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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Deepak Alur, John Crupi, Dan Malks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have J2EE Book

This book is the best J2EE book I have come across since started working with J2EE a few years ago. There are may other books that talk about technology and API and stuff. But, what this book does is go beyond that and talk about the best practices and patterns that aid you in using the technology. I particularly liked the refactorings, though after being involved with many J2EE application architecture/design, some of this was a validation of how I had done my own design and improvements.
These J2EE patterns are also something I have used in the past, but naming and the way the authors have catalogued it makes it very useful for me to document and describe the design. It also streamlines the way my team works since a lot of fluff is eliminated in the design document and communication by using the patterns which encapsulate the details!
On the minus side, the last chapter could be a little more detailed and the pictures in that chapter could be more clearer. I think the last chapter only brushes the tip of the iceberg. It should have elaborated a more complete application. But then, it does give you some direction.
Overall, I rate this book as 5 Star/Excellent. I only wish I had this book when I started to do J2EE programming/development years ago. So if you are getting into J2EE or have been doing J2EE for a while, go get this book. It saves a lot of time and trouble!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UNIX for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Unix for Dummies Is A Must

I am very computer literate and I have no clue on how to use Unix. I tried Unix for Dummies and now that I know the basics, I'm an expert at it

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An extremely valuable introductory book.

Scott Kelby has written a great book for digital photographers employing a "cookbook" rather than the more intimidating comprehemsive "users manual" approach to this intimidating program. This book will get you using the most useful features of this program quickly and effortlessly.
You need to understand however that this is not intended as, nor is it a comprehensive users manual. Kelby employs a simpler approach. By enabling the reader to delve quickly into the most useful features of the program he can then explore the more daunting aspects of the program at his leisure. I've found that this approach to learning nearly anything works best for me. To concentrate exclusively on the mundane details of any subject to the exclusion of the more interesting practical aspects nearly always leads to boredom. Kelby has avoided this pitfall.
I've read other Photoshop books and none of them have been as useful or practical as this one. Photoshop is chock full of features tailored to the needs of the digital photographer and Scott Kelby has gone far towards making these accessible even to the neophyte.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book, it covers a lot of game programming topics

If you wanna get into GAME'S PROGRAMMING world this book is for you. Lamonthe explains all topics really kindly, nothing is going to get hung. The only problem is that sometimes you'll find some lines of source code surplus so be careful. I think there is nothing else to say about except that the book is amazing.