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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft InfoPath (Programming Series)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Authors: Thom Robbins, Thomas Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent reference for Infopath developers

The first thing you need to know before purchasing this book is the software requirements in order to work with the sample programs. For software you will need either Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional and InfoPath 2003. To work with many web-enabled samples you will also need an Internet Information Server. To compile and run many of the samples you will also need Visual Studio.NET 2003 or the .NET Framework 1.1. It also require Microsoft Office 2003 and all associated products. The book also assumes a basic knowledge of program development in a distributed environment (although the assumptions here are pretty minimal). You will note that all the software required is totally Microsoft. If you are not willing to put on your Microsoft blinders and believe that nothing exists in the computer world other than Microsoft then you will not be particularly interested in Infopath nor this book. On the other hand, if you are a totally Microsoft office, read on.
Infopath is Microsoft's collaborative environment for office automation and workflow control. Using XML based forms a user can input information once and have it shared into Word, Excel, SQL, or other applications simultaneously. Needless to say this can increase efficiency tremendously for situations where data has to be rewritten or cut-and-paste into different programs to keep it all up to date. For those already working with Infopath, or planning to make that move, the book is an excellent guide to developing data sharing programs that take input with validation, store, extract, and update that information through easy to use forms, provide a secure solution, and integrate with Biztalk Server.
The approach of the author is to provide basic information and instruction interspersed with actual coding examples so you can actually test your knowledge and see the results. This is one of the best teaching methods and he does an excellent job. A quick view of the table of contents shows the highly organized layout of the book. It starts with an examination of the Infopath integrated development environment (IDE), then follows with generating XML Forms, web service forms, and database forms, next is building workflow-enabled applications, integrating with BizTalk server, building smart client applications, securing solutions, and finally deploying your application.
For those developing applications in the InfoPath environment this is a top-notch guide that provides everything you need to know to start creating a collaborative working environment. If your company has made the commitment to InfoPath "Programming Microsoft Infopath: A Developer's Guide" is a book you will want to have.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
VB6 + VB.NET = Changing Times

If you are a guru at VB6, like me, you want as smooth a transition to VB.NET as possible. This book helps soften the bumps. A couple chapters get a little long-winded, but hang in there -- there is more good stuff ahead. This will give you a better idea of where to head next. It is not a how-to-start-doing-VB.NET-code-today type of book. It can be read independent of doing code (i.e., you do not need to open VS.NET IDE to use it).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures & Algorithms in Java (Mitchell Waite Signature Series)
Publisher: Waite Group Press
Authors: Mitchell Waite, Robert Lafore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Data Structures & Algorithms In Java

I give this book 5 stars. 1. It has a great Table of Contents and Index. Finding topics is a breeze. 2. The explanations for the various data structures presented were outstanding. Explanations were built using simple words and short sentences which facilitates grasping new concepts and definitions. When new words were introduced, their meanings were thoroughly and simply explained. It is a good read. 3. Every data structure and its mechanisms were represented by drawings of colored objects that represented the various data structures. It made visualization of abstract concepts a breeze. This book has the best pictorial representations of Data Structures I that I have seen. (I reviewed over 14 textbooks. Most were didactic regurgitations of either Knuth's tome or Weiss, i.e., difficult to read, appear written for an audience of academics, not students.) 4.The book is very well made. I used it every day for 4 months and it showed no signs of wear and tear. Several other books had pages falling off of their backing withing two weeks of purchase. I returned those books. This book will be will me for decades. 5. The CD included with the book is quite good, and the price of this book was far better than other books. It is an excellent value. Why did I need a book about Data Structures? One required course that I took for my CSCI degree was Data Structures. The book chosen by the CSCI department for our course in Data Structures was "Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis in Java " by Mark Allen Weiss. I reviewed it in detail and found that it was not written in a easy to understand format. Also, it did not include enough diagrams to help me grasp abstract concepts. After reviewing this book, "Data Structures And Algorithms in Java" I purchased it and used it exclusively. It was essential to helping me grasp the concepts of how B-Trees and other structures operate and when they are indicated for use. This book is one of the reasons I got an "A".

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition with CD-ROM and Online Subscription
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
Authors: Merriam-Webster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Why a dictionary?

In the era of online education, chatrooms, Websites and the Internet, something old has become new again--spelling and grammar. The ability to express oneself clearly, fluently and conherently have become more important, as people use the written language to communicate.

If you want to do it right, get the hardcover, heavy book. The print is bigger, it has illustrations, historical and cultural derivations of words and it makes your work space look smart. It will be utilized by everyone in the house, and it sets a good tone for kids and grandkids alike, about good spelling and grammar.

In for a penny, in for a pound: get the paperback version also, to use on the go and get the thesaurus too.