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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Software Development Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Boring and Obvious

This book touches on some nice topics but if fails to state anything more then the obvious for anyone that knows anything about OO and the unified process.

I kept reading from one chapter to the next wondering where the actual detailed content was going to start but it never did.

On top of that it is written in such a boring way that I had trouble staying awake on numerous occasions.

Whether you're new to Computer Science or OO or have been in the industry for a while (as I have), you can do much better than this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book

I usually approach O'Reilly books with extreme caution. They tend to be ponderous pieces of work that clobber the reader with too much detail without being helpful (or interesting). This book is a nice departure.
The book covers Java Servlet programming assuming you know Java and HTML (I wouldn't read this book unless you are very comfortable with both topics). It shows good examples of the basics of Java servlets and how they are used. The book's many examples are also short and sweet (for the most part). They deliver a concept without inundating the reader with pages of code. Pictures of the resulting HTML screen are used judiciously as well.
If you need to know the basics of servlets, read the first few chapters. If you need more details, Hunter provides them in the following chapters. He covers passing graphics, session tracking (an excellent chapter), some security, database connectivity (the basics of JDBC) and other odds and ends. The book is showing its age a little, but otherwise this book is a gem -- one of the few that gets everything right.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Peter Rob, Carlos M. Coronel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Book, unless you got the Interntional Edition!!

Great text book, but like all students I was looking for the cheapest price tag. I got the international edition for half the price, however, I discovered that it was missing pages, though the cover claims that it has the exact same content as US Edition. It is also missing a CD. The US Edition comes with 2 CD's including the SQL Server CD, which the international edition doesn't come with.
Unless you have a friend from whom you can copy the missing pages, hopefully if you discovered them early enough before an exam or homework, and the CD, you're better off paying the $120+ price tag for a US edition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Raina Hawley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent !!!

This is one of those rare books which provides value for all skill levels. I have been using Excel for over 10 years and am generally happy if I learn 3 or 4 new methods for using Excel from a particular book. There are numerous examples here of implementing Excel solutions that I have not seen or thought of previously. Further, these examples can be implemented by virtually any user of the product. The content is well-written and provides very good examples of the "hacks." BUY it even if you think you know everything there is to know about Excel.