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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent for professionals

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 - Hardcover
Title: Fuel Cell Systems Explained
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: James Larminie, Andrew Dicks
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
excellent starting point, but use with care

Fuel cells is a very difficult topic to write about because of the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. I am using the book to learn about Fuel Cells myself and my feelings are mixed. While this book is an excellent starting point, there are some over simplifications and errors. As a Mechanical engineer, some descriptions in the text made me cringe. Watch out for errors in some equations.

Excellent resource for someone with a technical background and general interest in fuel cells. For more serious users, recommend using in conjunction with maybe the DOE fuel cell handbook available from NETL or from OSTI.GOV

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Woodgate, Stephen Mohr, Brian Loesgen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worst book I've purchased

I bought this book in the hopes of having a fast path to learning Biztalk Server 2004. This book is hopeless - indeed I've learned significantly more from doing the Microsoft tutorials and reading the online reference material than fro mthis book. I normally don't bother to write reviews on books I've purchased, but I feel so badly let down by these authors that I'd prefer to do my part in preventing other readers from being ripped off.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not a beginner book, but a must-have Perl reference

If you just start learning Perl, don't buy this book. It is a reference book, not a tutorial book. If you are a serious Perl programmer, I will be surprised if you don't have this book by now.