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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference for Intermediate/Advanced users.


This book is the perfect reference for any Intermediate/Advanced ASP.NET programmer. It may not be as helpful if you are a beginner because the coverage is too wide and too deep to keep the interest of a beginner. But it is a must-have as a desk reference when you get past the beginner stage.
We looked at many books on the general subject of .NET and the specific subjects of VB.NET, ASP.NET, and ADO.NET to learn how to successfully create Web Applications that users love. There are a lot of books out there on .NET that are more confusing than helpful. And most books - just touch the basics, don't give detailed explanations, or don't have sample code that works. There are a few exceptions and this book is one of them. It doesn't have any of the above mentioned problems.
What is most impressive about this book is the readability of the material. If you are interested in the details of how something works in ASP.NET, you will find that once you pick up this book and start reading it, it is difficult to put it down. The explanations are clear, concise, yet detailed and the different topics are all very neatly interconnected.
If your primary interest is in finding a book with code to modify for your own project situation, this is NOT the book. There are other excellent books for that purpose. 'ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook' by The ASP Alliance is one that we prefer(despite most claims, the code in this book does work after you find workarounds to Visual Studio .NET problems first).
The book being reviewed here can be best used for accomplishing the purpose of gaining a COMPLETE working knowledge of ASP.NET. It will obviously take many months of dedicated effort (at least 10-15 hours a week) to master this subject. And there isn't a better book in the market that is so effective in the long run. This is the preferred Desk Reference that all of us use at our company.
One more thing - doing a price comparison, we found that this book also offers the best value since it's priced around the same range as most ASP.NET books but covers the subject end to end while the others only addres a few topics. The high price of .NET books has been a disappointment to us especially due to their general low quality.
Enjoy this complete desk reference to programming in ASP.NET! You will really see the return in a few months.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ian F. Darwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect book for intermediate Java programmers


First let me say, if you don't know anything about Java this book is probably not your best choice to learn the language (I would recommend O'Reilly's Learning Java for that) as it assumes some standard Java knowledge. However, if you already know the basics of Java and just want to learn how you can harness some of the more complicated and detailed aspects of the language, this book is excellent. The recipe style allows the reader to see clear, concise examples of how to delve into the Java API and learn from seeing and doing rather than just reading. During the course of reading the Java Cookbook, I have found myself commenting on how cool it is to learn these little tidbits that are sprinkled throughout the book, whether the tidbit is related to a topic which I was already familiar with or it relates to a topic that I was unfamiliar, this book has consistently taught me more than all of the other Java books that I've ever read combined. In conclusion, if you want to improve your Java knowledge, get this book!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Useless book


It's a very generic book about DW. You can't learn any technique from the book. Only generic and obvious statement are containd in it. It's not good also for beginners.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J2EE Web Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great coverage of core J2EE Web Service technologies


I find this book a great reference for the technologies central to developing Web Services on a J2EE platform. It focuses on the central technologies such as JAX-RPC and SAAJ. It does a great job in explaining how these work and how you can use them. You get answers to questions like how to handle SOAP attachments and SOAP headers in your applications, how MIME types are mapped to Java types etc.
This book gives you the details.