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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Administration Handbook
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Book with exceptionally bad index

Yes, the book is not bad... But the index at the end is so bad, basically think that the book has no index if you plan to buy it. That's like everything in linux: it seems great but just impossible to use. :-)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome, but beware

This is a great book. It's loaded with examples, it is comprehensive in its coverage, and it conveys both the practical and philosophical aspects of this huge new revolution known as XML. The author has a wonderful explanation of how XSL was designed to not include an assignment operator. This is not the work of some dope just trying to waste paper and catch a ride on the latest wave.
The beware is that the author recommends his own XSLT processor (Saxon). It is good and I would encourage people to use it, but it does some really stupid things that could drive you crazy. For instance, if one of the files you stipulate on the command line cannot be found, it doesn't tell you that, it just throws the filename up on the screen instead of the output. Likewise, if you leave the <xsl:stylesheet> tag open, it will just say 'error processing stylesheet no more input'. These are but two examples. We also found that his implementation of the crucial document function doesn't work in his Java code, where the Apache projects did. It's a shame these kinds of things are in here because XSLT allows you to very quickly perform some incredibly sophisticated feats without killing yourself. Definitely buy, just proceed with caution once you start working with it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Theoretically Grounded Practical Advice

Having read Chapter 3: Methods Common to All Objects, which is available along with Chapter 5 on developer.java.sun.com, I'm going to buy the book. Like other chapters, the third is loosely organized into a series of essays vaguely labeled as "Items", the generic naming of which is a direct insult to the genre that brought you rules, propositions, theorems, corollaries, conjectures, desiderata, axioms, patterns, and even tips. Chapter three's contributions include Item 7: Obey the general contract when overriding equals, Item 8: Always override hashCode when you override equals, Item 9: Always override toString, Item 10: override clone judiciously, and Item 11: Consider implementing Comparable. Not exactly forceful advice. Luckily, Bloch's content rises above the item-oriented organization.
Taken together, the suggestions in the third chapter provide a clear and well-reasoned articulation of the citizenship requirements for a good Object as imposed by the Java class libraries.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

This book has been put together in a BIG hurry. It is full of misspellings, charts that are wrong (e.g. Fig 3-6 shows "Contract Administration" twice, once in the wrong box), and worst of all: Questions that have wrong answers (p.100, Q7. "Events that must NOT occur for project to be successful are _____" Anyone who has remotely done PM would know it is _RISKS_!! The answer in the book shows it as "Constraints"!)
Following up on another reviewer's comment, the authors have figured out a weird way of sequencing the topics. They might have their reasons for following such sequence, but they do not share with the reader. You are left scratching your head and the frustration just keep growing!!
Stay away from this book and save your sanity. I will be returning it and demanding my money back!!