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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
buy this book for your fireplace


My fellow programmers and I agree, this guy is cocky and he lets you know how much of a big shot he is throughout this book. Yeah sure he invented the language, that doesn't neccesarily mean he knows jack squat about writing helpful examples or putting coherent topics together. The Eskimos here know more about C++!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best ASP.NET book I've found


I own several ASP.NET books, and this has been by far the most useful. It is very readable and contains great explanations of everything. Time after time when I've had a question, this has been the book that gave me the anwer. All the code samples work, as far I've tried them so far. If you are new to ASP.NET, I highly recommend this book. This is not just a simple re-hash of the Microsoft documentation.
However, you should know that the examples are in VB.NET only. Also, the examples do not use code-behind.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Its time for Expect Cookbook


Expect is a life saver in our unix environment and Don Libes has done a great service to the sysadmins of the world by developing this tool. If I could rate expect, it would get five stars and Libes would get a metal for making my job easier. However, for the book, three stars for poor organization (and everything else previously mentioned by a frustrated reviewer from Boston). I get so frustrated paging back and forth in the book, holding the index with one finger, trying to find the little code snippits I need to do the job. The book starts off well enough and there are wonderful techniques which I have been able to adopt, but as the book proceeds, and the examples get more complex, the explanations wane. How 'bout it, you exepect experts, is anyone out there willing to develop the "Expect Cookbook"?



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
First Class solid intro to Win32


I've found the basic WIN32 topic well covered. However, I've been looking for a good discussion of the List View and other common controls. Most of them are basically ignored in this book.