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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book for your money's worth!

This book will give you almost every detail you need to understand the Java language first. That is, I believe, the key to success for this book. It does use programmer's point of view and makes it easy to understand the concepts. I have also used Simon Robert's book, that one is also good. But Mughal's book give you for your money's worth (if you also think about the exam fee).
You won't need any other books to go thru to see if you missed anything. Mughal makes it easy for you and covers all the topics that you may come across during the test.
Read it once or maybe twice. Make sure you go thru all the exercises. Then just relax and take the test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Great Web Typography
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Wendy Peck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More than just typography

Defintely one of the best web design books I've read in a while. My strengths lie in the coding side of web design, so I purchased this book to learn more about typography- as you would expect from the title. I am happy to say that I learned much, much more. You'll find lots of great typography, graphics, and page layout tips. Also, the author conducts some excellent interviews with other professional designers which lead to even more useful tips. Bottom line- a great value, and a must-buy for the beginning to intermidiate web developer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Try "Programming Applications for Microsoft Windows"

I believe "Programming Applications for Microsoft Windows" is the fourth edition to this book. The Microsoft Press summary for the new book says "This fully updated expansion of the bestselling ADVANCED WINDOWS digs even deeper into the advanced features..."
And after comparing the table of contents of the two books, I decided to buy "Programming Applications" instead of this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Deepak Alur, Dan Malks, John Crupi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Second Edition is much improved

I got my SCEA using the first edition and am now writing up an in-house course based on the second, so I'm seeing the updates in great detail. The authors put a lot of work into clarifying the examples, and it shows. They also added a few new patterns and "Design Notes" sidebars. Worth the price for J2EE mavens, even if you already have the first edition.