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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional VB.NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Fred Barwell, Richard Case, Bill Forgey, Billy Hollis, Tim McCarthy, Jonathan Pinnock, Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Whitney Hankison, Rockford Lhotka, Jan Narkiewicz, Rama Ramachandran, Matthew Reynolds, John Roth, Bill Sheldon, Bill Sempf
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for the experienced Visual Basic developer!

This book is for experienced developers who need to make the transition to VB.NET. It will also help programmers with previous knowledge of VB.NET who want to move up to the professional level.
The book begins with an introduction to the .NET Framework and common language RunTime(CLR). The CLR is responsible for managing the execution of code compiled for the .NET platform. The next few chapters focus on object oriented programming and how to derive classes from base classes using inheritance. Chapter 9 gives a detailed discussion on how error handling works in VB.NET by discussing the CLR exception handler in detail and the new Try...Catch...Finally structure. An entire chapter is devoted to multi-threading. You will learn how threads can be created, and the differences between multitasking and multi-threading. Chapter 16 discusses COM and .NET component interoperability, and the tools provided to help link the two technologies together. Chapter 18 gives detailed coverage of the ADO.NET data access technology. You will learn how to build flexible, fast, and scalable data access objects and applications.
The final chapters discuss building web applications with web forms, creating custom controls for Windows Forms and Web Forms, and finally, creating and consuming Web Services.
If you're an experienced VB developer and would like to make the transition to VB.NET, then this book is a must.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Physics for Game Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David M. Bourg
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I could be stoopid, but...

I've been trying for over an hour to get the flight simulator sample provided with this book to do anything remotely realistic; so far, no dice (unless you consider weird wobbles, wild oscillation and almost immediate stalling a good thing.) If the author's example doesn't demonstrate a realistic flight model, how is an ignorant sap like me supposed to develop one?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introduction to Web Application Development with IBM WebSphere Studio, An: IBM Certified Associate Developer (IBM Certification Study Guides)
Publisher: Mc Press
Authors: Gary Craig, Peter Jakab
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Read the readme.txt!!!

You won't be able to do the exercises unless you read, very carefully, the instructions in the book's readme.txt. Thanks to another reviewer, I learned this and was able to get beyond page 65. The instructions in the book for loading the start-up files needed for the labs are wrong, and won't work!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book, don't buy it.

This is a great book for understanding the linux kernel (and for writing device drivers for older kernels). Its now horribly out of date (2.1xx, we're soon going to be on 2.5xx). Its my understanding that the next edition is coming out very shortly (a matter of a month or two)...hence linuxhq is "featuring" this book.
If you do buy this none of the examples will work out of the box on 2.2x and 2.4x kernels!
If you just want an understanding how the linux kernel works and you just can't wait to find out, then its your money..go ahead.