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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Rod Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Invaluable resource for any serious user of J2EE

When I first heard about my coworkers talking about this book, I thought "oh great, another J2EE book!" Much to my surprise (& delight), this book is not a how-to recipe book at all, but rather a collection of valuable suggestions on how to use J2EE and build high-quality J2EE applications. What sets this book apart from other run-of-the-mill Java/J2EE books is it gives you suggestions distilled from lessons learned in the battlefield (not regurgitated marketing shpiel from vendors), and it tells you exactly WHY. Moreover, it tells you what the tradeoffs are for each design option you take, which is almost never mentioned in any technical books and only obtainable from work experience. I'm just glad I'd bought and read this book, because it really helped me to raise my game, and I can now design apps with much more confidence.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
There is no doubt, this is the best book on MFC!

I have read a lot of good books on MFC, but this one stands above them all. This is the Petzold of MFC books. The information in this book has save me much time and effort. He goes beyond MFC and uses the API when MFC falls short and point out bugs both in the wizards and windows and how to get past them.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Reporting Services in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Teo Lachev
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly Recommended

Bought this book recently. The 5 stars given by all reviewers speaks enough about this book. I think it is THE best book on RS. At first I thought the praise for it was overblown, but now I stand corrected.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Most Used and Beat Up Book I Own Right Here

I bought this book when I first wanted to learn PHP. That was 4 months ago. I am now developing commercial applications in PHP.

Not kidding.

This book does start you off at square 1, but is still a great book for the more advanced programmers. It doesn't cover everything. Nothing can. But it is by far the most referenced book I have. Today it looks so beat up from use that it appears to have been dragged through the kitchen (I literally ate dinner while reading this many times) and looks like I have been sleeping with it for some kind of teddy bear. (Ok, maybe I have.)

The point I am trying to drive home: Buy This Book.

If you want to learn PHP, buy this book. If you want a good reference on how to do XYZ in PHP or MYSQL, buy this book. If you are developing web sites based on PHP, buy this book.

That being said, also buy a MYSQL book while you are at it so you can have access to a reference to expand you query possibilities. The book covers a lot of common SQL queries, but like I said, the book doesn't cover everything. (Any claim to such would be unrealistic.)

Final note: The books says it covers PHP 3 and 4, but don't let that stop you. Everything covered here works in PHP 5 as well. Until Larry here revises this book to include PHP 5, that's right, buy this book.