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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Nice book hard to come by

All in all, this book is very well written, especially if compared to other books in similar titles. Concepts are explained concisely and no extra irrelevant materials covered. That said, it still can be improved in two areas:1. This book is very useful if you read it together with the companion wookbooks. The book I read was for weblogic, which, unfortunately, was kind of out dated. It took a while to get the first example up and running. After that, the rest is quite smooth.2. The later part of the book, starting from chapter 12, seems to be done more in a rush. Even the writing style was kind of different from earlier chapters. Also there were quite some repetitions that probably could be omitted and replaced with more elaboration and examples of the topics.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pragmatic Project Automation: How to Build, Deploy, and Monitor Java Apps
Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers
Authors: Mike Clark
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
by far the weakest of the Pragmatic series

I'm a huge fan of the Thomas and Hunt Pragmatic series...but this current book is weak. Perhaps because its not written by Thomas and Hunt themselves, perhaps because it was so closely tied to a particular CMS, I don't know, but the book seemed to light.

As an example, early in the book there was a teaser about using a lava lamp as a build indicator with a note that it would be discussed later. The later discussion never explained the details of 'how' to this...expounding instead on why it was a good idea.

I'm not saying this book is 'bad'...just that its not 'great' like the other Pragmatics.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book

This is "the" book for a new designer. It has taught me some things and helped me with my job.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent examples, very helpful

I bought this book because I was interested in expanding my knowledge of web design and I was very pleased. Anyone who knows basic HTML will have no problem understanding the book. I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn more about Cascading Style Sheets and how they can easily be implemented into any webpage to add to the aesthetic qualities of the page and cut down on HTML markup tags in the code. CSS is easy, concise, and simple.