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Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 (Wrox Beginning Guides)
Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 (Wrox Beginning Guides)
by Thearon Willis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to learn programming in Visual Basic 2008, 29 May 2009
Thearon Willis and Bryan Newsome did a great job in this book.

Although their work is called "Beginning [Microsoft Visual Basic 2008]", I was pleasantly surprised it was a lot more than that. The book takes a complete programming-ignorant user and turns him/her into a seasoned Visual Basic coder who can achieve fairly complex solutions.

The book is made of 25 chapters, 5 appendixes and a whopping 800+ pages covering almost all possible aspects of modern Visual Basic implementation. You will have probably learnt most of how Visual Basic 2008 works by the time you reach Chapter 10. There are some chapters covering specialized topics such as database handling, web projects, and developing for mobile devices.

I have to admit I did't finish the book, but it left me wondering: it seems so complete that I can't imagine what "Professional Visual Basic 2008" (published by Wrox as well) might add other than good coding practices and mission-critical application tweaking.

The only reason I won't rate it 5/5 is that I would have wanted this book printed in colour. Visual Basic programming is all about visually-pleasing coding. Why not learning as well?


Fundamentals of Neurology: An Illustrated Guide
Fundamentals of Neurology: An Illustrated Guide
by Marco Mumenthaler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £45.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great textbook that can become even better in the next edition., 4 Feb. 2007
Professors Mumenthaler and Mattle almost got it perfect!

The book is an excellent example of how a good entry-level manual of Neurology should be done. Especially regarding the way we learn Neurology in a [continental] European context. In less than 300 pages the professors treat the whole gamut of neurological topics a student of Medicine should know, including the ancillary exams (imaging, electrophysiological, etc).

I hope the book becomes even better in the next edition with the reworking-expansion of some topics which were less treated (ie pharmacology of the Nervous System) in my opinion. If it succeeds in remaining relatively small, say 400 pages, it would be the best Neurology textbook [at least to pass the exam!] according to efficiency (notions/volume).


Porsche 993 - King of Porsche: The Essential Companion
Porsche 993 - King of Porsche: The Essential Companion
by Adrian Streather
Edition: Paperback
Price: £80.00

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate air-cooled Porsche guide!, 2 April 2006
Wow, what an excellent buy! The book is an amazing sum of information about one of the best Carreras ever coming out of Stuttgart: the 993!

In this volume you'll find almost anything you need to buy, service, and learn about one of the most successful incarnations of the glorious 911. Everything is covered with many photos from the author and other Porsche fans who have loved and cared for this amazing car.

The only reason I give 4 out of 5 in the final verdict is because I feel it could be more complete if some of the photos were in color. I also think that some more full technical diagrams (from Porsche AG) could be present. Small things that could get corrected in a 2nd edition.

But don't get me wrong, this book is the best you can find out there about the King of Porsche! Tons of information about every aspect of the car imaginable. Certainly a good buy.


Codename Panzers Phase One (PC)
Codename Panzers Phase One (PC)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £4.95

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute 3D RTS WW2 experience!, 4 Oct. 2004
Five stars for this title cause CDV did it again. After Sudden Strike and Blitzkrieg the usual-suspect publisher brought us this fantastic 3D real-time strategy game. Powered by the 'Gepard' 3D Engine the developers (Stormregion) delivered amazing graphics and sound, a fast and furious gameplay, and over 100 actual units used in WW2. Add to this many hours of multiplayer fun over the Internet thanks to the integrated GameSpy client. Last, let me stress it's not as CPU/graphics-intensive as you might think and it can play fairly well even in older rigs.
In this game Second World War is raging in a whole new dimension! See you online... :)


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