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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Struts: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
top notch - hands down the best struts book

I reviewed several Struts book before choosing this one. there are several books to pick from and hands down this book has the most up to date coverage. most of the other books only cover struts 1.0 with some of coverage of 1.1. this book has a clearer tutorial teaching style and many others jump around too much. this book is also a great reference. I often have to ask the members of my team to give me the book back since they always use it for looking stuff up.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Awesome book

I recently passed the exam on first try. I used this book as well as the exam cram 2 by Que. The sample practice tests are the best although I also used the Transcender 3-day. The book covers almost everything in clarity except a few minor things on security and XML classes. But the Transcenders took care of that.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash MX 2004 Savvy(tm)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Ethan Watrall, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Flash MX Savvy 2004 - 5 Star Book

I bought the last edition of this book and was incredibly pleased. It was everything a beginner Flash user needed to get up to speed on the program. Now, being a far more expereinced Flash user, I still went out and bought this new eiditon as soon as it hit the shelves. It is still the most useful Flash book that I own.
I think the thing that I like the most about the book is not so much the actual core Flash coverage (and there is a lot of that - everything from basic animation to fairly sophisticated ActionScript), but the non-traditional Flash topics: like Flash & Director, 3D Flash, Flash & Freehand (which is a bonus chapter on the book's CD), Flash & Audio Applicaitons, Flash & Pocket PC, etc. There is a lot in the this book that you'll have to search through a lot of other Flash books to find.
On top of all of the great topics, the authors have a wonderful bablance between instruction and hands on tutorials. At the end of each section, there is a legnth project tutorial (called Hands On) that lets you take what you've learned and apply it to a real project. This is an incredible balance that you aren't going to find in many Flash books.
Finally, and this is something that not a lot of people think about when they are buying a computer book is the quality. The book is printed on really high quality paper. I know this sounds silly, but a top of the other really big Flash books (Flash Bible, etc.) are printed on paper which is one step above newsprint).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poorly assembled time waster

I found little use for this book and I think any moderate to average perl programmer would have no need for it.The book itself is much too long and full of uninteresting fluff that only a few really lonely will bother to read. Luckily I didn't have to waste any money on this book, and I urge you not to waste yours. A book on this subject could have been interesting and helpful, but Jeff Fried ensures that you will get no joy nor use from reading it.