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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Of little help

Though this book has some useful information, it seems to go into too much detail in the beginning chapters and then gives to little information as the book gets into later chapters. The Examples touch on the topics covered but it would be helpful if the examples would expand more on topics through out all the chapters. The authors add very little by way of their own input, and it is wordy. The programming examples are little use to anyone seeking to learn complex VB for business use. The CD that comes with the Book does little to add additional benefit. Class and ADO information is little help to none.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
must have

"Linux Device Drivers" is of tremendous value to anyone writing, well, Linux device drivers. It explains very well the software interface between your driver and the OS. It presuposes a working knowlege of Unix OS concepts generally, but requires no familiarity with the internals of the Linux kernel. The programming specifics are adressed heavily: This is more a programming book than a textbook. All of the concepts are supported with demonstration code, and the complete source for all the modules discussed is available by ftp. The book also explains the hardware interaction aspects less well, but still suficiently. Some of this is an unavoidable consequence of the author's interest in cross-platform aplicability. I, for one, would have preferred more information.
All told, this is a wonderfull book, and I recommend it to anyone wishing to write drivers or intersted in how they are implemented.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Office Access 2003 (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rick Dobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for Access developers

Microsoft Press and Rick Dobson did a great job in publishing a book that covers all the essentials for developing solutions with Access 2003. Having used several earlier versions of Access, I was happy to discover that many of the code samples and examples apply to earlier versions, such as Access 2000 and Access 2002.
As a developer, my clients expect me to be able to make things happen automatically. Access readily permits you to automate all aspects of it with VBA, and this book is chuck full of VBA code samples that I can readily use for my clients. The explanations of the samples are easy for me to follow.
Without burying me in trivial details or useless facts, this book empowers me to create solutions. It is just 842 pages. Big enough to cover lots of valuable content, but not so heavy that I can't conveniently carry it with me to a client's site. I especially liked that I could download from the author's web site content on extra topics, such as an intro to VBA and a whole chapter on class, form, and report modules. In fact, I am discovering that the author's web site (http://www.programmingmsaccess.com) is a real valuable resource for me all on its own.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide (CCNA Self-Study, 640-821, 640-801), First Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I passed the test so....

it obviously did it's job. I've been an MCSE for years and I was a little anxious about taking a Cisco test because everyone said they were "so much harder" than the Microsoft tests.
This book explained what needed to be explained pretty well. It went into detail when needed and didn't when not needed. Obviously you're not going to know everything by reading this book, but it's a good start. Especially if you don't have an MCSE background, it goes into some basic networking stuff pretty well. Even some things I wasn't aware of.
The INTRO test threw me no surprises, as the practice tests off the CD that comes with the book were actually a little harder than the test itself. The simuations were pretty close to what I had on the test as well. If you can pass the practice tests (assuming you havn't memorized the answers, and can actually tell why one answer is correct and the others are not) then you will have no problem with the INTRO test.
Make sure you download the updates from www.ciscopress.com as this is the 1st edition and the errata is up to 4th edition. I did notice a few errors on the practice tests on the CD before the software was updated.