Textbooks : How optional are the "optional" textbooks? Need help from CS majors, too!
I noticed that in the UCLA bookstore you are given your required textbooks and your optional ones. Are the optional ones really required for a good grade, sometimes used, used on important occasions, or barely used at all? Could I wait until the start of class to purchase these optional textbooks? Or do I need to buy them at all?
Also, I looked around on the Internet on Bing shopping, Ebay, Amazon, textbooks.com, and abebooks.com, and couldn't find any textbooks being really cheaper than the UCLA bookstore anywhere, (all were non-auction and no cheaper than $5). Is there a cheap place to buy used or new UCLA textbooks?
I noticed that under the optional textbook area there were two different textbooks:
Absolute C++ (3rd)
Absolute C++ (3rd) W/codemate (Custom Ed).
Are these textbooks needed in class? If so, how often do we need them? Plus, they seem to be the same book, but different editions. So, is one edition going obsolete and being replaced by the other? Basically, which one should I buy, if I should buy either?
I know that's a lot, so thanks a bunch in advance.