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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
You want to master Java, buy TIJ?

If you've done some programming(Learn python if you haven't done any programming and want to master Java, there is not a better book than TIJ. Buy it, read it, breathe it and experiment with it, I think you'll have a strong foundation in Java and OOP. in general. Another book that I recommend is Java in a Nutshell 2ndE by David Flanagan. TIJ and Java in Nutshell are a perfect couple.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent, but overwhelming.

This is a great book and good prep for the CISSP exam.
But there is far too much information.
If the author could cut out about 20% of the extraneous information, this would be a grand slam of a book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J2EE Web Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
No value for the money

This book is not very promising for those want to build a real-world Web services architecture. This book repeats the tutorial of Sun's Java web services. The book completely forgot about how to make all components work together and lack content how to implement Web services from legacy J2EE components, Interoperability with .NET or other Web services solutions etc. I found the first 3 chapters and last 2 chapters does not make sense. Besides, the book is more typical and spends more content like the free Java tutorial download from Sun site. Where is the value ?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learning VB? Just pay for this book.

With this book, Francesco Balena started my VB programming career.
This book begins easy enough for someone with introductory programming experience to begin programming in a professional language.
Like other books in the series, it covers a lot of ground, giving enough depth for you to be able to obtain more advanced, in depth and specific reference materials including case studies on the Internet, such as MSDN.
If you're looking to start programming, this is the beginning of the road, and will certainly be a great reference for a long time.