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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good, but...

Be careful about using the source code for this book. Mr. Eckel honestly warns readers (p. 17) that he "makes no representation about the suitability of this software for any purpose" and shall not be made liable for all kinds of damages, even if he has "been advised of the possibility of such damages." In other words, the code is not guaranteed to work. (Of course, this is habitual legal staff, but...)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn to walk before run

This is a great book for any of you who would like to learn more about COM. This book does not introduce you to advanced COM subjects, but that was not the authors intention. After reading this book you will gain a firm understanding of COM fundemenatals which will enable you to further your knowledge in more advanced topics in COM. After this book I would suggest reading Beginning ATL COM by Wrox Publishing. As someone new to COM development I read other more advanced books before purchasing this one. Don't make the mistake I did - get this book first.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Julie C. Meloni
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
verbose and inadequate

This book was exasperating to use. It described easy topics at length while leaving important details murky or omitted altogether. Many commmands and structures are described out of context, leaving you with little idea of *why* a person might use a particular form. It doesn't try to put the ideas together into a unified application until the end. Much better is _PHP and MySQL Web Development_ by Welling and Thomson, which introduces concepts in the context of building an e-commerce site. Even though it is longer than the SAMS book, the writing is tighter, more concise, better organized, and generally much easier to understand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Here's why so many readers are upset

This book is ideal for those who have a passing curiosity about Javascipt, but it is defininately NOT a reference manual. Not a bad investment for the weekend web doodler who is intimidated by learning new computer languages. This book isn't designed to TEACH much about Javascript; it takes a "monkey see, monkey do" approach. Not a book for serious programmers.