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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I Agree With the Positive Reviews of This Book


It took me about a week to read this book. As a software developer, I need to know how to access data using SQL, and not, genrally speaking, database design. This book was a great tool for me to refresh, practice, and expand my SQL. Ben Forta has done a good job of presenting essential material concisely.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, John Strang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Daunted by UNIX? Fear not.


The O'Reilly series is definitely top dog in the reference arena, and this book is no exception. As a Web Designer looking to get into IT, I picked this book up and was working from the UNIX command line within 5 minutes. Need I say more? If you're at all interested in this UNIX monster, buy this book. Great stuff to get you started!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extraordinary book about the "Art of OO Design"


Finally a book in OO that can compare with the legendary D. Knuth books "The Art of Programming Vol. 1-3". It is time that Software Designer understand that more Engineering methods can be applied in their field than they ever thought. This book is a good example for that.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Broad based content - good introduction + reference book


I read this after programming pure Java on the business logic layer for half a year, and had the need to learn EJB and Servlets because I'm evaluating app server like Weblogic. I found the materials in this book very appropriate in terms of the details and depth. However it doens't indulge into particular Java language details so it's good for anyone who wanna know more about how this technology behind many production web sites' middle tier workflow logic works.
Pros:
- The first five chapters have very detailed introduction to the Servlet basics: again, great for beginners.
- It then goes into a broad-based perspective to mention how to do various interesting stuff with servlets. I particularly like Chapters 7,8,9,11,13 - Session Tracking, Security and Database Connectivity, Interservlet Communication and other miscelleaneous stuff such as how to do Regular Expression.
- I like the examples where probably half of them are actually useful utilities which you can use to faciliate your own applications
Cons:
- Published back in 1998, the book works with Java Servlet API 2.0 which is now outdated. I tried to use the getServlet() call mentioned in the discussion of Servlet Reuse. It's not working since version 2.1. And the session tracking API also give deprecated warnings. The book is probably due for a second edition but for the time being it's still a good starter if you use it together with Sun's Java website or Weblogic's Servlet examples.