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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification: A Comprehesive Primer, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for Certification


This is the best book in the market for java certification, it covers each and every aspect of the certificate exam and just doesn't limit to that but also have in depth and detail matter that can serve as reference and a guide in solving some trivial issues that take countless hours of debugging and quashing bugs. A Must have



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cocoa Programmming by Aaron Hillegas


This is the first Cocoa book I have found that comfortably leads the reader from Objective-C and Cocoa concepts to lots of understandable working code.
The examples illustrate the power of Interface Builder but the interfaces are, refreshingly, only complex enough to illustrate concepts. Much of the book covers the essential Cocoa concepts that make the interfaces run and the tight integration of the code with IB.
The documentation required to create the examples is all within the book. References to Apple documentation are there to lead the reader beyond the content of the book.
The writing is not only understandable but very efficient. As a result even more material is covered than might be expected from the healthy 432 pages.
Don't start underlining! Every word is important.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Tomcat Works
Publisher: Brainysoftware.Com
Authors: Budi Kurniawan, Paul Deck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I now understand Tomcat's internals


I became interested after reading Richard Monson-Haefel's praising this book in his blog (http://weblogs.java.net/pub/wlg/1372). After reading the six free chapters from the publisher's site (www.brainysoftware.com), I decided to buy. This is a truly amazing book that covers such an advanced topic in such a simple language. I feel I do understand the internals of Tomcat now. The first Tomcat component you can build after reading this book is as simple as 20 lines or so, as demonstrated in the publisher's site. Supporting technologies, such as shutdown hook, Digester, JMX, are also well explained so that you will be really prepared to wade through complex code.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Financial Modeling - 2nd Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Simon Benninga
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful book


I am an budget and forecast analyst and consider this book a waste of money for professionals. The author approaches the topics like cash flow and cost analysis as if the reader were a freshmen student. I was disappointed because the book is not what it claims to be. At the cash flow analysis, the author worries about how to show that the depreciation should be added to the profit after tax. Anybody who works in the field knows that. Then, the author goes to the spreadsheets. They are so simple that anyone could do the same on a piece of paper and still be faster. I felt I spent US$60 for nothing.