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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash Math Creativity
Publisher: Friends of ED
Authors: Keith Peters, Manny Tan, Jamie MacDonald
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not all that Impressive

This book will not teach you anything about how math is used in Flash technically in a "how to manor." You can use the movies provided to teach yourself. This book is basically just a bunch of Flash guys paid to show off thier work. Each chapter has a different author and they walk you through the creative process and code of the movies featured. Each author has thier own unique style. Some chapters have amazing Flash movies and some are simply unimpressive. All of the .flas are available online for you to dissect and play with. If you like this kind of stuff, then you may like this book. If you have a ton of money and want a book to "play" with, I would recommend this book. Otherwise, spend your money on something that can actuallly teach you something.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J2EE Web Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Indeed comprehensive

The alphabet soup subtitle gives a clue as to the book's heft: "XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, WS-I, JAX-RPC, JAXR, SAAJ, JAXP". All these can be effectively summarised by the phrase "Basic Profile 1.0". This is needed for interoperability of any web service application you might be developing. It is a set of rules telling how to use XML, WSDL, SOAP and UDDI to make your application available as a Web service.
If you don't know these 4 items, then basically you need to read most of the book, before being able to deploy an application. The chapters span 733 well written pages (plus there are large appendices). So be warned, it is not trivial to develop a Web service. The clarity of the writing helps assimilation, but the sheer bulk of the text seems necessary.
On the positive side, now with BP 1, if you conform to it, your application should indeed work in a diverse environment. Such could not easily be said prior to it. Along the way, you may certainly wonder if the large amount of material needed to be understood is indicative of a still developing field. This barrier may be the single greatest impediment to Web service development. Certainly not the author's fault. He is explaining industry-wide agreed upon standards. Though in the last chapter, he does suggest along these lines that XML deployment descriptors used in J2EE are far too bulky and brittle.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent book

If you want to be one MFC programmer, I strongly recommend this book to you. Prosise simplifies the complex MFC into a easy-understand form. I really like his writing style: concise, clear. prosise avoided wizard to teach MFC,He write the sample program from scratch. I think it will give you a good understanding of MFC internal mechanism, make you not only know how to write code, but also actually know why ? I bieleive the good programmer must understand "why" , not "how". If you really want to be a good programmer ,don't hesitate! go to buy it ,then reading carefully.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only way to get started by yourself

This book could have been about 200 pages shorter if they left out the redundant info on content and style of content. I would call this book "Keep it simple silly" as they must mention the KISS theory about 400 times. While I did get a better understanding of HTML after reading it. I was surely not prepared to make much of a web page when I was done digesting these 400 pages. I suggest picking it up at the library as I did and then getting a HTML reference book. Heck you can just go to WebMonkey or some other tutorial web site and learn just as much but quicker. It served it's usefullness but I would never buy it or reference back to it after reading it.