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Book Reviews

These are all books that I've read and the review is by me.

Murach's SQL Server 2005 for Developers

by Bryan Syverson & Joel Murach

Book for teaching how to write SQL for SQL Server 2005

monad MSH the microsoft shell


By: Andy Oakley

Quick introduction to the beta version of the Microsoft Shell (MSN).

Murach's ASP.Net 2.0 Upgrader's Guide: VB Edition

By: Anne Boehm and Joel Murach

Targeted at the experienced ASP.Net developer who's ready to upgrade.

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Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .Net

By: James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov

Describes the philosophy of test-driven development and shows how to implement it in Microsoft .Net using NUnit and FIT.

A First Look at SQL Server 2005 for Developers

By: Bob Beauchemin, Niels Berglund, and Dan Sullivan

There’s a lot for developers to learn about SQL Server 2005.  A First Look at SQL Server for Developers is a good way to get started.  It’s worthwhile even if you don’t have a version of SQL Server 2005 to play around with.

Windows Forms Programming in Visual Basic .Net

by Chris Sells and Justin Ghetland

Assumes the basics and goes into the next level of detail about how the .Net Framework and Visual Basic can be used to implement WinForms applications.

Visual Basic.Net Power Coding

by Paul Kimmel

Another book that takes the user beyond the introductory level for Visual Basic.Net programming and into some of the more difficult areas of .Net Framework programming.  It also covers some of the basic topics such as ASP.Net, ADO.Net, and Web Services and introduces more advanced use of these areas.

Visual Basic .Net Business Objects

Expert One-on-One
Visual Basic .Net Business Objects

by Rockford Lhotka

Design and construction of the CSLA business object framework.  This is a well thought out design for business applications that are both flexible and scalable.

Building Solutions with Microsoft's .Net Compact Framework

by Dan Fox and Jon Box

Architecture and Best Practices for Mobile Development

Learning C#

By: Jesse Liberty

Publisher: O'REILLY  2002
This is a book with a simple defined purpose: to teach the syntax of the C# language to programmers who know other languages.  It accomplishes its purpose concisely and in a style that I found easy to read. I bought it when I jumped into C# development in the Spring of 2003 and it made the jump easy.

Professional Crystal Reports in Visual Studio.Net

By: David McAmis

A book that helps you get past some of the frustrating parts of Crystal Reports and contains a lot more run-of-the-mill descriptions on how to create reports.

Web Style Guide

Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites

2nd Edition

By: Partick J. Lynch and Shara Horton
 Yale University Press  2000

How to Do Everyting with FrontPage 2002

By: David Plotkin

Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill  2001

Basic guide to the functionality of FrontPage 2002

Search Engine Visibility (SEO)

Search Engine Visibility

by Shari Thurow

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques for the long haul.  The importance of content, links, keyword placement, directories, pay-per-click are all discussed.

.Net Framework Security

.Net Framework Security

by LaMacchia, Lange, Lyons, Martin, and Price

All aspects of security in .Net.  Most importantly: Code Access Security (CAS), encryption, code signing.  Examples in C#.

Teenage Hankers

The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers

by Dan Vertion

What motivates the teenage hacker?  How do the hack?  How to they get caught?

Programming ASP.Net

Programming ASP.Net

by Jessie Liberty and Dan Hurwitz

A great way to get started programming ASP.Net in either C# or VB.Net.


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