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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Web Site Design from Start to Finish
Publisher: How Design Books
Authors: Anne-Marie Concepcion
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good for beginners


After reading the reviews of this book I eagerly awaited its arrival hoping to gain some useful design insights. I was pretty disappointed to find that it turned out to be a beginner's guide to developing a web site. This book is well designed and laid out, but the information is really for the beginning web site designer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Test Preparation Guide


I've been developing software in C/C++ for the past 11 years. Recently, I began to realize that I needed to update my skill set by learning Java. I decided to get my Java Programmer and Developer certifications from Sun. After looking at several Java books, I came upon this one. Kathy and Bert have a casual, enjoyable wrting style that kept the subject matter interesting. In addition to the excellent writing, they included self tests with answers at the end of each chapter. Instead of just reading the book passively, I was able to test my comprehension as I progressed through the material. The additional master exam included with the book was another invaluable exam preparation tool. If you need to quickly and completely learn the Java 2 language, then this is the book for you !



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tomcat: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Brittain, Ian F. Darwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very easy to understand and tells you stuff you need to know


I'm just getting into JSP/Servlet via Tomcat 4. I found this book very easy to read and understand. I was actually reading through the book at the bookstore. It was exactly what I was looking for as a person with limited UNIX and J2EE experience.

The book clearly tells you what you need to do and tells you how to confirm that something is working. Of greatest interest to me was how Tomcat would be implemented. The book listed the 4 ways to integrate Tomcat with an existing Apache server running in addition to running Tomcat as a stand-alone HTTP server. The book is sensitive to readers that may be running Tomcat on several platforms other than UNIX and XP. I found this book to be informative. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core JavaServer Faces (Sun Microsystems Press Java Series)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary, Cay Horstmann
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good intro for JSF but...


I am currently reading David Geary�s Core JavaServer Faces book. I have read Chapters 1-9 and Chapter 12 (Ch 10 talks about JSF/ external service, Ch 11 about JSF/wireless clients).

One thing that annoyed me right away was he starts talking about the core JSF classes (UIInput, FacesContext etc) in early chapters without a formal introduction to the JSF class hierarchy. He does do a good job in laying out the JSF and HTML tags, but he never does the same for the classes. Well, I think that maybe the class hierarchy will come soon, but as I finished chapter 9 (custom components), I realized he never did that. As a programmer, I feel that this is a serious lacking in a book.Again, as a programmer, I managed to overcome this lacking by referring to the JSF Javadocs for the class hierarchy as I was reading thru the chapters. David Geary's own article on JSF does a good job of introducing the classes (although the names are a little outdated).

His examples are very good (the downloaded code builds/works great), but I did not find any that "pushed the envelope" of JSF. For example, in the custom components chapter, he talks about building a custom spinner :roll:; yes, this is a good intro to howto, but I would like to see something more complicated and exciting, like a tree or a list component. After all, the ability to plugin custom components as tags is one of the enticing features of the JSF specification. It would have also been nice if he had talked more about JavaScript/JSF interaction.

The book is about 600+ pages long, but I think half the pages are just code printed (a lot of the code is also repeated in the discussion within the chapters). I dont know if this is good (lot of printed code) or bad (lot of wasted trees). The longer chapters kind of meander between discussion of code and printed code, and by the time I was with the chapter, I had to go back and put the pieces together myself. It would have been nice if he summarized the concepts in the end. (I plan to summarize the `Custom Components' chapter soon)

I did find the chapter on Tiles and the `How do I' section on using the Commons Validator for client-side validation, quite interesting and informative :cool: (although, I think he should have delved more into these topics instead of a whole chapter on the JSF dataTable tag!)

Bottomline, Core JSF is a good introduction to JSF with some advanced discussion too. I recommend it to get started on JSF, but with a healthy dose of JSF JavaDocs and/or another book.

read the full review here ( http://www.browngeek.com/index.php?p=27 )