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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Book, but not what i expected

This book is a book that can be described as "good." I will let you decide whether that is good or not. This book provides people with little knowledge of HTML a basic reference. It is usually off topic(talking about the web in general, not just HTML) and usually that would be good but they talk about the web so much that the subject of HTML is not fully covered.
Another bad point is that these people really do think that you are stupid. After reading about HTML off the internet I knew more than book teaches you. I went out and bought HTMLGoodies and learned much more, much easier. Another bad thing is that the authors think that they are funny(and they're not!) They write things and then the put a joke, usually in parentheses with an exclamation point after it.(haha!)<-- Just like that
Overall this book does not cover the topic fully and doesn't ever stay to the point. Dummies books have grown so popular that the authors begin to think that they are legends and anything that they write we will eat up. This is not the case and if they could see it from a normal person's perspective then they could realize that they are not fit to be authors.
I would not recommend this book to anyone because better books are out there. Try HTMLGoodies :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Takes you right from the first step

This book takes you right from the beginning to the understanding level.One can enhance his java skills after going thru this book.A must for every new Java learner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java : An Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Walter Savitch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely The Best Introduction To Java

This book was written by someone who truly knows how to teach and not merely transmit knowledge from brain to paper. His treatment of object oriented programming concepts in chapters 4 and 5 is FLAWLESS. No other author does such a thorough job (this includes Deitel, Horton, Schildt, Cadenhead, etc) and I speak as the owner of these (and other texts). Let this book be your first stop towards obtaining the Sun Java Programmer and Developer Certifications as well as IBM's Websphere Certifications. But don't forget to purchase the Java Language Specification as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dan The Man...gives it to you straight.

Whether you like it or not VB.net IS the future. Yeah, it might not happen overnight but it's gonna happen, and if you rely on VB for your living then you need to learn it. That's what I'm doing now. How am I doing it? By studying Dan Applemans new book 'Moving to VB.Net...'. This is a truly excellent book that EVERYONE will get benefit from. It's so intelligently and intuitively laid out which makes it a very refreshing read for a technical book.
I reckon that the marketing guys in Microsoft must have a big picture of Dan on their office wall that they throw poisoned darts at! He holds no punches and really gives it to you straight...blowing all their hype.
Other than Dan's 'guru' status in VB circles he has another gift, namely his writing sytle. He has the ability to break down complex technology and make it very simple to understand (that's pretty useful to someone like me!). And this is exactly what he's done in this book, providing supporting material around a concept that makes it very easy to fully grasp what's going on.
So if you want to protect your future income then I suggest you get a copy of .Net Beta 2 and buy this book - it'll be the best investment you've ever made!