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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: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Hard to read. . .

I have tried hard to go through this book twice. I was disappointed about its writing each time. I would consider that is a torture to myself to finish reading this book. Not even mentioning I still have to pass the exam. . .
The good thing about this book is its exam questions. They are well-designed questions and can test your understaning.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Visual Basic 6 Complete

I would like to agree with the general consensus that this is a good book, especially for the price. When facing a wall full of books costing $40 - $50 bucks a wack, it was refreshing to find such an affordable one (frankly, this is a major reason I selected this book).
I did find the differing styles of the various authors disconcerting from time to time. For example, an early chapter teaches the wisdom of using [option explicit] to force declaration of variables, but a later author did not follow this practice, leaving the beginning programmer who believes in using [option explicit] trying to figure out the data type and scope of variables used. While this is probably a good way of learning such things, it can be frustrating when you don't know enough to be sure if the source of a problem is with the variable, or some other problem (see next paragraph).
The code in the book contains some errors and before the neophyte spends too much time pulling out his hair trying to figure out why the hand-entered code won't work, he would be advised to download the sample files from their website and check them against the book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good old Jackson

I like Jackson, but I think that most people don't.
Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is to tell theReviewer from July 12, 2000 that Jackson DID write another book. It's called "The Physics of Elementary Particles."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PDF Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sid Steward
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Found what I was looking for and more...

As a Mac guy, I've found the "Save As PDF..." button on any Print dialog something I end up using a lot. I was hoping to find a few different (preferrably free) ways to do something similar with my Windows machine I use at work. Hack #39 solved the problem.

The rest of the Hacks were more of a PDF education for me than anything else. I appreciated the numerous explanations, such as Hack #43 Embed and Subset Fonts to your Advantage, which described the need (or not) of embedded fonts in a PDF. I also like the descriptions about how to make your PDFs smaller (Hack #40). I also found the section on publishing interesting.

I used to think the only thing anyone ever did was distribute and read PDFs. This book proved there was much more to PDFs than that.