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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Official eBay Bible
Publisher: Gotham
Authors: Jim "Griff" Griffith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Don't get unless you are absolutely new to Ebay!

This book states that there is plenty for the new and seasoned Ebayer, but I could hardly find anything that would help experienced users. There is a large part devoted to using HTML...c'mon now, who would want to type in your own HTML from scratch when there is so many free or cheap editors out there! I thought this book would give some good tips on saving time on producing auctions.
The rest of the book pretty much just steps you through the basics of registering, site tours, and other really basic stuff. There is a lot of opinions and blatant advertising. There is a lot of good "How I got started with Ebay" stories that will show new Ebayers, just how much you can accomplish. I was hping there would be a lot more funny or uplifting stories from long time Ebayers, but apparently only a small group of Ebayers were picked to be in this book.
Uncle Griff....there is definately another book to be made from all the Ebay experiences out there! I know you must have tons more stuff!
Again....there just isn't enough info in this book worth getting, unless you are brand new to Ebay.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
thought provoking

At first impression this book is for the beginners. Just read the chapternames: Introduction to Objects, Controlling Program Flow, Polymorphism. Butwhen you dig deeper, you find non-trivial details and unique views on the subject.
This book looks at the Java language and its main features and facilities from manydifferent angles, and many of its points are refreshing. What's moreremarkable is that the author does not dump on you intrinsic details as ifpreparing you for the Java topics on Jeopardy, as some authors do. BruceEckel finds pearls in common features and gives you just enough details to makea point. This is a very clear, thought provoking, and useful book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced PHP Programming
Publisher: Sams
Authors: George Schlossnagle
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Just read the book

This is the 3rd PHP book I've read. In my opinion, a professional PHP programmer can find a lot of useful things in this book about serious programming in PHP. The disadvantages of the book, however, are:

1. many errors in the code
2. also the code is not organized very well (it is not plug 'n' play)
3. the sort of difficult language (for non-English speaking readers)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's Right

I've read the reviews: mostly good, some bad. Know what really matters? It's right. The code works, and there's no typos. So what if Petzold doesn't use the IDE? What he wrote is right. The text is right and the code is right. If you want to go nuts debugging code written by some hack, buy someone else's book.If you want code that works, and text that makes sense, buy Petzold.