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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't think twice about getting this book

In my opinion this is the best Java book for beginners out there. The material is easy to understand and chronologically divided. Each chapter is full of excellent samples (that actually work.) You will learn concepts of OOP and how Java fits in it. Bruce explains object, class, inheritance, polymorphism, etc, and everything is followed by great examples.Bruce was right on target by making an electronic version of the book available for free download. That way he has gathered enormous feedback before even publishing the book. Check his website for other interesting books, free downloads and seminars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You're a pro, now act like one!

If you're thinking of purchasing this book, your likely a seasoned veteran in web design. However, it is also likely that you're going to learn some new tricks and make the world (wide-web) a better place in the meantime. I highly recommend this book because you're not as good as you think you are.
I read this book in a few days, cover-to-cover. It's a quick read because it's not full o' fluff. Save the rest of us and read this, quick!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
strives to be a definitive text on C++

[A review of the 4th EDITION 2005]

This is perhaps one of the most distinguished of the numerous books on C++. Its authors have a long involvement with the development and teaching of the language. The book presents itself as a definitive text on C++, much like Kernighan and Ritchie's C manual is for C. So it teaches exhaustively on the attributes of C++ and also on what you can do at the preprocessor and compiler level.

The presentation style seems to echo K&R and is roughly at about the same level of difficulty, in terms of how concepts and syntax are explained. No flashy multihued graphics in the book. The authors have eschewed these in favour of a few schematics to illustrate key ideas like pointers, where you really do need some diagrams.

As a very useful aid, they have included many exercises, sprinkled through each chapter. Some exercises are rather simple. Which is perhaps deliberate; to give you confidence in items you can easily tackle.

Not having seen an earlier edition, I am unsure how substantive the differences between this text and its predecessors really is. C++ has been pretty stable for several years. Unlike still changing languages like Java and C#. So if you have an earlier edition of the book, you may not necessarily need to upgrade to this edition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Windows XP Professional
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Book For Beginers and more Advanced People

This book helped me get a jump-start on Windows Xp. It starts off by covering the basics such as opening files and browsing your drive. More than 50 quick tips start the book off and then it goes on to a more in-depth explanation chapter by chapter. So deep that I think it could be used as a textbook to teach people Windows XP.