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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A+


This book is an excelent reference to Javascript. I'ts direct and complete. An excelent choice to buy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have for every Perl programmer


This book is the authoritative guide to Perl. It is not always easy reading, but it is an indispensable reference book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Babbleon


Finally, a book to make people think. Hofstadter has created a text for those who are bored with the general complacency exhibited in the modern world. I encourage anyone who wants to be challenged in thought and perception to read this book. Enjoy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paul Allen, Joseph Bambara
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very poorly written


I agree with the other reviewers that this book is very poorly written. After reading the first few chapters and have found a half dozen spelling mistakes and several sentences that don't make sense, you have to know that this book was rushed out the door.
What's worse than that for your typical SCEA candidate is the amount of time that is wasted with repetitive or unnecessary information. I've got very little time in my day to read books, and the last thing I need is an author inserting fluff around the core material just to make the book look bigger. This "user-friendly" writing style is best kept in the "X For Dummies" series, and kept out of books for busy professionals.
The other SCEA book (Cade and Roberts) is a much better buy. I'd recommend buying only that one and supplementing it with other subject-specific books (EJB, UML, Patterns) instead of wasting your money and time with this one.