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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Matthew Robinson, Pavel Vorobiev
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An all-inclusive resource for programmers

Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Swing (the collaborative effort of software development experts Matthew Robinson and Pavel Vorobiev) is packed with over 400 pages of substantially revised text, new examples, and updated information specific to J2SE 1.4 and is successfully intended to be an all-inclusive resource for programmers looking to make the most of the Swing library for enhanced graphical user interface in their Java applications and software. Pages of examples, explanations, recommendations, step-by-step instructions and more make Swing a definitive self-teaching aid and resource for intermediate to advanced level programmers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent description of both the why and the how of COM

Obviously, Don Box is a COM and C++ master, which is where the problem lies. Admittedly, he does cover many aspects of COM quite extensively. The first chapter is the best background material on COM that I have read. But thereafter, Box changes his approach. He then seems to lapse into gratuitous, uncontollable programming razzle-dazzle when covering COM topics. His multi-page macros are just plain confusing and distracting. [Who is his intended audience: COM neophytes or his COM cronies?] His explanations concerning his use of the subtleties of C++ are entirely too feeble. While COM is at heart a subtle C++ application, surely programming virtuosity can be de-emphasized when explaining COM basics. His examples have questionable utility. However, again, his book does fill in some of the gaps of COM that other books gloss over. But I'm still waiting for that five-star book on COM.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excelent Technical Reference

This book Provides an excellent reference for cryptogtaphers and cryptography students.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Concepts of Programming Languages, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Robert W. Sebesta
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book

This is very interesting book in which you can find interesting information about history of programming languages, as well as most relevant consepts used for building language compilers.

The problem of this book is not in the matter that is presented in the book, but in the way it is presented. The biggest problem is in the typos and mistakes made in the text. It is strange that this 6th edition of the book contains so many typos and mistakes.

Regardless the drawbacks that are said before, I recomand this book for buying. Anyone who is interested in programmming and programming languages will surely find interesting information in this book.