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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robin Williams Design Workshop
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams, John Tollett
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
not very helpful

I didn't like it and it didn't help me. I was looking for a tutorial, but this book is more like an overview of web design.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Cocoa Applications : A Step by Step Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Michael K. Mahoney
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Should have been a lot thicker...

I've been meaning to learn Objective C, Interface Builder and Project Builder for years. From back in the days of Rhapsody, and before when I'd bought books on NextStep programming. Always intended to do so, that is, until I received this book at Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. And now after typing my way through the book's source code, I'm comfortable with Objective C's oddball syntax, understand how to wire up an application in Interface Builder and have confidence I'll soon be making quality Cocoa applications of my own. I've already started writing a freedb client.
Obviously, it would be nice for me if the book explored network programming or the IOKit, but it concentrated on the fundamentals which nearly all applications share: windows, menus, drawing, printing, preferences, clipboards, documents, icons, etc. I can figure it out from here.
So get off the fence, it's time to learn Cocoa.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for EJB developers

This book is excellent. It's so well written that it's actually interesting to read. A lot of technical books are a bit dull, but you won't get bored reading this book.
Others have done a good job of explaining its contents (see "Good to the last drop!" by David Holts) so I won't go there. I will say, however, that the O'Reilly book explains everything is plain English and is very accessible to the average Java developer. It's also detailed enough to make for a good reference.
I read a couple of detractors who say that this book is either unorganized or uninteresting. I have no idea what book they were reading but it wasn't O'Reilly's EJB book. This book is extremely well organized and is one of the best technical books I've ever read (after 13 years in IT I've read a lot of books). I wouldn't pay much attention to the critics, I don't think they would know a good book if they saw one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
How To Program VB6

This book is written well and logical, it has many items other books lack. This book is a first year comp sci book and that is why it does not have all the answers in the back; read the intro people. Comparing this to other titles I have used, this one fits my needs very well, easy to read, follow, and understand. You must put an effort into the reading to get the best out of it. If you do not work at it, its true, you will think this book is difficult. Deitel & Deital books fill my programming library now, don't waste money on other books.