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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle by Design (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Kyte
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent but Tom's first book a lot better

I have both of Tom's book and while this one is quite good, the first one the major book called Oracle One on One is pure solid gold for dbas and developers serious about Oracle! I have taken all of the Oracle DBA courses and have several years of DBA experience but still learned a ton of stuff that was missing such as partitioning, application tuning and design and general Oracle knowledge. Tom is a major deity when it comes to Oracle wisdom and his writing style rocks.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Straight to the point analysis of software development

Steve McConnell is very well researched in his viewpoints on software development. This book educates those who may have missed out on a formal education of the software development process. Many good non-language specific tips on how to improve the quality of your software. Helps the reader to think about software more than just the code that goes into it. Buy three copies -- one for yourself and two for your buddies sitting next to you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Your BlackBerry, Second Edition (How to Do Everything)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Curt Simmons
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have for all BlackBerry users

I was wondering when a BlackBerry book would finally hit the shelves, and I was not disappointed. How To Do Everything with your BlackBerry explores all that your BlackBerry can do and how to make the most of it. I learned a number of tricks I did not know, even though I have been using the BlackBerry for some time now. This book is easy to read and full of step-by-step examples. BlackBerry users - get it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Threads, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Scott Oaks, Henry Wong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good reference book on Java Threads.

Review Date: Dec 2004.

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4=This book has earned a valued place on my reference shelf.

This is a book for Java programmers of all proficiency levels; the book also provides information for

advanced users of Java. the book uses J2se 5.0 version of the compiler - and explains the

improvements in the threads implementation in this version of java.

the book is a well written book with a gradual introduction to the various aspects of thread

implementation and a detail study of the subject. the authors delves into various of aspects of

thread implementation such as creation, management, data synchronization, notification, scheduling,

pooling, performance, parallelizing loops, and other IO functions.

there are sample codes through out the book and the codes make no assumption about the skill level of

the reader. this is a good thing. there are enough diagrams to explain the threading concepts.

overall, this is an excellent book for readers interested in concurrent programming. i will use it as

a reference when i need and i have no hesistation in recommending this book to other java programmers.