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A lot of computer books certainly are crap. I tend to either buy books on
reccomendation, publisher, or of course for a class, or just borrow books
from friends. All of the ones that I've bought w/o reccomendation seem to
have been pretty bad. Are computer books for classes generally bad and
expensive? I'd consider C++ Program Design a reason to almost not take Comp
Prog I and II at Drexel, but I haven't exactly taken many computer courses
so I defer to those w/ more experience here.
Incidentally, I ran accross the funniest course in a Temple non-credit
Beyond the Basics:
World Wide Web - Downloading
Find out how to download and work with files from the Internet, including
un-zipping and installing the downloaded files. Learn about security
features on the Internet.
I have some knowledge of how these publishing methods work. Th epublishing
company will see a niche that needs a book, and put out a contract whoever
writes the book gets X sum of cash..
the authors lobby for privs to write the book..and someone gets it.
It's kinda the reverse o fthe traditional writing industry..someone writes
book, and takes it to a publisher...
Consequently, the quality of said books may be spotty from time to time..I
to go to Borders, get all of the boooks on a subject I was intereasted in,
over to the cafe, and peruse them all until I found the one that best
I no longer do that...after numerous trips like this, I realised this was a
pointless gesture..now I go in, and grab one of two publishers, O'Reilly,
Stone Soup (altho' Stone Soup wqas purchased by sams and haven't published
book since). And I'm cretain I've got the best book on the subject..end of
Sorry for thejittery tone of this email, and the typos, I've had *WAY* too
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