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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is all you need to get started writing Servlets


I can't believe there were a couple people who reviewed this book low. This is the best book I've seen for getting started. It will take you a long way. For beginners a a sample guestbook utility would have been nice but this book does cover a lot of material. Some of it may even get a little too in depth for people just wanting to write basic servlets. All in all I was very pleased with this book as I bought it at a time where there wasn't much out there on servlets and it got me going. I still don't see a lot of literature out there on the subject so if you want to write servlets this is the book for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for newbies and seasoned pros


I will never need to buy another JavaScript book. This book covers all the basics and provides understandable examples with explanations. It also provides full program examples such as building a slide show and random images. There is an easy-to-follow object flowchart to help you remember the order objects are called as well as a list of reserved words. The comprehensive index also makes it easy to access information on a specific subject -- whether you are new to JavaScript or you use it for a living. Great learning and reference tool.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Jakarta Struts Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Siggelkow
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A variety of information


I liked this book because it covers a variety of Struts-related topics - it's not just a "Struts and only Struts" cookbook. It mixes in a little Struts + database related stuff (Hibernate, MySQL), a little Struts + XML, a little Struts + JSTL, a little Struts + JWebUnit, and so on. While I wouldn't suggest getting this book if you want to learn everything there is to know about hooking Struts up with Hibernate (for example), it does give you a pretty nice overview of a variety of things you might want to integrate/use with your Struts application.

The book's assumption is you have some experience with Struts, Tomcat (or other servlet container), JSPs and Java. If you're not comfortable with any of those I'd recommend getting familiar with those first. Other than that, this is a nice book with plenty of examples to increase your Struts knowledge - whatever your current level may be.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everything every C++ programmer should know.


My only nit to pick with this book is that I did not know about it earlier. I would say that I already knew about 80% of the issues the book covers through bitter and painful experience. If you've made it through learning C++'s syntax and semantics, this book will teach you that you still don't know C++.