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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best on the market for beginner --> advanced

This is the best book on the market for java certification, I studied for the certification and entered the exam in sep. 2001, and I got 93% with the aid of this book. I also bought the "Java 2 exam cram" & "The complete Java 2 certification study guide", and I read all of cram, but little chapter in the complete study guide, and simply Khalid's is the best for the following reasons:1- starts from the begining, assuming u have no expereince, while I nearly completed a year & half in java but I found lots of simple tips that made me know java more better.2- In most topics cover the topic as explaining not as for certification, as for the four chapters of the AWT, I didn't program AWT before as I'm a server side programmer, but I ONLY learned it from this book, and I got 100% in the AWT part in the exam.3- Tables included for briefly memorize helped me a lot, as the table in the inner classes which is a very important topic in certification questions.4- Diagrams & the use of UML ( which I didn't knew when reading the book ) helped me to connect everything with simple diagrams.5- Questions included in the book r very good, although it is tougher than the exam, but this must be the case so that yr exam will be easy to u.
Disadvanteges:1- Sometimes I found some words that I must look it up in the dictionary, although some simple words can replace it :((2- the book included some chapters which r not in the objective in the certification as "APPLETS" & "SWING".
Conclusion:BUY the book if u want to be certified & read it once then solve as many exams as u can from the net for free :)) & go for the certification

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Access 2000 Development
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alison Balter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More Than a Book

Mastering Mircosoft Access 2000 Development is more than just abook, it is a valuable tool that every user of MS Access should have available to them. Alison Balter's book is the equivalentof a carpenter's hammer, it is that good. If you are building anapplication in Access, this is the best tool available for the job.
This is also a tool that can be used effectively by both the novice and the experienced Access developer. The book effectively details the basics as well as advanced topics. Thebeginner is exposed to what Access is, its strengths and weaknesses. Advanced topics, such as Client/Server applications,are demystified.
This books greatest strength is the way in which topics are discussed. The author gets right to the heart of the matter anddoes not bore, or confuse the reader with minute detail. It is areal How To book.
My best tribute to this work is that after an hour of reading,I was able to deploy a very useful application to one of my users. This book is a great tool, get it, read it, keep it in your tool box.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
good but missing a little something

Michael Dell is a tech wunderkind. He is a successful businessman. He may be considered a visionary. A business author??? I just thought this book was a little too fragmented for my taste. The book could have gone the way of a full biography or full business lesson. There's valuable insights but the majority is padding. The book could have been condensed to a slim volume. Overall, I thought it was good but nothing spectacular. This shouldn't matter to those who view Dell as an iconoclast. It will belong in your collection.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the book!!!!

This book is one of the best investments I have ever made. As an intermediate Flash user, I was able to entirely comprehend ActionScript enough to where I was writing my own scripts within hours. I have been through several Flash MX books and I found out that the best one could come from no more than the people who created Flash themselves.
There are so many books that I read in which the first three or four pages are understandable and give you the impression that you are on your way to understanding Actionscript, however, after the first chapter, it starts reading things that you dont understand with no explanation, making one wonder if he/she missed something along the way, when really the book simply didnt explain it. This book doesnt leave you guessing with anything and I noticed that many doubts I had while reading something were cleared up in their comprehensive tips and notes. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously interested in writing your own scripts in ActionScript.