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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for beginners and more advanceed EJB readers

This is one of those rare books that is equally beneficial both to readers who are brand new to the topic and readers with substantial experience in the topic. EJB is a very large and challenging topic to explain to beginning EJB developers. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the concepts in a very clear and well thought out manner. The book is very focused on those topics that are most important to the beginning EJB developer and clarifies them wonderfully. I believe individuals who have already been programming EJBs for a little while will also enjoy this book as a way to add depth and clarity to their EJB knowledge. The author's inter-mingle a substantial number of "best-practices," and advanced issues that will be very interesting to the new and old EJB developer.
If you have the time and patience to read a 1200 page book, "Professional EJB" by Wrox Press covers a lot more material and depth. However, if you don't have the time, patience, or desire to read a 1200 page book, this "Mastering EJBs" book is much more manageable and focused at 600 pages. The O'Reilly press "Enterprise Java Beans" book by Monson-Haefel is also quite good. However, like most O'Reilly books, I think it is actually too focused and doesn't provide a clear enough picture of how the whole EJB world fits together. So if you want a moderate size book with excellent explanations, good level of depth, and excellent insights, this book is it. Enjoy!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick, Clear, and Informative

Of all the HTML books that I have seen, Elizabeth Castro's HTML For The World Wide Web is the best. The format is simple and readable with plenty of examples and no wasted words.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
You're already a victim

If you're reading this, you're already a victim of "social engineering" as Mitnick calls it. You somehow believe that reading these reviews will tell you whether the book is OK or not. But these reviews can be entered by anyone. Perhaps Mitnick has entered most of them himself or his publisher did the same; you'll never know.
So instead go down to the local bookstore, handle a copy and determine for yourself.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Active Directory: A System Administrator's Guide, Second Edition (Microsoft Windows Server System)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Sakari Kouti, Mika Seitsonen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The must-have Active Directory book!

This is a must-have Active Directory book. As the title states, it takes you inside Active Directory. Good writing style doesn't bore. Good coverage of scripting. Excellent references.
This makes a great AD reference, in addition to 'Mission Critical Active Directory', and Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit - I regularly quote material from this book in class and highly recommend it to everyone interested in getting under the hood of AD.
Bharat SunejaMCT