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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Well, it looks pretty


This book is bad. And not just normal, mostly available online bad, but really bad. Is it technically correct? Yes. Does it cover the basics well? Yes. But to call itself an "essential" reference is going too far.
My main complaints come from the fact that half the modules refer the reader to the online documentation. I don't mind the fact that it replicates the online docs -- there's something to be said for printed manuals. However for many modules the author simply duplicated the example and refers the reader to the website. This wouldn't be so bad if the examples were always self-documenting, but they're not.
The second frustration with this book comes from it's unusability as a reference. This stems from the fact that the index and table of contents point to the wrong pages. Or simply pages that don't exist. I don't know if this happened during the transition to the second edition, but it's unexcusable. And it's not just a few -- it's a lot.
In conclusion, this is not a book that will see much use in my office. In fact, I think I'm going to put it out of sight -- just looking at it annoys me.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This is a pure 2d game book - forget about 3d


Im new to game programming, and i recently picked this book up. Now there are only a coupld of books dedicated to game programming that i have seen. This book definitly tops it off, even if you dont know C or C++ theres a primer in the back of the book. Theres also a review of trigonometry. Its unlike other resources where the writing is cryptic. Its in plain english, and easy to understand. For hard core veterans, you would probably not want this(then again if you are a veteran why are you buying more game programming books?) I suggest all beginners and intermediates get this book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good (though focuses on Sun's Java Web Server)


This is a very good book for beginner - intermediate.
I like everything about this book except that it seems Jason tilts more towards Java Web Server and gives undue importance to topics specific to JWS. For example, he explains Servlet Chaining which is supported on JWS, but not on other servers (like Apache JServ). And he doesn't care to reveal that Servlet Chaining is not even a part of Servlet specifications. Sad thing is that Jason (knowingly or unknowingly) tries to make us believe that it is a good feature. When I asked around, the general feeling that I got was that Chaining is a bad practice of writing servlets. I feel Jason should have stuck to general topic of Servlet programming. If he had, I would have given this book 5 stars.
Otherwise, I found this book very good. This book has already made me a pro in Java Servlet Programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Ann Rockley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent addition to the literature


Managing Enterprise Content is an excellent addition to the literature on content management. The focus on a unified, enterprise-wide content strategy makes this book a must for anyone in a company that is contemplating content management. That includes executives, managers, writers, and subject matter specialists, as well as tools and technology people.
An enterprise-wide strategy requires getting out of what Rockley and her colleagues call the "content silo trap." Anyone who works in a large company will recognize the content silos that Rockley and her colleagues describe and will identify with the problems that content silos can create. Managing Enterprise Content will help you move beyond those silos to collaborative authoring and a phased content management strategy for the company.
You don't have to be part of a large company to benefit from this book. With 22 chapters, an excellent glossary, and several appendices, Managing Enterprise Content provides sound advice for all types of enterprises.
Rockley is an internationally known expert in content management, content reuse, and the tools and technology for working with large volumes of information. This book draws on her extensive experience and knowledge of information modeling, workflows, metadata, dynamic content, and XML. Based on this extensive experience, Rockley helps you think through the options for different ways to do content management and with questions to ask vendors as you evaluate different tools.