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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for exam and general review

I didn't have any experience on Java. Used this book and Billy Brogden's Exam Cram for studies (2-3 months). I scored 88% in certification exam and I owe most of it to this book. (I scored 75% in the mock exam on the back of this book which was the best mock exam that I took.)
This book is very good in clearing any doubts on the language fundamentals. The chapter on I/O handling and file handling was little confusing for me, but anyway I couldn't find good info on that anywhere....I had doubts on that even when I went for the exam.
This book has plenty of good questions after every topic and they cover almost all of the important points in that section.
Overall an excellent book !!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Java(TM) 2, Volume I--Fundamentals (7th Edition) (Core Java 2)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Cay Horstmann, Gary Cornell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy with confidence

If Java has became a must for your career, as it was for me, and your ignorance about it is absolute, as was mine, and you are tired to waste weeks or even months reading tutorial books which lead you to nowhere, as I did, then these two books (my advice is to buy both Vol.1 and 2) are for you. They are extremely well written and full of useful examples and will introduce you to the language smootly. With them I succeded to write some Java code at last.Pay attention that they are dealing of what the title honestly declare: Core Java only. In Java there is a lot more but these two are a very good point to start.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET in a Nutshell, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie, Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a focused book

Messrs Duthie and MacDonald should be commended for their great effort in structuring this text. The entire 800 pages of this book contain all the necessary ingredients that any serious ASP.NET learner would need in balancing his/her knowledge. It includes: web service development, data access, security, custom controls, deployment, error handling and much more.In highlighting all the essentials, this book provided easy-to-follow practical analyses for all the features it covered. There are well-anticipated examples which guide the reader through the course. This is a very nice book to have around.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Absolutely Dreadful!

Out of all of the strategy guides I've read, this is hands down the worst! The book is organized in such a way as to make it almost impossible to find anything when you need it. The boss strategies were not very enlightening either. I highly reccomend that you either find a walkthrough on the web or find a guide that is not put out by BradyGames.