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Napoleon Hill Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement, Napoleon Hill, ISBN: 978-0452272811
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), Timothy Ferriss, ISBN: 978-0307465351
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Category: Windows programming

06/17/07

Permalink 11:57:14 am, by lano1106, 82 words, 926 views   English (CA)
Categories: Windows programming, Windows programming

Effective COM: 50 ways to improve your COM and MTS based applications

Effective COM: 50 Ways to Improve Your COM and MTS-based Applications, Keith Brown, Tim Ewald, Chris Sells, Don Box, ISBN: 0201379686

This book borrow the format that made the Effective C++ popular. It presents 50 tips on COM. Its targeted audience is developers that have been using COM for a while. Prior knowledge of COM is expected for reading this book. In general, it provides very good tips but the only exception is the section about MTS. Maybe the tips are good but I do not know as I have never worked with MTS. That section contains 8 tips of the 50 tips of the book.

06/16/07

Permalink 11:12:50 am, by lano1106, 190 words, 1087 views   English (CA)
Categories: Windows programming, Windows programming

Understanding ActiveX and OLE

Understanding Activex and Ole, David Chappell, ISBN: 1572312165

Usually, when I read a book on a programming technology, I expect to see some source code somewhere. This book is surprising in that regard because it only contains plain english from the first page to the last. There was a hint on the cover page by indicating that managers are included in the targeted audience. This feature has some merits but is also a pain at some other places.

When presenting software to programmers, the most straight to the point way to present the material, it is with source code and I feel that at some occasions, a function definition would have replaced pages of explanations. On the other hand, it is easy to get lost in pages of source code filled with error condition handling code where a simple paragraph of plain english would have been enough to communicate the general idea behind a software module.

With these remarks in mind, this is why, as a programmer, I did not like the first few chapters describing COM basics and really appreciated the last chapters covering OLE compound documents, ActiveX and the usage of COM by MS Internet Explorer.

06/15/07

Permalink 09:50:22 pm, by lano1106, 76 words, 533 views   English (CA)
Categories: Windows programming, Windows programming

Essential COM

Essential COM, Don Box, ISBN: 0201634465

I have learned a lot with this book. I would not qualify the book an introduction book because unless you have some background knowledge and practice, you are going to find the last chapters hard to digest. What the book does is to covers the essential principles of COM with great details. This will make the first reading very interesting and it will make you come back from time to time to seek back specific detail.

Permalink 10:27:25 am, by lano1106, 43 words, 542 views   English (CA)
Categories: Windows programming, Windows programming

Inside COM

Inside Com, Dale Rogerson, ISBN: 1572313498

This book is probably the best COM introduction book for C++ programmers. It walks you through the basics such as the IUnknown and the IDispatch interfaces, the different types of COM servers and the threading models. Everything is explained in clear writing style.

06/13/07

Permalink 11:42:39 am, by lano1106, 61 words, 725 views   English (CA)
Categories: Windows programming, Windows programming

ADO : Activex Data Objects

ADO : ActiveX Data Objects, Jason T. Roff, ISBN: 1565924150

I have also read Programming ADO from David Sceppa and I prefer this one because it contains a lot examples with source code. My only complain is that there is only a small C++ program and the rest are all in Visual Basic. However, this is not a big issue as it is very easy to port the samples in C++.

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