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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP5, Apache, and MySQL Web Development (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Elizabeth Naramore, Jason Gerner, Yann Le Scouarnec, Jeremy Stolz, Michael K. Glass
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for Me

I initially bought this book because it was the only book in the store that delved right in and immediatly began giving tools to use in a website. Most other books, at the time, seemed to acedemic with much to much theory. However, after reading the majority of this book, I realized that I really didn't learn much of anything. The book spits out large chunks of code and tries to explain parts of it but it doesn't explain other areas that I guess the authors just expect you to figure out on your own.

While this book did give me some basic tools and some decent code (the code is actually very good in this book), I didn't learn enough through out the book to really expand on it.

I returned this book, purchased "PHP and MYSQL Web Development(THIRD EDITION)" by Luke Welling/Laura Thomson, and havn't looked back. I guess, for me, a book that takes a slightly more acedemic approach isn't all bad after all.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Digital Photography (How to Do Everything)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: David Huss
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Well written for the absolute beginner

I thought this book was very well written and very easy to read, but it is for the absolute beginner. If you know how to use your camera to take photos in differnt lighting situations (you know when to use your flash) then i think you would find that you are abit beyond this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 Application Development : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jeanette Stallons
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not Advanced but does cover basics for app dev

As the others had mentioned, I felt a little mislead when purchansing this book. From the very beggining the book assumes you know very little AS. Also no PHP yet a couple of .NET and a whole lot more CFM and JSP examples where available. Apart from that it does cover topics which you will run into for certification.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear and complete

This is easily the most accessible Java introductory text around. The author goes through numerous examples for each topic and shows the why as well as the how, so that in the end the reader comes away with a more solid understanding. Each chapter contains exercises worth doing to become more comfortable with the code and the thinking behind the code. A lot of books today don't bother with exercises, and it's a nice addition to the text. The code included is simple, but adequate for its purpose, and it all works, unlike that in books from many other "experts" out there. If you are looking for the best book to get you started in Java, this is it.