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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(tm)2: A Beginner's Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt, Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing book... Huge Help for Non-Programmers

I haven't completed the entire book but so far so good. The book is a great help for Non-programmers that are trying to get up to speed in Java. The explanations, examples and exercises are awesome.

The way the book is structured is also outstanding. If you are the type of person trying to understand what Java is about and being able to code without struggling with too much technical jargon, this book is for you.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning Java from scratch.

In addition the list of frustrating Java books presented by one of the reviewers I would add Thinking in Java, it might be a great book for Intermediate or Advanced user but for beginners "No way Jose" too complex and very hard to follow.

I have completed this book now and I think the 5 stars that I original assigned to the book are well preserved, this book is a great jump-start for Java newbies. Excellent book in a nutshell.

My 2 cents

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Objects First With Java : A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Barnes, Michael Kolling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn by doing: best intro to a programming language

Not all intro Java books are created equal, and this one is definitely worth the price.

I've had formal education in 3 programming languages, and this book is by far the best one I've ever read. It's because the chapters walk you through the design, implementation, and refactoring of actual Java projects. Vocabulary and concepts are taught in the process, so you find yourself absorbing the facts by necessity.

The book comes with an application called BlueJ, which models Java classes and object relationships. You can check your work against code samples on the CD as you complete the milestones of each project.

If you learn by doing, and you need to learn Java and OO, this book is for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
It stinks!

While the writing is good and the production values utterly lavish, the maps are a disaster -- labelled with letters and numbers that don't often correspond with the legend, when there is a legend at all. More typical is the beastiary in the back: every monster has a pretty picture, but it's almost impossible to understand the icons used to show the enemies' attacks and what they're vulnerable to. Not the most practical guide, but a nice souvenir nonetheless.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Dynamite Book

I purchased this book partly out of curiosity from its reviews. It either received a 5-star rating or a 1-star rating. Much to my surprise, I found this book was dynamite and loaded with innovative trading strategies not found elsewhere. One strategy detailed in How I Trade for a Living - the Friday-to-Monday momentum break pattern - netted me over $20,000 the week of January 31. A warning though. If you are looking for the usual, staid, conventional trading advice, look elsewhere. The author never found charts, volume, and oscillators of any value in his quest for trading success.