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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in RPG IV, Third Edition
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Bryan Meyers, Judy Yeager, Brian Meyers, Judy Yaeger, Judy Programming in Rpg IV Yaeger
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Use this book for a bon-fire!

I am currently entering my 2nd semester using this book! the book itself is excellant and well written, especially for the beginner! But take care of which version you get! The only Dif. is the number on the inside cover, and the color of the printer spacing charts in the exercises, while the good oone has all black charts. The book with 123456KP10987 under the ISBN number on the inside page FALLS APART! (Happened to EVERY classmate who used it!), the BAD version also has blue green colored charts in the chapter exercises. BUT ... IT IS A GREAT BOOK TO LEARN FROM!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Optimization for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth Every Penny.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Written in a clear, concise manner that explains SEO step-by-step, the author doesn't just give tips, but provides links to a number of helpful resources. The process of Search Engine Optimization has never been explained in so much detail. I was left shaking my head saying " Why didn't I think of that?" This book is worth every penny.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Top-Notch Java/Web(HTML,CGI,JavaScript) book for programmers

[Note: I was one of the technial reviewers of this book]
Executive Summary:
Core Web Programming is the Java / Web programming book to buy if you want to learn about HTML, Java, CGI, or JavaScript. The Java chapters and examples are excellent and could be a book in themselves. There are many cheap Java / Web "books" out there -- this is *not* one of them. Core Web Programming was written by a professional, for professionals.
Target Audience:
Web developers who want to learn about putting content on the Web via HTML, CGI, and JavaScript and by programmers who are looking for a good introduction to Java. The book is designed for professional self-study, but could be used a as companion text in classroom environment.
Technical Content:
Superb. Without a doubt. The book contains everything you need to know to build masterful web pages from the simplest to those incorporating advanced features like frames, cascading style sheets, font properties, and dynamic pages with JavaScript. Java programming is presented both for use in web pages and by programmers who want to apply it to industrial strength applications.
Up to date. Presents the latest in Java 1.1 with an explanation of changes from Java 1.02. Explains HTML 3.2 and how the HTML standard has evolved. Includes side topics often left unmentioned like network security and threads.
Marty's (200+) examples are pure gold. To the beginner, the examples are clear explanations of how to do something. To the advanced hacker, the examples are full of excellent style, techniques, and paradigms that may take more time to master. Marty clearly argues that Java is not just a Web programming language, but a full strength (albeit young) language ripe for many applications. The chapters on graphical programming in Java, (chapters 9-13), especially the chapter on layout managers, are the best I have seen on the subject.
Author's Style:
Marty is a trained computer scientist, not a full-time technical writer. The material he presents is based on years of experience and and teaching and is not a mere reference guide.
The book does not assume a background in C/C++/Java syntax or object-oriented programming which are surveyed in chapters 7-8. The graphical examples are often demonstrated on several platforms, so whether you are using a Mac, PC, or UNIX box, and regardless of what browser you prefer, this book is written for you. Marty is unassuming and carefully but not laboriously explains concepts with frequent examples. The tables on HTML syntax (in chapters 1-3) will serve as a good reference for those learning HTML. Marty also does a good job explaining programming with threads (chapter 14), a topic that many authors present poorly or with many mistakes. The book is filled with both a subtle humor (see the spell-correcting textfield example), and some apt, Dilbert (TM) strips.
Core Web Programming was designed to cover all aspects of programming on the Web, -- in one book! Why buy one book on HTML, another on CGI, others on Java and JavaScript, and so on?
About the Reviewer:
I have had the pleasure of working with Marty for 6 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and I consider him a remarkable computer scientist, programmer and communicator. I have observed the many late hours Marty devoted to the book and I believe the result is excellent. I also teach courses at Johns Hopkins in the Java and C++ languages and as a professional software developer and instructor, I give the book my strongest endorsement.
Paul McNamee

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It brings all my students good understanding in OOP

It brings all my students good understanding in OOP. A easy to understanding book for C++ so far.