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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Borland C++Builder 6 Developer's Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jarrod Hollingworth, Paul Gustavson, Bob Swart, Mark Cashman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best C++ Builder 5 Book in Book Stores

I have been looking around for C++ Builder 5 books and only managed to find this book. It is well-written but certain chapters are on the CD-ROM instead of being printed which I find very inconvenient.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for understanding Java theory.

One of the things missing from so many of the "Teach Yourself" Java books is an understanding on the part of the author as to why the language is designed in the manner that it is. Coming from James Gosling, this book contains detailed and extremely concise explanations of Java that explain the deeper logic behind Java.
This is NOT a book for the beginning Java person who just wants to learn how to make an applet or open up a socket. This is a detailed explanation of Java intended to provide a solid reference on the reasoning behind Java. As such, it is very readable and very informative.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Programming for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wally Wang, Wallace Wang
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A lot harder than it should be...

The only reason why I gave this 4/5 instead of full marks is because I'm a teacher, so the book would have been perfect if chapters had review exercises, quizzes, perhaps a project here and there, etc. The big problem with commercial books such as the Dummies series is they don't provide assessment material for the student/reader.
That being said, if Wang ever decides to publish a book such as this for the classroom, he'd corner the market. He writes in a way that connects with students of all ages. I'd give my right arm for something like this in VisualBasic.Net and a bazillion teachers would follow suit.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Digital Scanning with Slides, Film, and Transparencies
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: David D. Busch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Nothing Here

This book may be of some use to a complete beginner but there is nothing here for someone seeking information about making scans from difficult transparencies. There are, for example, chapters about expensive soft ware packages without information about why one would need them. There is more useful information on scanning in a few pages of Tom Ang's Advanced Digital Photography than in this entire book.