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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ACT! 6 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Karen S. Fredricks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My Clients Love It

I am a certified consultant for this software package and many of my clients rave about this book. They find it to be an excellent compliment to the other types of ACT! training and support available to them.
New and experienced users alike will benefit from the material contained in the book because it has something to offer all types of ACT! users...everyone from the one-person business owner right up through a team of users sharing ACT! over a network.
This book is like ACT! itself: a small amount of time and investment can yield very large returns and results.

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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Too much humour...

This book isn't so bad, however I have some things I have to say:
1. Too much humour: At the beginning I liked it, however, when you learn it into deep for the certification, it is quite disturbing and confusing too. I tried always to keep concentrated on the Java stuff that is required for the exam, but I often loose concentration, because the authors put TOO OFTEN hilarity inside the book. It seemed sometimes as it would be a "Dummies" book (I hate them meanwhile...).
2. You also need another book to understand the OO and Java concepts. Unless you are a very experienced Java programmer, you will need something more to cover some topics of this book, like "Exceptions" and "Assertions" (by the way, they are not so good explained). I can suggest you to buy also "Beginning Java 2" by Ivor Horton - despite of the title, you don't must underestimate it; it is a very good book, also for later when you will be experienced in Java. "Beginning Java 2" is a HUGE book (over 1200 pages!), but all the concepts are very well explained, with a lot examples.
3. There is also some positive about this book: the CD is very good, you have the whole book as PDF, and you have also som exams on it. The questions/ansewrs for the exam and the "Two minutes drill" are also well done.
I suggest you to buy both books for your certification: "Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2" plus "Beginning Java 2".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
OK could do better

As a whole it's not a bad book for an area that can get quite complex, but it really ticks me off that all reference's to the accompanying online site give the same URL, which is a pain when there are many sub pages that you would like to go directly to. Maybe as a whole a little too basic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Programming Guide - Very Hands on

This book is a great for beginner and intermediate Web programmers. Some advanced programmers might even get something out of it. In depth examples allow you to learn by reading and implementing code. The content packs several languages into one book. You can learn HTML, DHTML, XML, CGI, Java, JSP, and JavaScript all in one place, without having to buy one book for each. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning Web Programming or learning more about Web Programming.