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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I was forced to buy this book for a college course I'm taking on Java. The book is long winded in the extreme at more than 1,000 pages (not a good thing). The writing style is chatty to the point of sounding like the entire thing was done by dictation.
Lots of unhelpful comparisons are provided along the way to Smalltalk, C++, and even FORTRAN. Lots of long dull example programs aren't even worth skimming. A typical example shows every possible combination of scalar type promotion. Not dull enough? Well how about the one which exercises every single operator on every single scalar type. You get the idea
The sad part is that I have personally attended Bruce Eckels one and two-day workshops at Software Development Conference and found him to be a concise and coherent speaker in real life.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Strategic Database Marketing: The Masterplan for Starting and Managing a Profitable Customer-Based Marketing Program
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Arthur M. Hughes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Wonderful source of information on database marketing concepts, as well as the in's and out's of implementation. Hughes is definitely an authority on the topic, and provides very practical advice on how to implement database marketing within your organization.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great ASP Book & Oveview of VB Script!

Great Book for Beginning ASP. If you know Visual Basic you will find this book very easy to undrstand and to learn how ASP works. The overview of VB Script is also very good. I don't consider using Java Script with ASP, but if you do, there is no Java Script covered in this book. If you are looking to start out with ASP -GET THIS BOOK.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Beginner's Book

I found this to be an excellent book to go from Beginner to Intermediate level JavaScript. All topics are covered (some like "Storing Information in Frames" are a little choppy and hard to follow). I was able to use several of the examples in the book to enhance websites that I maintain, AND to move off of the unpopular VBScript allowing things to be more browser independent (i.e. Linux)! That made it a pretty good reference as well. Overall a good book for beginners.