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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, John Strang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just what the beginner needs...

If you are new to UNIX or have dipped your toe in the UNIX pool, this book is the best introduction to read on what you can expect when swimming in this vast ocean. It's for those users that are either new to computers or want to know how to function in UNIX, like they do in their current OS. Buy it and start swimming.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Deepak Alur, Dan Malks, John Crupi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have! A J2EE Classic for sure!!

Wow! This book will become a classic like the GoF book. I agree with the other reviewer.I had the first edition of this book which I bought with great interest at that time. I did learn quite a few things even though I consider myself a seasoned J2EE developer. I made sure that all my development team members got a copy of this book.When I saw that the second edition was released, I was skeptical about buying it since I had the first edition. However, after browsing through the contents and reading other reviews, I decided to go for it. And it was a decision I am not regretting. The new edition is so much better in that I wish this was the first edition! The authors seem to have updated all the patterns content. A quick comparison of the patterns between both editions indicates that the content has been more or less revised completely. Almost all the text has been revised and almost all the UML diagrams seem redone to give a better understanding of the pattern. I found the first edition UML diagrams a bit lame compared to the second edition. The new edition seems to have corrected most of the discrepencies in the first edition. So if you have the first edition, dump it and get this one fast! I also found that there were 6 new patterns in the 2nd edition. The presentation tier added Context Object pattern and Application Controller pattern, Business tier added Business Object pattern and Application Service pattern. The integration tier added Webservice Broker pattern and Domain Store pattern.Having built a couple of custom persistence frameworks, I found the Domain Store interesting. One thing lacking in this edition is that the other interesting part of the book (Design considerations, Bad Practices and J2EE Refactoring) remains almost the same as in the first edition with minor exceptions. I would have liked to see the design considerations expanded. I also would have liked to have more J2EE refactorings and bad practices in the 2nd edition. Perhaps, in the next edition?Another intriguiging part of the book which I haven't gained a good understanding of yet is the Epilogue titled "WebWorker Micro-Architecture".
Overall, if you are into J2EE, just get the book no matter what. It is a must have & must read!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Data Modeling Handbook : A Best-Practice Approach to Building Quality Data Models
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Michael C. Reingruber, William W. Gregory
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Improving your Models

This book is not a database book, nor does it try to be that. For anyone who understands the role of logical data modelling, this book will prove to be a valuable addition to your professional bookshelf. It is filled with detailed examples of good & bad models, along with analyses that list the pros & cons of each approach. I'd recommend this to any intelligent professional who is moving into the data architect role, along with experienced modellers who are looking for analyses of data modelling implications.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SICP as interpreted by an MIT student

Whew! I just got done with the finals in scheme. This book contains a great deal of information. Some of my favorite topics in it include the huffman algorithm, and the streaming. I think I learned a lot from this book and the biggest gain I had was the grasp on recursion. Iteration is awesome because I have done c++ before. Recursion always gave me a nightmare previously. This book introduced us the idea of head, tail, and tree recursion. Once we got deep I got pretty good at recursion. The book taught me how a program gets evaluated using environment diagram. It had a lot of examples and presented students some kewl theorems.
I will definitely Keep it next to my bed.