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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect Swing Book


This Book is not an introductory book, but for serious JAVA Developers who wants to know all about Swing features. It gives complete information about Swing's UI, the JComponent class, diff between lightweight and heavyweight component, Look and Feel features etc.... I would definetly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn everything about SWING. However this book requires some knowlegde of AWT, but this is not a must.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Julie C. Meloni
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Almost everything you need to get started with PHP


Before reading this book I had plenty of experience with HTML and had studied SQL and C in school (but hadn't used it for ages). I found this book gave me everything I needed to get started. I did find some mistakes in the examples but they were minor and obvious. If you have any prior experience with programming you should be fine going through this book. If you already know PHP but want to know more about Apache or MySQL there are probably better books out there. I also had a little bit of difficulty getting the installation right but once i had it right I was away and now I am programming database driven sites with ease. All thanks to SAMS.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Robert Reinhardt, Joey Lott, Robert Reinhardt, Joey Lott
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good but not the best


I have to say, this book is very comprehensive but if you already own the Flash MX actionsript bible, then this might not be worth your while since it is so similar. Except for the code being updated to Actionscript 2.0's format (whcih really isnt too much of a difference), I didn't find too many new things.
If you're new to actionscript, DONT GET THIS BOOK!!! This book is definitely not a first-stepper for any non-programmer, it is more like a 2nd book you'll want to get your hands on after you've taken your first steps in actionscript. After reading this book, you'll get a full thorough view of all the capabilities of actionscript, but it'll take perhaps half a year of doing projects in actionscript before you'll really appreciate the amount of info this book has. Oh, but the downside is, if you just take your time to read the help within Flash MX 2004, you'll pretty much get just as much detailed info about all the methods and stuff. But some people prefer to have a book in hand while others don't mind reading on screen... I'd say this is a good rference book, but dont expect it to teach you to code, more like expect it to help you grasp actionscript's power better and more...er..fully.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Linux Works
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Brian Ward
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Introduction to the Linux World


I didn't know about this book until it showed up on my doorstep courtesy of the great folks at the O'Reilly LUG program. But I was interested in it from the moment I opened the box.

It's a basic guide to general Linux. It's new, fun and the author does a nice job of covering the basics. He doesn't dwell on any one distro, but covers all sorts of commands, issues, and questions that a lot of people who are switching to linux might have. He goes over basics of Networking, Printing, and touches upon more advanced options in linux. I was especially pleased with the referencing he did, if you want to know more about a subject he recommends a book to check out! Very nice.

I sat down on a Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday night I had read my way through it. Even as an experienced Linux user I was interested and picked up a few tidbits from this book that I didn't know about. Although it's aimed at the new user, it was fun and interesting for me to read.

I'd definately recommend this book to people wanting to get into the Linux world.