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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Servlet/JSP book out there!

Marty Hall has a way of writing that makes materials very easy to understand. I'm actually applying alot of his code samples in my current web application. The book first explains key topics and follows up with very practical examples. The book isn't over bloated with text, but just the right amount to help you grasp the concept. Definitely a must have book whether you're new to servlets/jsp or just want to review.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Adobe® Acrobat® 6.0 (Windows)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Doug Sahlin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Well, it tells ALMOST everything...

Not bad. Certainly contains a lot of information. It didn't help me figure out how to prevent photo quality loss when sending a file to a print shop (well, it told me why it happened but it didn't tell me exactly how to fix it). However... there are lots of neat tricks and tips for other Acrobat uses. It explained all the options in Distiller and that was helpful. I think we'll get use out of the book at our office... but I'm a little disappointed. It was probably worth the money though.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Intrusion Detection (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Judy Novak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Network Intrusion Detection is rare among technical books - it's comprehensive, accurate, interesting, and intelligent; it's got none of the "filler" chapters which seem to be prevalent in the genre. It's well worth the relatively small investment of time and money required to read and understand it.
The author has "been there, done that" which gives him a perspective unavailable to professional technical authors who write about Java one month, CORBA the next, will be assigned a firewall book next.
This book will be useful to people responsible for intrusion detection, people who manage them, and to people who need to understand attack techniques and the forensic tools needed to detect and document them. Highly recommended; it's in the same class as Cheswick & Bellovin's classic _Firewalls and Internet Security_.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best for beginners

The very first lesson produces great results. The author has written a very easy to understand book. It gets down to basics right away and clears up the mystery of how to produce clean, readable pages. I am amazed at how easy it is to do well by following the simple instructions. With the author's methods, anyone can produce professional work that will keep the reader interested. Besides the wonderful style, the writer uses subtle humor to push important points.