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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2003 (VB .NET) in 24 Hours Complete Starter Kit
Publisher: Sams
Authors: James Foxall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just what I wanted


I am a part time programmer, making the transition from Access VBA to VB.Net. I don't have time to code in notepad and want to use all the productivity tools available (read Visual Studio 2003). This book gave me the basics for text boxes, combo boxes (big differences) etc. and provided good real world examples. Also the downloaded code worked and was easy to follow.
Great job.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Bravo Castro!


I have owned every one of the HTML for the world wide web books she's written and like the others, this one is better than all the books before. As the web moves more toward CSS, Castro focuses on helping readers get a good solid understanding of how to utilize CSS features but doesn't leave anyone behind. Why do I like this book and the rest of the series so much? When I'm writing code, I don't have time to read lots of stuff to understand how to do what I need to have done. Castro's books are very to-the-point teaching users what's needed to get the job done now. Other reviewers have given her a 4/5 for not covering things as well as possible, but in my view, this is still an excellent reference. I keep this book along with others handy any time I'm writing PHP, HTML, CSS, or Perl. It's been worn quite well as well as the rest of her HTML books in my library. I actually teach HTML from this book and my students rave about it too.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Questionable...


The DVD apparently means well, but it skims over things (everything), and in some cases (the PGP installation tutorial for example - for an outdated version of PGP) it's just not all there.
It would have been better to have someone who is a good public speaker give the DVD presentation (for the sake of all that's good, spend a little money on the production value!) And not just put one of the writers on camera in a dimly lit room with two or three other people from (the publishing company?) asking a question or two at the end of each chapter.
The explanations of some of the acronyms are not as clear as they should be. They could be better organized. Depending on just this book would worry me.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's a light, useful overview, but not complete.


This is the first published book for the SCJEA certification. Although it's very light (less than 200 pages), it does cover EJB, UML, Design Patterns, Security, Internationlization, and Protocols. It provides useful information on how to apply your knowledges on these topics, but you should learn the knowledges from practice or from other books. It contains some very interesting mock questions, on UML, Security, Internationalization, Protocols, which help you a lot to understand the concept in an architect's way. It provides a case study for part II and part III, although it is a good example, you need to know enterprise java architecting before reading this chapter.
I finally decide to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because of two reasons:1. There is nothing about messaging. legacy connectivity.2. They copied the nine sample questions from Sun's site, but gave no more explanation. What's more, in the book, the answer of question 5 is incomplete (it should be A, E, but in the book, the answer is E), and the answer of question 9 does not appear in the book (which is D).
Since it's the only one available, I suggest you buy (or borrow) this book...