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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g: A Beginner's Guide (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Ian Abramson, Michael Abbey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Solid beginner's book

This book is a great place for inexperienced Oracle developers to begin learning about the new 10g architecture. Designed as a crash-course in everything one would need to know to effectively maintain and develop for an Oracle database, this book does a good job to quickly get the reader in control of this potentially complex data system.
After a brief introduction to Oracle data types and the basic environment (like tables, views, and indexes), the authors present a fairly detailed section on writing data queries. While much in this section can be applied to some of the more recent versions of Oracle, it is targeted to the 10g platform. The reader interested in this section will also likely want to read Chapter 6, which focuses on writing PL/SQL.
For the aspiring database administrator, there are some very good sections on what an Oracle DBA should do. While simply reading these sections won't make you a DBA, they contain a lot of good information including discussions on networking issues and disaster recovery.
The rest of the book contains a lot of information on Oracle features, which can be used by both database developers and DBAs. Examples include Oracle's use of XML and Java, as well as database maintenance issues for supporting large datasets.
This is a great beginner's book to Oracle 10g, as it includes just enough information to be useful, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. This is definitely a good book to pick up if you are new to Oracle or the 10g platform.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Objects First With Java : A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Barnes, Michael Kolling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is not a reference book, it's for learning.

It pays to read the notes to lecturers.

I can't wait for the 2nd edition. The approach used by Barnes was a refreshing change to the other Java books (there are few exceptions). This book is about learning to program using object oriented techniques, using Java is just the vehicle.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: WebLogic: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jon Mountjoy
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Regarding JMS redelivery

In chapter 8 author wrote a note: Even with container managed transaction in MDBs there may be message redelivery .The Cause - was pointed out as possible server crash. But why was important point that onMessage exceeding transaction-timeout also causes message redelivery left out?? Topics lack depth.. Things like what happens when <trans-timeout-seconds> is exceeded in MDB, stateless EJB etc is not written crisp and straight.. Didn't like anything much including clustering, JVM tuning etc.. What I expect is - that which is not there in weblogic documentations.. Something extra is needed based on extensive author experience.
Go for book like "BEA Weblogic Server 7.0 deployment and Administration"- Aaron Mulder- Wrox.

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
I love you Kathy...

I just got out of the testing center and I decided to drop a few lines here.Everytime I go through a lesson I have the weird feelings that Kathy the author of this book is close by me, telling me what I should pay attention for in the book in order to pass the exam.By the time you finish the book, you can tell yourself that you know JAVA.I can tell you right now that I finished the exam in 1h 27 min du to how I've been trained with the CD included in the book.By the way I passed the exam with a score of 80%.Can't wait to read your next book Kathy.