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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Could Be Better

Marty Hall's _Core_Servlets_&_Java_Server_pages_ is the best book I've seen so far on the subject (I've also read Java2 T.C.Ref., Thinking in Java, Java_Gently, Java & XML and Developing Java Web Services).Using Apache Tomcat and his sample code as templates, I had a JSP/Servlet combination running delivering a Java/XML solution to my client in a short time.My only critism so far is that I was able to filter a server directory using a servlet, but not in a JSP which I had to work around in the JSP indirectly. Still, Marty's book got me and my project up & running and for that I am thankful. Previous to this the only Java training I've received is a core Java class.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More than just Agile

You should read this book if you've done a few software projects, and are ready to crystallize (couldn't help it) some of the ideas you have running around in your head about making your next project more successful.

The book itself if well written and well organized. You can read it straight through, or use it as a reference. I believe most people will tend to do both.

This book is about managing the people who are developing the software, how to facilitate their communication, etc., and less about specific methodologies (although some methodologies are covered and compared). If you've done a few projects already, you may have noticed that these tend to be important, and you will want to pay close attention to these chapters.

The appendixes are also interesting reads. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy to read and filled with tons of things you didn't know

Apple Confidential tells it like it was-very impartial, newsy, and informative.
While it was a very easy read, it was full of all sorts of juicy tidbits that complete a history. I'm talking about the kind of things that you know in your heart have to be going on at a large company, but somehow have been sanitized and bleached until all that hits the public is a "whitebread" version of the truth (Jobs and Woz were best friends who wanted to change the world, yadda, yadda, yadda....).
Newp, not here-in Apple Confidential we get inside the heads of the people who through a very serendipitous fate, influenced the computing industry and just the way it happened.
Anybody who would like to re-live those amazing times needs to read this book, either cover to cover, or just picking out a random chapter at a time. It was truly fascinating, and Mr. Linzmayer managed to overcome the admittedly short attention span of this reader for hours on end.
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Guide to Linux Installation and Administration, Second Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Nick Wells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for the beginner

When I decided that I wanted to learn about Linux I started out by buying one of the "Linux for Dummies" books. The only problem was that it did not cover all the topics and what it did cover seemed more like a light overview. So I ended up signing up for a Unix (Linux) class at a local college and Wells' book was the textbook. It's an excellent book for beginners. It assumes no prior knowledge of Linux/Unix and explains everything you need to know. All topics are covered thoroughly. If you are not lucky enough to have access to a Linux class that you can take at your local college, you could probably just read this book and learn a great deal by self-study. By the way, we used this book to learn the general concepts, but also used "Linux In A Nutshell" by Ellen Sievers as our reference for all of the commands. Both books together will definitely cover most everything you need to know in order to become Linux-literate.