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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Advanced Approach

For advanced users... I needed to install Windows 2000 to appreciate this book..
Anyway, I just got myself Beginning ASP Databases..

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Systems Architecture, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Stephen D. Burd
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Decent Read

I've been a professional software engineer for over 20 years and recently took a grad course that used this book. I can honestly say I was somewhat dismayed when I read the 2 previous reviews and had to plunk down the cash to buy the book just the same.

Overall, I thought the author's style was easy to read and understand and I thought the book flowed well. The content was, for me, a nice review of topics that I haven't encountered in quite a while in my day to day activities.

Unlike the other reviewers, I don't have any clever one liners that I want to see in print next to my name or want to trash the whole book because of one or two shortcomings.

The book is not "great" but, IMHO, it is pretty good for classroom work. The author does get a little loose with terminology and, at times, you'll encounter some ambiguous content that you have to work a little to get through.

As I said previously, it was a fairly easy read which counts for a lot with me. A lot of these text books are technically accurate but are also a royal pain to try and read while staying awake.

The author (apparently) has a teaching tool available to instructors only that generates test questions. Some of the questions are ambiguous but that generated classroom discussions on the how/why they were ambiguous so we learned more that way as well.

For me, this book was definitely worth it but, then again, I wanted to learn -- not just write a clever and scathing review.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great guide for those with NO experience

Except for some dabbling on the old Commodore 64 many many moons ago my programming experience is zap. This book has started me on the VB track. My husband who is a professional code cutter believes this book is excellent for those starting out.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for Absolute Beginners!

The reviews here are spot-on! If you have been trying to get started in programming but just can't get off the ground, this is the book for you. Not only will you get through it, but you will have fun! I can't put this book down, and when I started I didn't know the first thing about C or programming.