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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best written technical book I've ever read!

I have never enjoyed reading a technical book as much as I did this one. I was reading this book one chapter per day and it took me about 2 hours per day to read the materail and do the self-test at the end of each chapter. This morning I took the SCJP test and got 98% (60 out of 61) correctly. Such success would not have been possible without this book!
Strong points about the book:
- Important points are revisited several times, every time at a slightly new angle. So if it is important for you to know something for the exam, you will have read about it a few times by the time you are done.
- It gives you Exam Watches, which are extremely helpful on the exam.
- The Self-Test section after each chapter is very close to how you will see the questions on the test.
- It is fun to read! Humor does help to make dry technical material easy to read!
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to pass the test and have fun preparing for it at the same time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A real Bible in .NET Framework

This book is the real Bible in .NET Framework.
¡¾1¡¿ Jeff stands on both a depth and a high level about .NET Framework. We can draw this from the parts of this book. Jeff partitions the .NET Framework into four parts: "Basics of the Microsoft .NET Framework","Working with Types and the Common Language Runtime", "Designing Types", "Essential Types", "Managing Types". This vision is unique, and of course gives me very good understanding to .NET Framework . And I have never seen a DonNet writer have this vision.
¡¾2¡¿ It is not a reorganization of MSDN doc( To tell the truth,many "excellent books' do in this way). Instead, it is an important complement to the MSDN doc, especially in the Chapter 2 ,Chapter 3,Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 15, Chapter 18, and Chapter 19.
The Chapter 6 , Chapter 18 and Chapter 19 are so excellent that I don't think there is another will exceed this. Oh, Don Box seems to be making efforts :)
They give me many important things that I don't find in some other books and MSDN. I think even Microsoft staffs need to get this book¡ª¡ªJeff recommanded many good techniques for .NET Framework Architecture,and found some bugs in .NET Framework.
¡¾3¡¿ Jeff has abundant programming experiences in programming , especially in Microsoft platform. And he give many good guidelines ,and even some patterns in this book. Especially for the Equality of value types and reference types(box/unbox), the Exception Handling, and the Garbage Collection.
¡¾4¡¿ There are so many good points that I can not write them all in one review.
¡¾5¡¿ By the way, this book is not for the .NET application( Windows Forms,ASP.NET,Web Services), but this a must-base for them
To summarize , this is a unique£¬classic£¬and excellent book for .NET Framwork. A real Bible in .NET Framework.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Intro and Reference for Microsoft Web Development

Either you like books from Wrox Press or you don't. If you do, then you will most likely really like this one. There are about 15 authors credited so the styles from chapter-to-chapter vary, but the content is always helpful. The book essentially covers every topic related to developing a Microsoft-based web application. Obviously the coverage can not be too deep if it is to be so broad, but there is just enough detail and plenty of clear examples to help the budding web developer along. My only reservation is the coverage of C++ COM components. The section is much too short to really give this very dense topic its due (Essential COM by Don Box or one of the other Wrox books on COM are better suited). Other than that it is an excellent introduction to the Microsoft way of web applications and a useful reference to boot.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Gigantically Bad

If you like the large-print version of Reader's Digest, then you might be happy with this book and it's gigantic text. Otherwise, I recommend avoiding it. I admit this more of a personal opinion that my other book reviews, because Eckel has written several books and has his own following. However, as I was learning Java this book was not useful to me whatsoever. In any case, a free, electronic version of this book is available on Eckel's website.