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Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Color Index: Over 1100 Color Combinations, CMYK and RGB Formulas, for Print and Web Media
Publisher: How Design Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Wonderful Tool

Just received this book yesterday and already have used it!This book is a wonderful tool for the graphic designer and it would be a compliment to any Colour Theory class.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Threads, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Scott Oaks, Henry Wong
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not a bad introduction to threading in Java.

This book is not academic, nor does it offer a very rigorous approach to the subject of Concurrent Programming. This book will not work for everyone. However, I believe it does offer basic, solid threading to many new people for most everyday programming tasks.
Threading is not an incredibly difficult or complex topic. Threading is an advanced programming topic. Solid programming knowledge is prerequiste.
If you already are proficient in writing threaded code in other languages, I would not recommend (buying) this book. Simply reading the interface for Thread and Runnable may suffice. Java's threading support is quite elegant; you shouldn't have major problems figuring things out.
Threading is kind of confusing at first because it involves calling procedures for the sole purpose of timing. That is, a correctly written program will use a set of procedures in such a way that when a call returns, it will be safe to access shared data.
This book is not concise as it could be, but if you are a reasonably experienced and intellegent programmer, you should be able to handle most basic sychronization tasks after reading this book. It is written in style that goes like this:
1. It introduces a problem.
2. It briefly shows a solution a student might suggest.
3. It then explains why this doesn't work.
4. It finally explains the proper solution.
You need to understand why something is correct or not, not only how to do it correctly. Whether or not you like the particular approach used in this book is a matter of personal preference.
After reading this book, I would recommend a good textbook on concurrent programming to further and more rigorously study issues of sychronization, starvation, control, and deadlock.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great introduction to SQL and PL/SQL

This excellent work starts at the beginning and methodically steps through every important feature of SQL and PL/SQL. It gives a perfect basis for learning how to write SQL statements and PL/SQL code. The last two chapters cover procedures, packages, triggers...all the core programming tools in PL/SQL. Every chapter has dozens of exercises designed to help you practice the techniques and get them into your mental tool set.
Good next steps after this book might be "PL/SQL Programming" for complete programming nerds, or one of the Oracle Press exam guides for those wanting to get certified. Trying to squeeze those things into this book would have made it too big to print!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Really Great

This Book is awesome. Few things wrong with it (but every book does) I have no problem finding the places or things. I get confused in the storyline of the game but thats not the books fault. The only problem i have with it is it does not tell me how to deafeat the American creatures. And some of the ememy's info is wrong. Other wise it is perfect. I recommend it to every one.