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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-read for semi-expert programmers and architects

The reader of Gamma's design patterns immediately notices how the author has been looking for a readable, high quality, book. Everything has been thought over, so as to help first reading as well as later references. Like the patterns it describes, the book has been written, reviewed, chewed, re-written, to border on excellency. Solutions are always accompanied with the issues and pitfalls to avoid, the alternatives. The numerous indexes, cross references, and the overall simplicity (only 23 patterns, but they are well chosen) let the user access the book in any order. Last but not least, there is no hype in this book, and the authors stay modest throughout the book. A must read then, but wait until you have tackled the real-world of engineering, and have encountered and solved problems on your own. Then you will understand my meaning...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Simon Robinson, K. Scott Allen, Ollie Cornes, Jay Glynn, Zach Greenvoss, Burton Harvey, Christian Nagel, Morgan Skinner, Karli Watson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Disappointing C# Reference

I have found this book to be a very disappointing C# reference. The scope of the book is very large, but it doesn't seem to give adequate coverage of much of anything. Time and again I have gone to this book looking for a specific piece of information only to be disappointed. Other sections of the book are very poorly written. For example, in the section on exception handling, they state correctly that exceptions shouldn't be used to break out of for or while loops, and then proceed with an example that does just that. I think the author's could have invested a little more time and effort in coming up with a better example of using exceptions. Instead of buying this book, you're much better off saving your money and just using the MSDN documentation pages.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book to begin

This is a very good book to begin learning web tier of J2EE. It builds gradually on a concepts in a friendly and funny way. It starts with the fundamentals and prods you to think about the advanced concepts and then delves in them to sufficient detail. Mock exam questions test the topics discussed and also prepare you for the SCBCD exam if you plan to appear for one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LaTeX Companion, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, Chris Rowley
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
useless as reference

This book is pretty much useless as a reference. I bought this book as a reference for my next big document (I'm using LaTeX for some 8 years). Unfortunately I found that the index in this book is virtually useless. Yes, it does refer you to pages in the text that contain the word you are looking for, but that's as far as it goes. "Explanations" that I did find are generally anything but intuitive, often enough sections never truly deal with what the headline suggests.
One star for the examples, that I use as a guide. But generally this book keeps the wood of my shelf from fading.