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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Nice coverage

This title provided a good coverage of Servlets and JSPs. Nice practical code examples and real world situations. This book is good in that it tries to integrate the two topics when most authors ignore the fact they should always be used as a pair. My only gripe is that they do only provide a few chapters to integrating the two technologies.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Alan Cooper, Robert M. Reimann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredible Book

It seems that most reviews on this book are from software developers, which is why they are so negative. I manage a web development company that concentrates on easy to use websites. From my perspective the ideas and methods are by far the best out there.
His main point is that software developers should not create the interfaces we use. This is an important statement that many people need to understand. The software engineer can't design an interface when he/she has no interaction with the users. Even further, it takes a different mindset to create an interface than it does to code.
You can't blame the author for setting things straight. What you can do is maybe blame the books stores for putting it in the wrong section. It looks as though too many developers are reading this book for insight.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office 2003 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Online Training Solutions Inc., Curtis Frye, Inc., Online Training Solutions, Curtis Frye
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a lookup book for people in a hurry

I feel I was misled when I purchased this book (or maybe I was half asleep and didn't read the book description carefully enough). "Microsoft Office 2003 Step by Step" is a tutorial. It covers all the Office programs, but it does so with the idea that you can learn the programs best by getting hands-on instructions for using them. You won't find much commentary, much advice, or many tips or tricks. You will find a CD with raw data and a number of step-by-step lessons to help you gain experience with the Office programs.

If you have time to load the sample data from the companion CD and, when you need to know how to complete a task, pick your way through a step-by-step lesson, this book is for you. But if you're in a hurry and you just want to get the information quicky, try a reference book instead.

This book is not for people who, say, are at work and have to get the thing done before five o'clock. It's aimed at readers who want to learn Office programs from the ground up and have the time to do that.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book

This book just seemed to make more sense to me than so many of the others.