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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
Excellent book for both Servlets and Java coding in general


As somebody who has been looking for a good book for learning Java, Servlets, and JSP, I have to say that this is far superior to many others that I've tried and gotten frustrated with. It's written in an easy-to-read, not-so-dry style that I really enjoy, and it's got plenty of great examples (which are a REQUIREMENT for me) that not only illustrate concepts, but are useful in their own right. And one thing that I totally appreciate is that Marty puts his email address right in the book, and is very responsive to issues or problems. I wish every computer book author would be like this. Five stars - highly recommended!!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Objects First With Java : A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Barnes, Michael Kolling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely the best way for a beginner to learn OOP.


Simply put, "Objects First" and BlueJ make learning painless and fun. The book is well written and is truly an excellent choice for beginners.



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


This is the type of servlet reference I have been trying to get a hold of for a long time and it is easy to by books that don't really have the type of content you are looking for. I write servlets on a daily basis as part of my job and most of the time,I need just enough reference to get me going in the right direction. This is an excellent resource to have and most of all, it pretty good reading and will get you started on e-commerce type servlet application development. Yep - this is another excellent OReilly book. Good job Jason Hunt.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of System and Network Administration
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christine Hogan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have for any sysadmin, regardless of skill level


As a UNIX sysadmin veteran, I wish this book had been around when I started out. It would have saved so many headaches as I "learned the hard way."
Though not a nitty gritty technical book, this one is a must have for every sysadmin, regardless of skill level or the technology s/he uses. For the novice admin, it offers a good big picture look at the most important "whys" of system administration. For the intermediate admin, it has great advice on how to balance fire fighting with project work that will lessen the need for the fire fighting. For the senior admin, there are gems of design wisdom and sections on how to deal with being in a managerial or team leader role. Because it's more high level, this book is even a good buy for people who manage sysadmins but are not themselves technical.
The chapters are conveniently split into the "basics" and the "icing," depending on the skill of the reader and the state of the reader's work environment. The authors back up their sound advice with real world case studies and personal experiences. Best of all, not only was it a good read cover to cover, it's organized so that the reader can come back to it as a reference later.
Kudos to Tom and Christine for writing an excellent book, one which I will certainly be recommending to my clients and colleagues!