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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Windows Graphics Programming: Win32 GDI and DirectDraw (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Feng Yuan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
One book you will need for Windows programming...

This book did well to present Windows graphics programming, and since Windows is a GUI system you do not have to be doing Graphics application to buy this book. There are many cases where the author used some API which are not supported on Win9.x and you might have problems trying to run some of the samples on such systems. However, if you wish to study graphics programming under Windows, there is no better book. A lot of the samples are very practical and you can use them directly in your applications. Besides the author promptly answers all my questions anytime I run into trouble.
It is not perfect but you cannot do without it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Marsha Collier is right on target again...

If you make eBay a secondary income, then anything written by Marsha Collier would be an invaluable addition to your reading reference material! Marsha is 100% eBay and it shows in all her books. Can't wait for another release by Marsha!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Good for Applets Only

This book is outdated unless you're only planning on writing applets in Java 1 (for older browsers). Even then Internet Explorer 5.5 supports Java 2, and Netscape 6 will support Java 2.
For learning to write full Java 2 applications I'd recommend "Java: How to Program" by Deitel and Deitel, and "Just Java" by Peter van der Linden.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning J2EE 1.4: From Novice to Professional (Apress Beginner Series)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: James L. Weaver, Kevin Mukhar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Novice EJB Reviewer

I've been programming on the web before there was Java but never really got into or saw the value in EJB's. That has changed in the latest specifications as they start mature. I found this book very helpful in getting started with EJB's but taking examples far enough to make them useful for real world problems. The text took examples to another level with good design patterns for use with EJB's. Another great bonus was the inclusion of complete code, and not just snippets. The only thing I would want to be improved or different would be examples with JBoss and eclipse. I understand its hard to write for all target platforms, but its on the wish list.