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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Randal E. Bryant, David R. O'Hallaron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book to understand computer systems

As my title of this review says, its really about knowingevery system inside out.
it uses and brings out the C programming language and how its used to construct operating systems like Solaris, Linux.
The author has done a great job!
Wonderful read!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Soul Of A Computer

The newest edition of this book is outstanding. Ron makes the hardest concept of computers so easy to understand. I ran across this book at my local library, whtich had the first edition of the book that was printed in 1993. From then on, have gotten a hold of all the other sequential edition,and this editon(3rd editon) is one to own. It covers almost everything the inquisitive laymen wants to know what is going on behind the humming sound of the fan. Personally, it is sort of a visually dictionary for the computer. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Threads, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Scott Oaks, Henry Wong
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Java Threads

Book provides basic useful information. Other than that, some of the contrived examples and sample classes are bad and wrong. Some of the stuff will not even work. The utility classes like TargetNotify are not useable. It would be better if they had tried to use them in some sample programs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
C++'s equivalent of "The C++ Programming Language"

I am a hardcore C++ devotee that has recently fallen into a Java/J2EE project. I wanted to come up to speed quickly on more than just the syntax of the Java language. There are literally dozens of Java books that discuss the "how do I accomplish X in Java" type of issues. This book is focused more intently on why Java was designed the way it was.
A few reviewers have stated that this book was dull, hard to get through, etc. I found it to be quite the opposite - I read every single page of the book, and I feel that I've come away with a greater appreciation and understanding of the language/platform than I had originally expected.
"The Java Programming Language" is what "The C++ Programming Language" was to C++: an absolute tenant/required read.