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Logitech OEM Deluxe 650 Wireless Desktop Black
Logitech OEM Deluxe 650 Wireless Desktop Black

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Product - Bargain Price, 6 Sep 2007
I picked this product because I wanted a wireless keyboard and mouse that closely matched my desktop wired keyboard and mouse. If you look closely, notice that the key layout is similar to a standard desktop keyboard. The arrow keys and insert/delete/home/end/pgup/pgdn keys are in the "right" place. In short, this product does not have the compact keyboard layout of fancier and more expensive products. Notice also that the mouse is not shaped for right-handers; lefties like me can use this mouse without developing a weightlifters forearm and spock-like death grip on the mouse. If you want a plain keyboard and mouse that are as good as your wired standard desktop, choose this product.


MCAD Training Guide 70-316: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with C# and Visual Studio.NET
MCAD Training Guide 70-316: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with C# and Visual Studio.NET
by Amit Kalani
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good But Sections Not Well Weighted, 29 May 2004
I passed by 70-316 exam on March 20th 2004 with a score of 858 after studying with this book.
My overall impression is that too much space is given to describing Windows Forms controls, and not enough is given to ADO, i.e. the step up from playing with visual controls and components in chapters 1 to 3, to data binding and consuming and manipulating data in chapters 4 and 5 is too great. It would be wise for beginners to go away and read "ADO.NET" by Sceppa before doing chapters 4 and 5. For chapter 12, Testing and Debugging, make sure you know how an application stores configuration information in its config file, and not just for tracing and debugging, for storing other dynamic settings like conection strings and user-defined settings.
Do all the labs and Apply Your Knowledge bits of this book, and do some background reading on ADO.NET and you should pass the exam.


MCAD / MCSD Training Guide: Exam 70-320: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual C# .NET and the .NET Framework
MCAD / MCSD Training Guide: Exam 70-320: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual C# .NET and the .NET Framework
by Amit Kalani
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Broad Coverage, 29 May 2004
I passed the 70-320 yesterday with a score of 951, after studying with this book. Coverage is very good. Be sure to download the errata from [...] Be aware that some examples need revision since the book was written/printed when the 1.0 Framework was current. In the COM+ section my initial efforts were thwarted by "Access Denied" when trying to use deployed COM+ components however those problems were solved by switching off security for the affected labs. If you've developed before, minor errors like that can be solved with ease. Be sure to study the XML produced by the visual designer and in general, do the end of chapter Apply Your Knowledge exercises, since it's through those exercises that much of the chapters main text is consolidated and understood.
I can also recommend the following books:
Microsoft's ".NET XML Web Services Step By Step" by Freeman/Jones as a beginners tutorial. Very easy, engaging and enjoyable.
"Remoting with C# and .NET" by David Conger. The writing style is excellent; I wish my technical writing was as good.
Altogther, Kalani did a good job on this one.


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