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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
I passed!


This book is great! I've been programming Java for 2 years now. I studied for this certification exam for 4 months, about 30 minutes of studying every other day (on average). I scored 88%!
Thanks to this book and prayers!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy Reading / Good Content


I'm using a lot of concepts AND examples from this book in our current project. Guess its a very useful introduction to servlets for someone who knows Java.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaServer Pages, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Hans Bergsten
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Better choices out there for learning JSP/Servlets


I bought this book hoping to learn enough of JSP/Servlets to create an e-commerce website.

My impression after reading this book is that the author tries very hard to please both beginners and intermediate developers. To this extent, he winds up pleasing no one.

Quite often he tells "advanced programmers" to jump ahead and read a later chapter. This didn't make the book flow very well. This book gives a lot of JSP code, but skimps on the code when it comes to Beans, which are critical elements to the examples. I assume the author expects the reader to download the Bean code from O'Reilly's website and decipher the code by themselves. Because of this incompleteness, I was not able to completely grasp the ideas behind the examples. It would've been better if the author included the Bean code along with the supporting JSP code. By not providing code for them, Beans are treated like a "black box" throughout this book.

The last gripe I have about this book is the author's inordinate amount of use of "..." in the code examples. Quite often in listing the codes, he would throw the three dots. Again, this renders the examples in the book almost useless to those trying to type in the code for themselves to learn.

A more thorough and coherent book for learning about JSP and Servlets would be "Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages" by Marty Hall and Larry Brown.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i PL/SQL Programming
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Scott Urman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Only for newbies


This is a pretty decent book with plenty of advanced topics. Other than the fact that not all the advanced topics were covered I'm pretty happy with this edition.