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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Analysis Patterns : Reusable Object Models (Addison-Wesley Object Technology: Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great descriptions abd business cases

This book is good and offers lot of business applications to various design patterns. It actually explains how and where the patterns can be used. However, it does require that you know the basics of the patterns.
This book forms a good follow-up to the Gang of 4 book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
AWESOME BABY!!!!!!!!!!

This book is a great book for the beginner due to the simplistic language any one can understand, also a good book to add to any accomplished web-authers collection brinning a down to earth look at creating a web page. this book also list web sites to download great software from, not just crappy junk!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you don't have this book, STOP READING AND BUY IT NOW!

Unfortunately, there are more JavaScript books available than there are stars in the sky. For someone trying to learn JavaScript, I can only imagine the difficulty of trying to pick a good book. I've read several, sold several, thrown away several. You're luck finding a decent book would almost be as good as walking into a book store, closing your eyes, and pointing randomly. That is, EXCEPT for this book.
I cannot stress enough the QUANTITY of information contained in this book, nor can I stress the QUALITY of that information. The first section provides an understanding of the framework and fundamentals of JavaScript. This is a thorough explanation that will NOT leave you wanting like some "Nutshell" or "Learn in 24 Hours" book. The second section is an alphabetized list of every JavaScript element, and here's where the power of this book comes out: each element is defined including any browser limitations, all possible properties and functions of that object, and, in most cases, an actual working example. Yet, with all of this, my admiration for this comes in the last section: a detailed explanation of all the exceptions to the rules. You WILL NOT find this in any book, at least none that I've seen. More than once, my entire team was hung on something only to look in this book to find the problem described with an explanation of how to get around the limitation in the language. This alone is worth every penny, believe me.
If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. To this day, it remains *THE* most valuable book in my bookcase.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For Beginners to Pros - Comments and FAQs

This book is great for beginers to pros. The organization and explanations in this book are clearer than other Java books I have read. I wish I had this book years ago.
FAQs - Did this help for the exam? This book has much more information than is on the exam. Conveniently, the chapters are organized by the exam's objectives so I skipped over the chapters that were irrelevant to the test. I later came back and read the rest.
So did it help to pass? Using this book and Sun's online practice test I passed! Don't forget to use the CD's practice questions too.
Any cons? All of the book's diagrams are in UML. So if you are a beginner and not familiar with UML the images are of no help. I am a visual learner, and I did not know UML at the time so I was disappointed. But, if you are an experienced programmer, the UML is a really nice feature.
Another con is that some of the questions on the CD are out of date or incorrect so you have to go to the supporting web site to a download new Java 2 practice exam program.
Overall, this book is great for studying for the exam or using it as textbook or beginner's guide. The beginners will like its thoroughness and abundant examples. The pros will like its modular organization and UML diagrams.