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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect book to get you started with Servlets and JSPs

This book is perfect for everyone who wants to get started with java web components. It's written in a very readable style and it does not take much effort to read the more than 500 pages from cover to cover.
The first 200 pages cover most of what you need to know about Servlets. There are several good code examples as illustration to the concepts, though some of them are a bit lengthy for my taste. This part of the book ends with the mandatory On-Line-Store-Using-a-Shopping-Cart-and-Session-Tracking-example.
The next 150 pages covers all the basic elements and techniques for JSPs, including Custom Tags. The core concepts are explained in a way that is easily understood. Again, good example code for the most part, but some examples could have been made shorter.
The third part of the book covers supporting technologies. One chapter is about using HTML forms. Another chapter is about using Applets as Servlet front ends. The final chapter is about JDBC, where a large part is devoted to important concept of connection pooling.
I highly recommend this book for everyone who is getting started with Servlets and JavaServer Pages.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book - Go get it !

Excellent book, not only for certification but even otherwise. A lot better than the other 2 certification books which are loaded with "typos" ! Sample test and sample questions in the book give a proper simulation for the kinds of questions on the actual test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The *definitive* book on CLR and .NET internals!!

I have been working with .NET for almost two years now and had extremely high expectations for this book. Not only have they been met but far surpassed! This book is absolutely amazing and full of detailed information unavailable anywehere else. Even people that have worked with .NET for 2 years struggle over how JIT of methods really works: Does it JIT each method and then cache or JIT each time? Richter shows you on page 15 in detail. By page 9, he is already on a detailed explanation of how the CLR loads and the JMP _CorExeMain mechaism. I read the first 70 pages last night and I can say with confidence that I learned something new every page! How rare that is for a technical book and how rare especially for a .NET book. Assemblies and how they are made up internally are covered in Chapter 2, Shared Assemblies in 3, then types. But the crown jewel, IMHO, of this book, is Chapter 19, on Garbage Collection, which is the best darn detailed explanation of GC in .NET anywhere and finalization. This book is a *must* have for any serious .NET programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: AutoCAD 2005 For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Mark Middlebrook
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A helpful guide and reference book.

I was looking for an AutoCAD reference book that is helpful for two types of user. First, for users who do not use AutoCAD regularly who at times has to be able to perform certain tasks to some AutoCAD files, usually without any technical assistance.

Secondly, for technical managers who do not use AutoCAD, but need to keep him/herself up-to-date with the current technology.

I found Mark's book addresses the needs of both users nicely. The book is divided into parts that cover different types of task required when putting a CAD drawing together. From file setup, basic drawing commands, text and dimension, to xref and paperspace, the book gives readers an overview of this powerful tool in an organized manner.

The "New in 2005" icon is very handy. By flipping through the book and looking for this icon, one can quickly scan the whole book and get an idea of what's new in this version, and their key benefit.

The book includes useful information that is handy to have. Did you ever need to know exactly what is an ANSI E size sheet? Go to Table 3-2, and you'll find the Common Plot Sheet Sizes.

The "WARNING" sign is something that readers should not ignore. Paragraphs tagged with warning icon are helpful advises to avoid painful consequences.

I found Table 5-1 very handy. For AutoCAD Drawing Commands toolbar, this table listed the Button, Command Name, Major Options, and Menu Command Name on one page for reference. I wish there are more tables like this one to cover other major toolbars such as Modify, etc.

Overall, I found the book easy to read, and I enjoy the humorous touches that is always a plus to dry technical material that we are dealing with.