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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
Must read for Java Developers

there is a huge difference between just writing code that compiles and run and writing code that is robust, extensible, maintainable and readable. the latter took a lot more effort and a *whole* lot of experience. but dont worry, the author has acquired the experience for you, now all we have to do is to read it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook (Pioneering Series)
Publisher: Friends of ED
Authors: Dan Cederholm
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very well done

Dan Cederholm's book explains complex ideas in an easy to understand format with included examples. He contrasts the old way of designing web pages with new while showing the reader the advantages of using web standards.

I found several ideas that are of immediate value and helped to clear up my understanding of how to make fast loading and easy to change web pages with a minimal amount effort that separate content from style/markup.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java for Students (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas Bell, Mike Parr
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not a good choice

From my own experience I found trying to learn from this book an extremely difficult task especially being new to programming in general. I have spent more time flipping through other books trying to make sense of what these authors have written. If you are a novice to programming I suggest something with easier reading and better explanation of the topics such as Sams, Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days as suggested by the last review.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book on Coding Discipline

This is a book that almost all programmers have to read. McConnell teaches you how to be efficient and accurate in your coding styles. He explains what are the downsides of certain techniques and how to modify yourself to be more efficient. In a way, I would call this a rule book on how you should apply yourself to software development. It gives a lot of suggestions on how you should go about this field and make yourself a better programmer. Topics range from naming conventions (including when a name is too long), planning, modularity, and just plain common sense.