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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Hardly 'definitive'

I've been using Flash now for about three years and have got more and more into the programming/development aspect. I'm an active part of the Flash communities and had heard a lot about Colin through the forums, which prompted me to buy his book. I consider it a must for anyone who is serious about developing applications within the Flash environment from the very beginner to expert. His style of writing makes it easy to quickly get to grips with even the most complicated areas of actionscript 1. I always keep the book within arms length of my computer as the thorough language reference section regularly provides me with not just ways of doing things, but explains best practices and why. I have bought quite a few instructional books particularly relating to Flash and this is the best by a mile, it makes the price tag seem very good value indeed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent reference, but a bit cryptic though.

My respects to Mr. Meir, he really knows his stuff. Could use some more examples to illustrate simple rules, and less theory. But nonetheless, an excellent reference. A definite recommend for any would be web designer/developer or HTMinimaList.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Should have been titled the PARTIAL java 1.1 reference

This book should have been titled "the partial reference to Java 1.1 with a couple of 2.0 things thrown in so I can sell more copies"
- HORRIBLE Swing coverage
- No mention of Model-View-Controller
- No mention of Entrprise Java Beans
- Approximately 50 references to, "a complete discussion of this topic is beyond the scope of this book"
Not bad 1.1 coverage, but no excuse for not discussing JDBC.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Bentley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book about how to "think" for software engineering

Great book for those who are interested in the thought that goes behind the problem solving skills that are used by great programmers. Does not matter which language or progamming method you use, this book can teach you something. If all programmers read this book, we would have much better software in this world