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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dino knows (his stuff)

If you code ASP.Net, you will need this book after you go through the step-by-step books. Dino is very knowledgable regarding ASP.Net and should be considered as one of the best writers on the subject.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft .NET Distributed Applications: Integrating XML Web Services and .NET Remoting
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Something that you should know!

All the code in this book is VB.Net. I don't know why I assumed that it would be C#. It definately would have been nice to see the words "Visual Basic Only" or something to that effect on the cover.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle Database 10g Security by Design
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: David Knox, David Knox, McGraw-Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent step by step how to guide for Oracle Security

Unlike most of Oracle's documentation, which requires you to go through several manuals to accomplish something, this book provides a high to mid level step by step guide for implementing defense in depth and least privilege security for Oracle 10G databases. Granted, this book doesn't go extremely deep to the point of Thomas Kyte's reference manual, but it is an easy read and has specific examples that will help you do basic implementations of Oracle's strongest security capabilities.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested. You will find useful material, regardless of your expertise level.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My choice as first Java book

This would be my first choice as first Java book. The authors condensed all the relevant material inside 500+ pages, as a side effect, the text is almost terse here and there but, in my opinion, it's a better option compared to one of those 1000+ monster manuals. Unlike within other competing titles, you will not find any redundancy here.
Be aware that a solid programming knowledge and at least a basic understanding of OOP is required; if you don't meet these criteria you may be better served by Ivo Horton's excellent book published by Wrox