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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The first beautiful computer book.


I haven't received the book yet, but I have a question:
Which compiler might I consider using to work out examples and experiment with my new knowledge? I am running Windows NT 4 SP4. Will VC work? Wacom? Any advice appreciated!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 101 Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Applications
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Patrick Barnes, Sean Campbell, Bob Carver, Kris Horrocks, Jim Pragit, Oz Rugless, Scott Swigart, Sean Campbell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book is more than just the code


Jerry Bucknoff wrote a review where he says skip the book because you can just download the code. I don't get this. I buy a book for more than just the CD stuffed in the back. This book has 500+ pages that taught me how to do in VB.NET, the things I knew how to do in VB6. Maybe if you're a rocket scientist, you can just stare at the code and learn everything, but those 500 pages really got me up to speed on .NET.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs (Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Stephen J. Bigelow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is the real thing!


I would suggest this book for general repair or if you are trying for the A+ exam. There are very good test questions that have supporting information for help. I consider this a much have for you shelf of support documention.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Design: Principles and Practices and Xilinx 4.2i Student Package (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: John F. Wakerly
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a good book for nonECE students >:(


The first four to five chapters are ok. You actually get a chance to learn something useful, like binary arythmetic and switching algebra, as well as how to build some basic circuits (although I often had to search the web for the additional explanation). After that, however, the material becomes so complex and confusing, that after reading it I usually was like "Uh, what did he just talk about?" All in all, I think that the ECE class was a waste of time and I wander why we had to take it in the first place.