier person. You will too.