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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Object Primer : Agile Model-Driven Development with UML 2.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Scott W. Ambler
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too Much Fluff, Lack of Concreteness

Have you ever read a book where halfway through it, your expectations begin dwindle because the author either did not cover the topic or promises to cover it in more detail in later chapters, but never does? If you ever feel this way about a book, then this is the perfect examples of those types of books.
After reading the synopsis and browsing some of the crude methods that I can assimulate with when I was performing requirements modeling, I thought this book might come in handy. After close scrutiny, I was very disappointed by the authors lack of knowledge in UML. A lot of what was presented was very superficial, and the explanations were lacking in terms of it presentation of each of the models in UML. I should have stuck with the three authors (Jacobson, Booch, and Rumbaugh) who were the original designers of UML.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE definitive guide for servlets and JSP

This book is excellent for those who want to get a firm understanding of servlets and JSP quickly. Don't let the quick part fool you. This book is no overview. It provides detailed coverage of both technologies, but it is so well written that anyone from the professional developer to the hobbyist should find it an easy read.
I am new to Java development and was recently given a project to take our current customer service system and convert it from a servlet based system to a servlet/JSP system. I bought this book based on the reviews and it was EXCELLENT.
Marty Hall starts you off with an in depth view of servlets and then gradually walks you into JSP. Although he is thorough with his information, he is never boring. I read the book from cover to cover and it provided me with an excellent foundation for learning servlet/JSP programming. It has also motivated to obtain a firmer grasp of the subject by continuing to read up on it. I have begun reading Fields' and Kolb's Web Development With JavaServer Pages (review forthcoming).
If you are new to servlets and JSP and want to get up to speed quickly, I would say this is the best book out there.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I like this book

I'm a former mainframe COBOL programmer, dabbling in web page design, mostly for my own use, but I also develop some Intranet pages for my company.
This book has been very helpful to me in that I can use it by section, to learn new techniques, or as a reference guide, to find out how to code a particular command.
I already knew some basic HTML coding techinques, but Beginning ASP Databases helped me understand the ASP code. I tried some other books but they didn't seem to have the clarity of this one. It isn't a lot of verbage, just format and instruction, like the good old mainframe days. it's worth its price and would make a good addition to your reference library.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Fritz Onion
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great ASP.NET book

If you write ASP.NET applications, this book is for you.Just read the first chapter and you'll see what I mean. While this book is very detailed, it is also very easy to read because the author takes concepts one by one and explains them in simple terms.