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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good but you may be disappointed...


As far as covering everything involved with Dynamic HTML, I definitely think this is the best book available. Many reviewers have already said that and if I listed everything good about it I'd just be repeating. So instead I'm going to explain why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. The first 160 pages or so explain how everything ties together under Dynamic HTML and this was the content I was really looking for when I bought this book. But the next 800 pages or so are just individual references of HTML, CSS, DOM (document object mdoel), and JavaScript. I was a little let down as I already had thorough references on all of those topics except DOM which is the least useful of the four. I actually reccomend seperate books on each topic because they will go more in-depth on the topic and include neat extras that this book doesn't have. But if you want/need a comprehensive reference of the big 3 (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) all in one place, this is definitely your best choice. The question isn't whether or not this is a good book because it certainly is. The question is whether or not this book is worth spending $36. That all depends on personal preference and your existing library.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thinking in C++ - a great book


One of my professors wrote a book named "Software development in C++", but I couldnt figure out anything from this book, so I went to the library and found your book (it's the original in English) Thinking in C++, and I must say, it's such a great book, that helped me so much to understand all the things about C++ I need and still will need in order to graduate here, but I'm sure that your book and all the great explanations inside made it a lot more easier!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Suffers from the Big Honking Example Problem


This book suffers from the big honking example problem. The authors clearly understand the subject but choose to not show each idea in a small code snippet (one that is usable) but wait until the end of the chapter (or book) and show everything. It would have been more useful to show each xml and xslt template snippet for each topic (such as how to use named templates with the call-template bit) or even how to do a for-each loop. In the end, searching for the language construct in the big honking example became to frustrating and complex, I have switched to a different book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Elliott, Marc Loy, David Wood, Brian Cole
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not quite what I had expected


I bought this book expecting that the book would make a good tutorial covering all aspects of Java Swing. I found that it does not cover all aspects of Java Swing, not even including the GridBagLayout or BorderLayout Layout Managers. It does not show how JSplitPane can be used within a JSplitPane for a complex layout using JSplitPane as it has been in another book I read. The book is a boring read and does ignite the imagination of the reader to build advanced GUI's. I regret buying the book.