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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great!!!


This book was my first exposure to EJB/J2EE and I have found it to be very helpfull. I have read it from cover to cover and I am about to use the knowledge I obtained to rewrite our existing thick client to a JBoss client/server.
I strongly recommend this 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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An well rounded introductory text to HTML.


This revision (HTML4) of Elizabeth Castro's fine introduction to HTML coding warrants purchase as the first reference of choice for the web page creator. Not intended as an exhaustive treatment of HTML, the book presents examples of simple and easy to understand HTML tag use. Each example is carefully written and displayed in browser form, with proprietary browser differences annotated. "HTML 4 For The World Wide Web" is a part of the PeachPit Press Visual Quickstart Series.
The book is useful to the practising web professional as well as the casual page writer. Even though page creation programs are catching on, the user should still understand something about how the tags work in order to figure out problems or achieve custom results. Castro's summary is an easy way to learn about HTML. In fact, the user can type in the examples and then experiment until a personalized page is finished.
After having learned about HTML from Castro, the user can graduate to more exhaustive and detailed texts costing more. However, Castro's book should be enough for most casual and some serious users.
I keep this book close at hand to remind me about tag features that aren't used frequently. It's format and examples are better than those in many of the other more expensive texts on my shelf. I also recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about web pages. Additionaly, the fold out back cover gives the user a good color chart with hex codes, something even the most expensive reference books seem to lack.
Peachpit Press should be commended for establishing a concise and clear format and level of detail for the Visual Quickstart series. Their other offerings are as equally useful and economical.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cut to the chase


I work for a software company that makes database reporting tools that has compatability with over 35 databases. Those of us who use these programs and provide support for them do not have to know SQL in any way, the applications write the SQL for the user.
Having so much exposure to databases, I naturally wanted to learn the language that makes them run. I already know good database design by looking at bad design. I found it rather easy to figure out the interface for databases like SQL Server and Oracle, but I did not know how to use iSQL.
This book says right up front that it does not cover any topics specific to any database and does not go into design or other administrative tasks.
All I wanted to learn was SQL and that is all this book presented. I have recommended it to everyone on my team.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good beginner book


Why is it that no one has ever written a study book which does not include verbosity? That does clearly indicate where in the examples they are referring to? That has download examples that can be easily referenced? This book sets out to solve all that but fails - dissapointed.