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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Maarten van Steen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Distributed Computing Reference

Tanenbaum and van Steen have updated their textbooks on networks and distributed systems to include chapters on Distributed Document-Based Systems (examples: The World Wide Web / Lotus Notes) and Distributed Coordination-Based Systems (examples: TIBCO/Rendezvous / JINI). There are other good chapters as well, including; Security, Distributed Object-Based Systems, Distributed File Systems, Fault Tolerance, Consistency & Replication, and more. I have always liked Tanenbaum's textbooks and picked this one up for a textbook discussion of TIBCO/Rendezvous because of my work in federated information systems. The chapter on TIBCO discusses the coordination model, architecture, messaging, events, processes, naming, synchronization, caching, replication, fault tolerance and security. There is a similar discussion on JINI and a follow-up comparative analysis of TIBCO/Rendezvous and JINI. In short, this book is an excellent reference for people of all experience and education levels working with distributed systems. Like all Tanenbaum's books, Distributed Systems is well written and easy to read. Highly Recommended!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Professional Stock Trading: System Design and Automation
Publisher: Acme Trader
Authors: Mark R. Conway, Aaron N. Behle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for system traders

If nothing else, get this book for its rich code base. I downloaded the code from the TradeStationWorld site to save myself the typing. Yes, you do need to subscribe to TradeStation to use the code (the code is written in a Basic-like language for trading called EasyLanguage).
I have been a subscriber to TradeStation for a long time. The authors are generous contributors of articles and free code to the TradeStation community and are well-respected. I would check out their article that uses combinations of sentiment indicators, taken from Chapter 8 in the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book!

I spent a few weeks trying to find something to use to improve my EJB knowledge. The books I found usually spent too much time on using the J2EE reference implementation and spent too little time on EJBs, or else were for the wrong EJB specification. This book was exactly what I was looking for.

O'Reilly again hits the nail right on the head!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great except...

This book was great. I cannot deny that the author seems intensely intelligent, but able to convey his Java knowledge in an understandable way. His examples, though, are freakishly LONG. This, for me at least, made the learning process somewhat labored. Worth the money, though. The book covers a LOT of ground very well.