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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
Practical, informative and fun


This is a compact book with a lot of kick. The authors are experts in their field. There are no paddings of fluff or handholding. Writing is intelligent and concise. Information flows from chapter to chapter with clear purpose. The examples are excellent, focusing on essential problems all programmers go through one time or another. These days I don't program in C much but rather use a more higher level language like Python,Perl,Java,Ruby,etc. If you're like me and benefit from these wonderful languages or environments then this is the book to thank. Because chances are, those gifted programmers who wrote the languages you use everyday probably built the corner stones of their skillsets with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCDA/CCDP Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Anthony Sequeira, Kevin Wallace
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Passed the exam first try!


I completed my CCDA yesterday and this book was all I needed. I am now on to my CCDP.
Use the Study Sheets in this book first - they cover everything you need to know - after going through those (they tear out so you can carry them around) - go through the flash cards and the exam questions on the CD-ROM.
For the CCDP - I am going to try loading the flash cards on my PDA! This is suppossedly included on the CD-ROM. You cannot beat this practice kit for these exams!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent reference book with good exploration of ASP.net


Just to brief you I have been teaching field for quite a number of years and also have been in ASP programming for sometime. I love to read books. I had picked 2 of the previous books on classic ASP by the Stephen. Both books have been a great help for me in development. So I blindly picked up this book and didn't bother to pick up any other book. A few months later just to upgrade myself I restarted on this book. Well I covered almost the whole book chapter by chapter. And by the end of the book I was confident to set up a site. I made extensive use of the book. I could use most of the advanced techniques of ADO.net, form authentication and also set up two XML webservice. It has been a great resource and a companion in my devoplment environment.Is it a book for beginner or professional?? Well the author has not left a stone unturned to give a feel and exposure to almost all aspects of ASP.net. He really lays a through foundation from where a developer can leap ahead. So if you are a beginner or intermediate programmer I recommend this book. But beaware you will also have to take a reference book for Visual basic .net or you will find yourself wondering in few situations. Infact to throuoghly implement the ASP.net technology I recommend that you also get hands on Vb.net language.(I am not talking of window forms).ASP.net is so vast that a thousand pages can just give you a feel and a knowledge of the varous technologies. And that is wht the author has done. I believe that was his motive. Also he didn't spare an opportunity to give a glimpse of the heights one can reach through ASP.net. Hence if you are looking into advanced programming books get one for that particular topic. ie.. for ADO.net get an advanced ADO.net book and XML webservice get advanced webservice book. Please do not try to get all of the ASP.net technology in one book. If any book author promises that check the size of the book. It has to be more than 2000 pages.One more thing this book does not cover is development using visual studio. Most of the examples are not done in code behind approach. So a developer using only visual studio may find this approach a bit confusing. Hence a beginner trying to develop pages in Visual Studio should give a second thought.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux(R) Desktop Garage (Garage)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Susan Matteson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Linux Desktop Garage


I was trying to learn how to use Linux, so I bought this book. Wow, this book was so easy to follow and learn from! I love that it was not a dry humorless procedure manual. I really learned so much from this book, and I am not really too computer savvy. I highly recommend this book.