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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Better, Faster, Lighter Java
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bruce A. Tate, Justin Gehtland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Free yourself from EJB woes

This book seems to be an equal mix of pragmatic preaching and technical examples. The book makes sense, and if you're a person who thinks that J2EE applications are bloated, slow, and hard to maintain, then you'll love this book. Keep an open mind and take in what the authors are presenting.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book really deserves two ratings...

As is probably obvious from the sharply divided ratings, this book doesn't appeal to everybody. For me, it deserves the full five stars. This was the *only* textbook I kept from college. My leanings are more toward the theoretical, and I'm more interested in conceptual books (like the GOF patterns book) than implementation books (like, say, K&R). I think that this is a reasonable guideline for evaluating whether or not this book is worth reading... So, I give this book five stars in terms of a theoretically oriented read, and maybe two stars in terms of a practically oriented read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good enough if you have experience

just got my network+ today. I used this book and some practice exams that i bought online. mostly I would say that if you know the topologies and media/connectors and TCP/IP suite, ports and all, then you will be ok. for the real test the part that could trip you up is the network support stuff that can be a bit confusing but as long as you have the other stuff down you'll be ok and that is basically what is in this book - the other stuff.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 Developer's Handbook Volume 1: Desktop Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gilbert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitive Resource for Microsoft Access And VBA Developers

The Access 2000 Developers Handbook is an essential resource for developing quality applications in Microsoft Access. It is the fourth book in the series, with equivalents written for each version of Access starting with Version 2.0, and all of them sit right next to each other on my bookshelf. The code included with the book's companion CD is worth the cover price alone! Although the book specifically targets Microsoft Access, it easily ports to Visual Basic and Active Server Pages applications.
The book contains thousands of lines of highly portable, usable and bug free code. The code included is more than just sample code; it is highly optimized, fully functional and rapidly incorporated into your project. Some outstanding examples include popup calendar and calculator controls, a Text File class which makes it simple to read, write and manipulate text files, form scaling code, Common File Dialog and Office File Open/Close Dialog wrappers, excellent automation samples including manipulating Outlook to generate time reports, and Word to print an invoice. Many of the code samples literally paste straight into the Visual Basic development environment with no modification, and have worked bug free in my applications for quite some time. Additionally, where appropriate, all code included with the Access 2000 Developers Handbook has been incorporated into class modules, which further makes it simple to incorporate into your projects.
The book also has some of the best information about relational database design, SQL syntax and, much more. Microsoft Access encompasses many new technologies, and this book does the best job of providing a navigational guide through them to enable its readers to become high quality, proficient developers. Access Developers can find work developing applications without reading this book, but it isn't a good idea!
If you buy only one book for Access 2000, the Access 2000 Developers Handbook should be the one.