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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Design Patterns Explained : A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design (2nd Edition) (Software Patterns Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alan Shalloway, James Trott
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book between theory and practice


A useful book on pattern based development. It is a bridge between the definitive and (not quite accessable) Gang of Four book and the (very accessable ) Head First Patterns. The previous titles are great on theory but not very good on practical applications. Design Patterns Explained covers the use of patterns as applied to real world problems like an e-commerce system. The examples are relevant and the books purpose is to teach. Each chapter has questions and exercises designed to make you think.

It is a useful book that balances the other titles on the shelves. It has served me well when I needed a semi realistic and current exmaple of a pattern in use.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great book, buy it!


i am an experienced c++ programmer, but i knew nothing about html. a friend recommended the book. after reading it i can say this is a great book for learning html. it's clear, concise, and no fluff. read it cover to cover and you should be able to produce first-class web sites. it doesn't cover EVERYTHING you need to know about html, but it's a great spring board from which to start. bottom line: if you want to learn html, then buy this book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Spoonfed information


This book imparts a good deal of interesting information clearly and concisely. It focuses on the technical side of the development of the Internet and stops short of describing the creation of the protocols and policy. Its main shortcoming is that it sticks so much to description that it lacks thoughtful insight. Additionally, the portrayal of the characters is flat and shallow.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute OpenBSD: UNIX for the Practical Paranoid
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Michael W. Lucas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent OpenBSD book, well written and an easy read


If you know anything about Unix/Linux then you will love this book. I have found it hard to put this book down and would recomend it to anyone looking to move/use OpenBSD. This book is written for those who are probably new to BSD OS's and have some Linux/Unix experience. I would say that someone new to the *nix enviroment will learn a great deal from this book as well, but having some background will help greatly. A must read from cover to cover. I even read the Intro and I never do that. Cheers to the author and thank you for all the help. "Newbies please read before you post"