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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Maya 6 Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric Hanson, Kenneth Ibrahim, Alex Nijmeh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Murderous, rampaging, maiming, Killer Tips.


I just recieved this book and I've already learned 10 new things, and I've only read 10 pages. If the bible was this concise I know I'd be a better person. I would however not recommend this book to begginners - who should be looking for instruction manuals, not 'Tips'.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wireless Java: Developing with J2ME, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jonathan Knudsen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Underwhelming


Like many programming authors with not much to say, Knudsen pads his book with entire programs. Better books elide out all but the relevant fragments, but poor books include the whole program to flesh out their page count. This is really a 100-page book in disguise.

To give you an idea of what level the author is targetting, on page 155 he helpfully explains, "You are probably familiar with the try-catch blocks... The finally clause is not as well known, but it is very useful."

If you already know what a finally clause is, you probably won't be well-served by this book. If you don't, then please buy my copy: I won't be needing it.



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
Excellent first course


If you are a programmer looking for your first book of Java, look no further. I quickly went through the entire book and then started working on servlets (using the O'Reilly book). Only then I realised how valuable this book actually is. This book gives you a very good base on which you can build your specialization. True, it does not really cover Swing, it does not matter to me, as I specilize in servlets and JDBC.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CSS Anthology101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Rachel Andrew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
True to every word of its title


True to every word of its title, the book is a treasure trove for all using or contemplating using CSS. The writing style of the book adjusts itself very nicely to the varying needs of the reader that may be at different levels of engagement with CSS. Beginners will find immense value in experiences the author shares working with a specific problem while the advanced users will find suggested work-around and tips very helpful.

Layout of the book though stated as problem statements or questions, covers all aspects one needs to know in relation to the CSS application in context. Each question is followed by a "solution" and a "discussion" section. While the "solution" provides a quick answer to your problem, the "discussion" section provides all the basics one needs to know in relation to the CSS application being discussed. Author's note that appears as a "note" or a "tip" is reflective of her wide practical experience, offering value that is only gained through experience.

CSS topics have been sufficiently covered providing just right information and working examples. There is also a good introduction on some practices in relation to cross-browser testing. Advanced topics like CSS positioning and layout are presented in an easy to follow tasks. There is no doubt in my mind that some of the sections can also provide good insights in what all is possible with CSS. In summary this is a highly recommended desktop reference if you work with or are contemplating using CSS.