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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Complete BS

Jason Hunter has an excellent writing style that really helped me understand what servlets are and how they work. The information is presented in a way that I can work with for developing solutions quickly. I especially like the say Jason Hunter de-mystifies this particular Web technology. Great job! Hope to see another way on EJB or XML soon!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: I Can't Believe I'm Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Authors: Evan Marc Katz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for internet romeos...

This book is a Godsend. I had been online dating the past year or so and though I've met a few people, I haven't been able click with that special someone. Then I read about this book in Time magazine and decided to give it a try. What I got was a highly informative and knowledgeable book written in a wry, humorous style that actually got me excited about the whole online dating experience again. You actually get the impression that Katz has been in the trenches before and knows exactly what he is talking about. Some of his sections are so hilarious that I had to stop because I was laughing so hard while nodding my head in total agreement. By taking some of Katz's suggestions to heart, I've managed to attract some pretty interesting women. For instance, by creating a noticeable headline, a detailed profile, and adding a couple of pictures that show all sides of your personality, my responses have doubled than what it was before. This book is a must-have for beginners and more experienced online daters.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Seth Godin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Back to the basics...

I love Seth Godin and his book "permission marketing", but "The big Red Fez" were a big disappointment. I guess that for a newbie that never had spend any time considering what is good design or participating in a discussion about design and usability this book can be a bit inspiring - for anyone else with a bit more experience in webdesign it states the very obvious without adding anything new to the discussion.
The Adobe Ebook format S.... <cencuret>, which Godin do know (and comment on)One star for the content, another star for good writing style, Godin do come across crystal clear and entertaining

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Recommended for the beach

The business advice was banal; but it's easy and generally fun to read. At the same time I agree with a reviewer who said it's a poor source of recipies but it does subtly, eventually, stimulate you to think. Just 164 pages in a large typeface, most of it being anecdotes. Bring it to the beach.
Andy Grove is very into winning for its own sake. For example when listing various kinds of loss that can occur when a company goes into difficult straits (p. 124) he concludes with "perhaps the most wrenching, the loss of being affiliated with a winner." As an engineer, I was hoping to see a glimmer of joy in semiconductor products and technologies from the chairman of Intel, and didn't see it. The joy is all in being one step ahead of the competition.