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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Howard Rheingold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
smart mobs and trends

This is a very thought-provoking book and the evidence is all around us, from teens IM'ing each other to the current craze of "random mobs" where people use their cell phones to gather at some destination and do something silly, as was recently happening in New York City and elsewhere. These trends are more avidly followed in Europe and Asia than here, but, honestly, what if Rheingold's barking up the wrong tree and all this texting proves to be just as silly a fad as others in the past?
Bringing down governments is one thing, telling the gang where to meet for pizza is another. I really can't think of any good reason to use my SMS capability other than to probably annoy someone. 4 stars for a neat idea, but, really who cares other than activists or teens?

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 rare winner from Microsoft Press

This book is really excellent to learn low level .net framework features and any .net developer should have it.Only one note, why not a chapter on multi-threading ?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Lot of holes

This is the best technical book I've ever read, by far. It's packed with nuggets of wisdom that extends beyond Struts and into programming in general. I would say that it's an advanced book and covers many advanced concepts, but those just starting out with Struts will learn alot as well.
The only downside is that it doesn't touch on security within Struts, which is one of the places that I'm stuck. I've read the reviews here and someone else mentioned cover security in a 2nd edition. I would strongly encourage it be covered in the next edition. This is not something that gets talked about in any of the other Struts books in enough detail. Please do.
Other than this one flaw, the finest book on Struts available. I can't recommended it enough if you are using Struts in your daily job like I am.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Passed the first time.

The book is quite comprehensive and somewhat un-orderly but it provided me with the information I needed to pass the test the first time. I only used the book and the Prep Logic practice test that came with it for studying. Do not be discouraged by the Prep Logic practice test, the practice test is harder then the actual test. I scored 793.