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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Implementation (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 2)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Gary R. Wright, W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential if you are going to be a HardCore TCP/IP guru

Again Stevens is on the real work in this book. My comment is simple; buy this book if you really like to be a IP guru.. If you startas a novice I advise you to buy the first volume of this book as well..

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J.D. Edwards OneWorld: A Developer's Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Steven Hester, Chris Enyeart
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A very good book, no latest Xe version?s OMW

This book is for the beginner and intermediate level developer, has a lot of sample and case study to help understanding OneWorld development tools. Some tips on Developer's Corner are very helpful. JDE OneWorld Xe version added a cool object management tool OMW, this book will be excellent if keeping update with Xe version.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An in-depth learning experience.

I had stumbled across this book at the time Wrox sold out. I was hooked on the publisher (about 20 books) The editorial staff wasn't below the 3rd grade level of English, like Addison-Wesley. (Hated everyone one of their books I bought. I read some of the books twice to make sure I hated them, despite the reviews.) I had liked some of the Microsoft Press books, in particular, the Resource Guides because of their "deep" content. So I gave their programming books a try. This book is nothing short of phenomenal. It is well written. The reader is lead thru the concepts as they unfold and expand. The theory of the code presented makes it an excellent source of knowledge. It is not for the beginner at heart. I had to read this book 2 times because there is NO fluff - just excellent, concise writing that flows.
This book rates as one of the best with me. The others are "Beginning Java Programming" from Wrox by Ivor Horton or the automotive engineering books by Author W. Judge, published by Bentley Press in 1966. (This dates my years of reading reference books.) I subscribed to MSDN magazine because of his writing skills, his knowledge, his ability to develop concepts and ability to aid the reader in developing an understanding of the material presented. Dino Esposito is a deep thinker so get ready to bury your mind!
This book is good for the intermediate ASP.NET programmer before they go on to tackle the tough stuff i.e. Component Controls. Don't get this book if you are not willing to invest the time or do not want to really understand ASP.NET. (P.S. this is the first review I have written.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best SCPJ Exam Book.

SCPJ Exam is not a walk in the park. So do all the questions in this book. When I first started doing the exercises in the book 3 months ago, I only got 4 - 6 questions right out of 20! They're really tricky and hard. The good side of it was it made me realize how hard this 1.4 exam is. Make sure to redo the practice questions before the actual test and do well in them. Else hmm....
I was still new to Java when I bought the book. In addition to studying the materials for the exam, this book actually helped me to code better. It's like having a cake and eat it too!
I just passed the exam a week ago. Actually I did quite well - thanks to this book. Else my chances would have been slimmer. Some people are complaining about some jokes that are attached along in this book - I call them good humor! Trust me, it helps when the materials are long and monotone - especially chapter 2! zzz...
The LearnKey master exams CD included in the book really convinces me that I was going to pass the exam the first time through. The explanations for each question are provided in detail; they helped reinstating the points that I miss while reading the book.
I actually read the book the first time through and then did some external readings. I just wanted to make sure that I got every point covered. Then I came back to the book, read the 2 minute drills and did the questions. One thing about this exam is: you have to test/write the codes. Else, you might not pass the exam. I actually used the codes in this book and then went from there - by writing all possible scenarios that could happened with that example code; compiling them and running them.
It's hard work but the payoff is sweet...