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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference


This is one of the best written computer books I have read -- head and shoulders above most other computer books in both style and clarity. The CD that comes with the book offers valuable SQL practice as you follow along. If all technical books were written this well, we'd certainly be making better products.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Testing Applications on the Web: Test Planning for Internet-Based Systems
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Hung Q. Nguyen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superseded by a better second edition


When industry leaders such as Cem Kaner and Bret Pettichord extol the virtues of this book you can be assured that it is great - everything they and other reviewers have said is on target. Moreover, you'd be hard-pressed to walk into the testing area in any company and not see a copy of this book on someone's desk.
That said, instead of this book you should get the second edition, which is a major rewrite, and also expanded in scope to include testing mobile systems. This edition is titled, "Testing Applications on the Web: Test Planning for Mobile and Internet-Based Systems" ISBN 0471201006, and is everything others have said about this first edition - and more!
Even with a better second edition, this book deserves the five stars I gave it because of the influence it has had on the testing profession. Moreoever, this first edition is not out-of-date, and is still a great book if you don't need information about testing mobile web systems at this time (although it's a safe bet you will in the future).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding resource for students and professors


This is by far the best introductory computer science book I have ever used. In addition to clear text and numerous code examples, the book comes with Visual Studio C++. Also, if you read the introduction, you'll find you can download the PowerPoint classroom presentations from the publsher's Web site. These presentations have a lot of notes in them that may help clarify the code examples further. Also, if a person has a specific question, they can contact the Deitels via email. Astoundingly, the Deitels will respond within a very short time. I've been amazed at all the "flames" directed toward this book; I've been in the software industry 23 years, and NO book is perfect, but this one comes darned close.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Games in Java
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
Authors: Bret Barker, Laurence Vanhelswue, David Brackeen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely a perfect intro to game dev for Java Developers


I have been working w/ Java for the past 4 years in the corporate environment, but have always had a passion for games. I stepped through this text from beginning to end and the code examples and flow of the book were absolutely perfect. Not only does Brackeen teach you how to use the Java API to write games, he lets you know the ins and outs of Game Programming best practices. Every example is developed with an insightful and thorough explanation, never wasting time, but explaining all the necessities so you know the whys of what you're doing. New Riders has been a favorite publisher of mine for Java texts and this one hammered that belief home.