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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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent for Total Beginners

If this is the first time you hear the words servlet and JSP, then this book is for you. Basically, with this book you can run your first servlet and JSP pages quick. However, if you've done some programming before, this book does not provide anything useful beyond that point.
In a nutshell, good for total beginners, but no in-depth examples or real world applications.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rebecca M. Riordan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Resource - Help in a step by step approach !!!

Being new to programming, I have decided to go down the .NET path, the ADO.NET Step by Step book has been invaluable to me in getting started with ADO.NET. A good concise guide for the beginner, ADO.NET Step by Step has given me good coverage on the ADO.NET technology, and allowed me to further explore it capabilities. The structure of the book starts with the basics, and then progressively builds upon the knowledge from previous chapters. It was also a great relief to not spend hours typing in code samples, but to be able to simply load the samples and run them in Visual Studio .NET with no difficulty. I had a problem with one sample, but was able to successfully get it working based on what I had learned from the book. The authors style is easy to read, and follow. Thus making the ADO.NET Step by Step a good book to spend time with, and can be read without having to spend hours in front of the PC all the time, but also in a standard reading format. I would recommend this as a excellent book to someone who is starting out with ADO.NET and the Microsoft .NET Technologies, it will make the learning a pleasure, and is will structured to boot! Thanks Rebecca, I look forward to reading additional titles from you in the future.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Advanced Guide to Struts

This book is a must have! I've been programming with Struts for about 6 months and I didn't want a beginners guide. This book hits the perfect level with me and covers the stuff that I wanted to know about. It's definitely not a beginners guide, although I think even beginning Struts developers should read it to save themselves time later.
Here's why I'm giving it five stars:
Chapter 1 - Covers MVC and Model 2 Background and TriviaChapter 2 - Covers Request/Response and Forward/Redirect InfoChapter 3 - Good overview of the framework with the Bank example (All banking code is provided, including Ant scripts)
Chapter 4 - A complete chapter on configuring the web.xml and struts-config.xml (Some parameter are missing because of changes after book release)
Chapter 5 - A great chapter on explaining the controller of Struts
Chapter 6 - The reason to buy this book! Everything you ever wanted to know about how to build the model for Struts
Chapter 7 - Dynamic Forms Coverage (Good Coverage)Chapter 8 - Tags (This chapter could have been better!)
Chapter 9 - The explanation of why and how to extend Struts if neccessary for any real Struts applications.
Chapter 10 - Great coverage of the declarative and programmatic exception handling
Chapter 11 - Coverage of the validator framework. Also covers how to create your own rules and to use it outside of Struts
Chapter 12 - Good I18N CoverageChapter 13 - Excellent chapter on EJBs and Struts (A must read!!!)
Chapter 14 - Tiles, but I've not read this chapter close enough to comment.
Chapter 15 - The best information available on Logging in a web application (A must read by all!)
Chapter 16 - Solid coverage of using Ant to package Struts. (Ant scripts are included)
Chapter 17 - Decent chapter on Performance
Overall, each chapter covers exactly what more advanced Struts users want and need.
You can't go wrong buying this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
well done!

a great book for the right person. if your a game programmer already then there maybe not that much for you in here, but if your reasonable at 'c' and new to games, you can't go wrong! one thing though make sure you know your compiler if you don't, then don't expect much help from andre' or the book!