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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A classic O'Reilly publication - great content and pitch

This book follows in the great tradition of excellence from the O'Reilly stable; as well as having great content, it's very *readable* - and has plenty of examples. Filled a gap in my quest for knowledge perfectly.

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
The definitive PERL Programming Book

Programming Perl, an O'Reilly Nutshell series book, is by far one of the best Perl programming books available. This book has almost everything anyone could possibly want to know about how to do things in the Perl language, commonly used on the World Wide Web. Each chapter is clear and concise and the latter part of the book includes several programs and examples on how to do the most common tasks. The Second Release, available in October, 1996 should be even better with updates to cover the current Perl 5.0 version. This book should be in every Perl programmer's library

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Transaction Processing : Concepts and Techniques (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jim Gray, Andreas Reuter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Showing its age, but still has a lot to offer

For nearly a decade this book has been the definitive reference on transaction processing. Although the more recent, May 2001 book titled "Transactional Information Systems: Theory, Algorithms, and the Practice of Concurrency Control" by Gerhard Weikum and Gottfried Vossen will probably supplant this book as the standard reference, there is still much material that makes this book useful.
In particular, this book covers the following topics in more depth than the newer boom cited above:- Fault tolerance and availability, both topics are covered in depth from hardware and software perspectives. This is unique for a book on transaction processing in that most books on the subject confine their scope to software and databases.
- A wide and complete survey of transaction models. True, some of this material is about models that are falling into disuse, but the value is the way the authors go deeply into the mechanics. I've always felt that this part of the book is the most valuable because the principles can be refactored into hybrid models. Moreover, comparing this material with the newer book by Weikum and Vossen shows that these principles are still employed in today's TP solutions.
Material about transaction processing monitors is obviously out of date, but, like the TP models, the principles still apply to contemporary systems. My recommendation is if you are going to buy a single book on the topic get the Weikum and Vossen I cited in the first paragraph. However, if your budget allows, I also highly recommend this book as well because of the depth in which fault tolerance and TP models are covered. If you want to just learn the basics of TP I recommend that you consider "Principles of Transaction Processing" by Philip A. Bernstein and Eric Newcomer because it is less daunting than this or the Weikum and Vossen book (both of which are 1100+ pages).

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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A very good book

This is a very good book. It makes Java 1.4 very easy by using detailed discussions, many examples, and some very helpful diagrams. What I liked the most about this book is that it also gives some practice programming projects(not very big). The exams on the cd are also good and I was able to download a bonus master exam from the learnkey site. What I would have liked to see is 6% more diagrams. In some areas, diagrams would have been best to use instead of detailed explanations. Overall, it's a very good book and I've had others which did not do a very good job in explaining things