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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive coverage of ASP 3.0 & other web technologies


It is a very comphensive book that covers the basic of ASP 3.0 and other web technologies like XML, COM+, and ADSI, etc. I did hestitate before buying this book from the web since I was only playing with the beta version of Win2000 server. However I need to work with ASP and IIS, therefore I bought this book.
This book does cover lots of new things compared to Professional ASP 2.0 The new features of ASP 3.0 are briefly introduced in the chapter 1. There is a good coverage of ADO 2.5 in chpater 8. If you are familar with ASP 2.0, you can finish the first 10 chapters and can grasp the differences quickly. XML, IIS 5, active server components, COM/COM+, ASP Script Components, C++ component issues, ADSI and Active Directory, Message Queue Server, Collaboration Data Objects, Exchange Server integration, certificates, site load balancing, and ASP Object Model are introduced from chapter 11 to 27. These are heavy readings with minor typos. However these chapters worth the money.
I have the Beginning and Professional ASP 2.0 Wrox books and the OReilly ASP book. I like Wrox better since they use lots of examples and their teaching style is very practical. This is a must have ASP book for many web developers.



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
Good Intro Book


This book was a good INTRODUCTION book to Servlets/JSP. It doesn't provide a COMPLETE overview of Servlets and JSP but it hits on the most basic concepts of them. Some of the examples, at the time of writing, did not work...i.e - the Custom Tags. They even stated that they worked with a beta version of Tomcat 3.1 but mentioned nothing of it not working on JWS 2.0. Nonetheless, I skipped that chapter because the examples did not appear to work at all. The ONLY way however to learn Servlets/JSP from this book is by doing the examples presented in the text. Otherwise, you could breeze through the book and then going back going, "what do i do now?" Unless you practice or try the examples, getting a grasp on the concepts and ideas presented in the text is difficult. It's still a good introduction book and I would recommend it to anyone. I've even bought Core's complement to JSP, CORE JSP, as well and am looking forward to seeing how interesting that would be.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for intermediate Perl programmer.


Normally, I would not feel the need to review this book, had I not seen the review: "Why are there so many good reviews for this book?" by Eric Vogan (see above). I would like to add that it is a great book and that it has thought me a lot. Having mastered basic to intermmediate Perl, "Advanced Perl Programming" really took me further. But as the name says, this is "advanced" Perl programming, and not a beginner's book. So Eric, even though you are a C++ programmer, you have to go through the basics before you try to use this book. The Preface clearly says what you are expected to know before you start with this book. For beginning Perl programmers I would recommend the "Perl 5 by Example" and "Programming Perl", both of which are an excellent entry point to Perl. But for taking your studies further, "Advanced Perl Programming", among others, is a gold-mine.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Service-Oriented Architecture : A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Thomas Erl
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
timely and well written


This is a well-written, well-organized book that makes sense of the constantly changing world of Web services. I'd recommend this to anyone with a peripheral knowledge of the services standards and service oriented architecture. Its only fault is that it covers a large range of topics and therefore never gets the chance to go into depth in any one area. The author should supplement chapters with recommendations for additional books that continue where this book leaves off.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. The author's writing style is clear even when he discusses complex topics. If you're looking for a fast way to get up to speed on Web services and SOA, then this book is perfect.