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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent book, could use more real world examples

Aside from a bad sense of humor, this book does provide some good information. It has been very helpful in introducing the concepts of COM. The author could have explained things more clearly by using real world examples as opposed to the IY and IZ examples. I would recommend this book for people familiar with C++ and are wanting to learn COM.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Test Driven Development: By Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kent Beck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Helpful, Simple and Brief

I like the way Kent Beck writes his books. And it's sometimes thrilling to read his strange ideas. Having seen so many projects skip unit testing completely the idea of writing tests first strikes me as very good. Mr Beck presents his ideas very clearly and leads the reader through all subtleties and traps of a small example. That's exactly the point where things become interesting for me: How does the academic idea scale when being faced with Web apps, EJBs, XML/XSLT and so on? Hardly any hints about that which makes me wondering if the approach can be used for real projects.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A detailed, well-written reference

I use "HTML - In Plain English" for quick lookup of tag properties, but this is the book I reach for whenever I need more detailed information. It is well written, and has good code extracts.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Educationally poor, technically unimpressive

If you want to be expert in any of the fields that this book purports to clarify, I suggest you consult the experts.