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Using the Stl: The C++ Standard Template Library
Using the Stl: The C++ Standard Template Library
von Robert Robson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 139,09

4.0 von 5 Sternen Did what I needed it to do, 17. Juli 2000
I recently needed to do some work with the STL and at the time, this looked like the best book available based upon the editor's description and the comments I saw here.
I needed to do some work with the sorting algortihms, and some basic collections. I also wrote some wrappers around the strings and collection for MFC programmers so they could use the MFC CString, CArray, CMap, and CList based classes without a dependance on MFC. I had no problems doing that with the book.
I think there is a book out now on STL, called "STL from Scratch" or something like that. I am a big fan of Jesse Liberty and since that book has his endorsement I would have considered that book if it had been available at the time.
My recommendation: I think this is a good book, but I would check out the other book I mentioned first and see what kind of reviews it has.


The Essence of Com and ActiveX: A Programmer's Workbook with CDROM
The Essence of Com and ActiveX: A Programmer's Workbook with CDROM
von David S. Platt
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my 2 favorite books, 7. April 2000
I got the 1st edition of this book when it came out, and will get the next edition when it comes out. The book is exactly what it claims to be; I see some negative remarks in previous reviews saying that this book is a workbook and that other books have more detail. They may have more details (debateble), but don't cut right to the bone with critical info like this book does. The info per page ratio is very high. This book is not for the windows or c/c++ beginner, but is for the COM beginner. (FYI to a previous review, COM/ActiveX are essentially the same thing, OLE is based upon these, and the book doesn't cover any "OLE" technology like linking, embedding etc... and clearly states so at the beginning)
This is a good solid book for a person wishing to teach themselves COM from the basics up using practical examples.
As an aside, I was the lead developer for a successful commercial MFC/C++ class library that used COM, and this book was essential to the development of those parts of the project. Interestingly enough, some competitors of this product had certain bugs; the solution to which was in this book!
Final thoughts: This is one of my favorite books along with Programming Windows with MFC by Jeff Prosise (had to give it a plug!)


Teach Yourself XML (Teach Yourself (IDG))
Teach Yourself XML (Teach Yourself (IDG))
von Sandra E Eddy
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen Look Elsewhere, 13. Januar 2000
I basically agree with the other reviews, and would like to add that there are many technical inaccuracies in this book. In the first chapter alone (didn't browse past the 1st chapter)there are many items, such as code examples, that are just wrong. Incorrect syntax, missing brackets, and more serious errors such as presenting blatantly non well-formed XML as well formed XML. Also, the very first example of XML in the book has an internal DTD specification with no explanation of this.
I did not buy this book, but saw it in the bookstore. I am a technical reviewer of computer books, and was taking a look at the existing beginning level books on XML as part of some research. There is not much out there. Out the books I looked at for beginners, XML Bible looked good. I would skip past this one, and look elsewhere.
I bet there is some good material in this book, but I feel the convoluted format, presentation, and ordering would only serve to confuse the beginning XML reader.
Please note that I do not own the book and these comments are based on a review of the 1st chapter only.


Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (DV-MPS General)
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (DV-MPS General)
von Charles Petzold
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Cleared up some long standing fuzzy areas, 20. Dezember 1999
This book cleared up some fuzzy areas that I have always been interested in but never really had the time to pursue. I have been developing software since 1980, and got this book because of the sample chapter that I read from the MS website. Now that I have read the book, I am able to better understand the electrical system on my plane (a surprise side effect of reading the book, I expected it to be more high level)
I would recommend this book to all software developers, and also anyone that has any technical hobbies. It has much technical information, but is also very easy to read.
Steve


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