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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
Excellent book...all that I needed to pass the certification

Don't hesitate to make this book your primary guide for SCJP 1.4 preparation. The authors have made a marvellous job about delivering the vital facts you need to know for the exam while leaving out tons of otherwise valuable data that fall beyond the scope. Both authors have participated in creating the real questions for the real exam thus providing an invaluable insight to discern the true nature of what you are up to doing.This book won't teach you how to program in Java, it won't make you proficient in the object-oriented concepts, nor will it even cover all the basics. Its sole purpose is to painlessly walk you through the rough process of becoming Sun certified. About the only area of expertise being overlooked is the daemon threads, but Kathy made the supplement trails available on www.javaranch.com.Unlike many other certification guides and "guides", this one makes a perfect reading. The most boring and repulsive Sun objectives in the book are nicely interwoven with the gems of refreshingly spicy humor.Having said that, I strongly recommend that you supplement the book sessions with taking mock exams and writing and testing code snippets. Read the book twice, pay attention to the exam watches and two-minute drills, and you will be rewarded generously on the test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everyone looking for a good JSP-servlet start need to read

I have read this book, and was very enjoined reading it. The book is simple to understand, good structural. Of course, as all books, it can not cover all aspects of the Web and Java programming. For example, you can buy other books, that cover LDAP and Java (Professional Java Server Programming) or sending multimedia content, internationalization (O'Reilly's Java Servlet programming). But this book is outstanding. I can recommend the O'Reilly book too.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to 80X86 Assembly Language and Computer Architecture
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Authors: Richard C. Detmer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Finely assembled

Great starting point for learning 32 bits assembly language withDOS and Windows. The only defect of this book is its unbelievable price... surely due to the fact that is used a college textbook so the poor students have no choice but squander their savings on it. Luckily the content is very good,the teaching style is excellent ( the author uses macros initially to do input and output so you won't be overwhelmed by lots of material just to write and read from the keyboard, and after you have played a bit a learned the basics he goes on explaining them). You can certainly read this book with no prior exposure to assembly and computer inner workings.You 'better have at least some exp with a high level language,and if you don't, why on earth do you want to start programming with assembly? Masochisms?The one word that comes to mind about this book and author is CLARITY. It is certainly not a funread, but it is so clear that it is not boring.Compliments to Richard and one star less than the max because of the rip-off price. (Get it used!)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack (CCNA Self-Study, exam #640-801), Second Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Eric Rivard, Jim Doherty
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Disappointed with CD content

I purchased this pack primarily so that I could load the flash cards onto my PocketPC (Dell Axim) and study "on the run". Despite the claim that it would work with "Most Pocket PC handheld devices", it really doesn't. This claim may have been true in late 2002 when the content was developed but it certainly does not work right with the 2003 PocketPC OS. It requires the eMbedded Visual Basic Runtime which isn't supported on the latest revision of the OS. My personal experience was that once I loaded it up I had to hard-reset my Axim to get anything to work right.

Be advised.