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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn to Program with Java
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: John Smiley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book for beginners

I've read lots of introduction to Java books but this is the best I've read. As other reviewers noted, he explains Java using a classroom environment. You'll feel like you are in one of his classroom learning Java with other students. Some reviewers were bothered by this style. I think this is a matter of preferrence because this style actually helps me to learn Java without being intimidated by big words that other authors like to use. Also, I'm one of those people who might ask "stupid questions". Some people might get bothered by stupid people like me but not Smiley. He was very patient answering those questions that the students in his books asked. In fact, he uses this technique to review/reinforce the concept he just explained earlier. I still can remember the feeling when I was reading this book and suddenly I "GET" Java. After this book, reading other more advanced Java books became easier for me.
So, if you're a novice programmer trying to learn Java, I recommend this book very much. Especially if you're considering one of those for dummies books. I have nothing against for dummies books. But, MY experience tells me that this books is in the same category with those for dummies books in terms of target reader expertise level and this book HELPS ME.
btw, from my personal experience, the author is diligent in answering his email when I ask him questions about his book. That tells you something about his dedication to his book doesn't it? :)
I wish he would also write a more advanced topic book of programming so I can go and buy it :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C How to Program, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Deitel, Assoc., Deitel, Associates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Systematic, thorough and rigorous

For the beginning to intermediate range of programming tutorials, the Deitel's C How to Program gets a superior rating. Their pedagogy is thorough, systematic, and puts the student solidly into the intermediate stage at the end of the course. One of the main benefits in addition to this is that their problem sets at the end of each chapter are quite numerous and extensive. The programming exercises are very challenging and motivate algorithmic thinking quite well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements, Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Zacler. Craig, J.C. MacKin, Ian McLean, Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Just getting Started with this Kit

I am only just getting started with this Kit and am 5 Chapters into the 70-290 Exam book. The Server 2003 Evaluation copy is great and I used a WinXP machine and a roll over cable and I have the needed network to do all the Exercises. Then the problems start. There are MANY errors and typos in the Exercises. They constantly use ? instead of ". They also have you run command line scripts that DO NOT work that the chapter just got done explaining to you why they won't work (and knowing that it is not suppose to be part of the exercise). They also have you run commands from the command prompt and forget to tell you that you need to be in the Root of C:\

If you have experience you will troubleshoot your way through the exercises. If not, you will probably give up. I ordered the Sybase books for exams 70-290 and 70-291 before I finished chapter 2. I will continue to drudge through until they get here. There is very good information MOST of the time.

Come on Microsoft; Proof your text and Excercises for functionality before going to press.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DB2 UDB v8 Handbook for Windows and UNIX/Linux
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Philip K. Gunning
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A DB2 Book that will make you Rock!

This book is just great for helping short handed DBAs quickly get up to speed on V8. The chapter on Type-2 indexes clearly points out how to implement and monitor them, along with the perforomance benefits. The Chapter on tuning cfg parameters provides recommendations based on actual experience, the chapter on tuning buffer pools, sorts, and SQL are invaluable for me to be able to support my production databases. The chapter on utilities is up to date with all the added V8 features, along with tips on what to use and exploit. Well written by a real guru.