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ADT Book Review: Say hello to CodeNotes

Bigger is not always better in books. You learn it over and over, yet you do have a warmer feeling when you carry home a bigger tome on XSL, JDO or what have you. So often a bigger book just means more effort on your part, trying to find the one thing you need, which may be presented, after massive buildup, in a mere throwaway line. Gregory Brill, the editor of a new series from Random House, had just such an experience in mind when he and his cohorts set out to create CodeNotes. The goal is to provide what readers need in a direct manner. There is background, yes, but it is background aimed at the practitioner.

Thus, CodeNotes for .NET arrives as a solution-oriented, bread-and-butter, no-padding offering. It is a quick read, but let's face it, the point is to be done with books and get coding. The packaging is nice, although there is some "bleed-through" in the inking of the pages. The introduction to the .NET framework is useful even for developers that may never work directly in that well-touted environment.

Also in the CodeNotes series are brief but useful books on XML, Java, J2EE and Web-based UIs.

CodeNotes for .NET edited by Gregory Brill; Random House; New York, 2001.

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Charles Bogle is a freelance writer, former Timex Z80 programmer and one-time trapeze artist.

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