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    bonk

    http://pdc05.blogspot.com/2005/08/books-books-books.html

    Do you know of any other cool new books (especially on c++/CLI, managed/unmanaged interop, WinFX) or have any more info about Chris Anderson's and/or Jean-Luc David's book?

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    bonk

    how do PDC prices compare to amazon prices ?

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    blowdart

    I have to say the books I bought on beta 2 of the framework were poor, at best. Dino Esposito's book was probably the worst of the lot. Minimal technical information, lots of puff.

    So no more buying books about betas for me.

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    irascian

    Bonk,

    I haven't been to a PDC (just European TechEd) so not sure.  For me the issue is more that books that will take a few weeks to find their way through the distribution system are likely to be on sale at PDC (Ian Griffiths indicated his book was being prepped specifically to make sure it was available in time for PDC), plus the USD/UKP differential will make them cheaper anyway.

    I don't use Amazon anyway - I find www.compman.co.uk to be much cheaper (especially since if you sign up for their newsletter they frequently give you a discount code that gives 10% extra discount off their already low prices and I've never missed 'next day' delivery where Amazon have sometimes taken weeks for their promised next day delivery)

    Blowdart,

    Tell me about it! That being said I'm quite impressed with the "A Developer's Notebook" series. For someone with not much time the "Visual C# 2005 A Developer's Notebook" cuts straight to the chase on the new stuff pretty quickly.

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    irascian

    One way and another this is going to be an expensive trip! Wink

    Based on my TechEd experience I'm taking a large suitcase containing very little so that I can bring all the booty back.

    Ian Griffiths book is on my "Must buy" list but I suspect that if you've already been working with Avalon this might prove too "beginner-oriented" for you.

    I think it's still early days yet for Vista/Avalon books but that's quite a list already. Personally I'm waiting for the glut of ASP.NET 2.0 books although what usually happens is the best books don't surface until several months after the product has shipped. Fritz Onion's "Essential ASP.NET 2.0" will be near the top of my list but that's not due out until early next year.

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