"Jeff: Your book saved my career.
From where I stand, that makes it all worth it.
I had a rough transition from asp to asp.net. Dispite my oop background with C++, I just didn't "get" .net.
I while googling a problem I had, I visited a forum post where you helped some one, and I was amazed... here was some one who clearly and quickly got the concept across! All that with no marketing, no over-my-head deep .net talk, and no crappy bottom-feeder worst-practices hard-coded connection string examples.
And it got better... it was either your post or your profile that mentioned your book... within 5 minutes I researched it and bought it!
I got the book; I read the book; I bookmarked dozens of pages. Then I switched from VB to C# (it seemed to help bring back those C++ concepts, and separate "what I need to do now in .net" from "old vbscript habits"), and I got coding. At last, I could move forward and be a compentent and professional programmer in .net also."