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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Semantic Web : A Guide to the Future of XML, Web Services, and Knowledge Management
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Michael C. Daconta, Leo J. Obrst, Kevin T. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Makes Semantic Technologies Understandable


This book is well written and comprehensive. It clearly explains highly complex subject matter. I refer to it constantly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book for EJB


I just finished reading this book today. As a member of the EJB community and an author myself, I can confidently say that Richard has done a superb job on this book. My favorite parts are when he goes into how stubs/skeletons work in chapter 1, his section on design strategies, and his accompanying web site. I commend Richard for his great work, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in quickly ramping up on how EJB really works.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Smashing, great, super, shite.


I found this book to be of the most immense help in writing my final, end-of-degree, report. The styles of programming are excellent in their thought provoking evaluation of robust programming idioms. I would disagree with some of the others who have submitted reviews. This book is not intended to be an adjunct to the "learning" series of books that Scott has produced, more like where you should be taking the language once you have mastered the basics (and maybe the middles). My only criticism is not really of the book, but my own inexperience meant I did not fully understand the implications of some of the issues he describes. My frustration at this is why there is "shite" in the summary. This is something I hope I will correct by employing the techniques described as much as possible and would heartily recommend others to do the same!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cryptography Decrypted
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: H. X. Mel, Doris M. Baker, Steve Burnett
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Glad I did not buy it


It was the cryptography book at a course I am attending. I got the impression the authors just liked 'listening' to themselves.

The instructor basically did not like the book either, but it was dictated by his higher ups.

Sorry, but I would not pay for this book.