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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
not much substance

I was very disappointed in this book after having looked forward to its publication. The book seems to have been hurriedly put together and shipped before it was completed.
Example 1: Page 898. The book refers to Appendix E which is supposed to be on the CD - it isn't.
Example 2: Page 898. The book says the transcations.sql file, used to set up the database required to run the example is on the CD - it isn't.
Example 3: Pages 1165. The authors attempt to show how to set up Bea WebLogic server to run an EJB example. The instructions are incomplete. The authors end the section with the statement "you are almost ready to deploy".
I could go on but I think you get the idea. I would have preferred a book that was more focused, with complete examples, and a book that was *finished* when it went to press.
Unfortunately it seems the Deitel and Deitel folks are more interested in creating many titles with many pages while letting quality slip (...).
Check out the new book by Gittleman entitled Advanced Java: Internet Applications and published by Scott/Jones. In about half the pages, Gittleman covers many of the same topics as Deitel and Deitel. I really like Gittleman's style.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Fleming
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hugely valuable to me

As an independent consultant I was pretty set in my thoughts about how a web site ought to navigate, and was pretty much turning them out like flapjacks. Then, a client hit me with a navigational approach -- in fact, mandated a navigational approach -- that I implemented only with many concerns. I ordered this book, assuming I knew everything there was to know <grin> about navigation, as much as ammunition in case I had to have a showdown with the client as for personal betterment. Well, sometimes really good things happen for the wrong reasons. I am really impressed with this book, and it has already been hugely valuable to me. Interestingly, it convinced me that the client was actually correct -- that their navigation idea was spot on for their market position. Actually, the effect of the book went beyond that. It started me re-thinking some of the sites I had built in the past that I still had some control over. It made me think of things I could have done differently, and it resulted in three small projects to improve navigation on existing sites. My copy is now quite dog-eared. Pages are turned down, and sticky notes inserted throughout. There are marginal notes all over the book. I have been back to it repeatedly to use one of its greatest assets: its references. Unlike some books, this one recommends a quality source no matter who publishes it. This is a pet peeve of mine with some other publishers, who can't bear to admit that any book worth referring to could come from another imprint. Yes, many references here are to other O'Reilly books, but far more are to other publishers. A ten page "Netography". A three page bibliography. References throughout the text. The nice thing is that you can take the text and run with it, and when you hit a wall there are references that can take you the rest of the way. I was also pleased to see the demo of Dreamweaver and of Imagevise on the CD-ROM. Coincidentally I had been thinking about trying both these products, and now I will get to try before I buy. Conclusion: this is the kind of technical book you can have a relationship with.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good reading - good management at Dell

I like the book. As expected, Michael Dell writes a lot about the direct model, but he also brings many good reasons why it has actually worked for Dell. For example, in chapter 10, "Learn, Direct from the Source" he explains how the direct model allows Dell to listen to the pulse of its customers &ndash; a trait that other PC manufacturers certainly could benefit from.
Another element of Dell management that I found inspiring is Dell's way of "rewarding success by narrowing responsibility" (chapter 8). By systematically taking away responsibilities from people as the company grows, they can do a better job rather than get unfocused, which is what happens in most rapidly growing companies.
Dell's management style is in line with what I found in "Survival of the Smartest," a recently published action-oriented guide to management in the Internet Age that shows how managing information and the way people use it makes all the difference in the world. Dell is a living example of this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 MCSE Core Requirements Training Kit (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not good enough.

the only thing which came to my thoughts is : for a person like me in germany , how can i buy this book & can i get the same book but in german language ? if yes then lemme know !