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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


This book shows real and practical uses of Object Orientation. The concepts are described using good examples.
It's also excellent as a reference book for OO developers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding the Linux Kernel (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel P. Bovet, Marco Cesati
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
GOOD FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN 'KERNEL 2.4 VERSION'


Oh yes! This Second of Edition of "Understanding the Linux Kernel" featured a variety of new additions. The most significant being the inclusion of all those attributes, which distinguished the 2.4 kernel version from the 2.2 one.This new edition also revised some of the staples of its predecessor, like: individual components of data structures, programming pathways, and interdependent algorithms. Its pattern is just as dynamic as that of the First Edition: with expanded elaborations on all those programming and performance tips.In all, this is a good book to consider, if you are seeking Linux Kernel knowledge. But, if you already own the previous edition, and do not plan to adopt the Kernel 2.4 version, then there is no wisdom in spending on this one.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Business Data Networks and Telecommunications (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Ray Panko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book -- clearly written by a Teacher


Not only does this book cover network essentials, it is presented in a way that actually promotes learning (!) While this may seem an obvious goal, the author of this book clearly puts great effort into presenting the information in a meaningful way (most books on this subject lack this care). I'd highly recommend this to students, or even to practicioners who would like a refresher or general reference on data communications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
As complete a coverage of the Java platform as one can get.


I (...)have (...) decided to publish the complete review I did for the JavaRanch.
(...)If you feel you want to comment on my review post them in our Book Review Forum at the JavaRanch.
Each chapter briefly explains the Java technology it covers and then shows you how it is used. Every listing is explained in detail. I find the explanations clear and easy to understand. I however hated having to page back and forth in the book to see the explained code in context. Separate listings book ?
Their case studies are relevant and can be used as a great resource for your own projects at home and at work. It would have been nice if Class Diagram's were added. This would have helped one to understand the solutions better.
Considering the pure volume of the example code you will forgive me that I did not install and try it all. But what I've played around with compiled and worked perfectly.
The accompanying CD is a gem. Other authors should use it as an example to see how it should be done. I was especially impressed by the installation instructions for the accompanying software; clear, precise and accurate.
Yep I have to say something about it. I love the color they use extensively in the book. It makes the reading of listings especially easy.
This book must be one of the most complete Java books available at the moment. I highly recommend it.
A note of caution, don't expect in depth coverage on each subject. There simply is no space. They however provide extensive resources for further studies.