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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My favorite programming book.


This is the only book I have read that thoroughly discusses programming at the _statement_ level. Steve spends the obligatory time on methodology and testing, but the real value of this book is its discussion of cohesion, coupling, and code tuning. Examples are in C, Pascal, Ada, Basic, etc., but the lessons are language independant. I rarely give 5 stars, but this is my very favorite. If you are a programmer, you will find something (probably a lot) that will improve your code.



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: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Obsolete Technologies


Wanting to learn servlet programming, I bought this book, but had to return it for a refund. This book is based on the older technologies. Why are they still selling this book? To be honest I don't know how many stars I should give this book, so I just put 3.



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
Pay attention people


This (the 2nd edition) DOES cover 2.2. If your going to complain about a book not covering a specific API version, PLEASE refer to the correct edition of the book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The GRE Test for Dummies, Fifth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Suzee Vlk
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Fun, but not helpful in real test!


I read it with great joy and fun, but the strategies the author provides cannot be that applicable to the real test because the major strategies in this book are pretty old. The code of modern CBT GRE is not that simply broken. Of course, it is true that first five (I think the first ten at least) questions are extremely important. But trust me! Do not rely only on the first five questions because ETS conders the most how many questions the test takers answer correctly. You can enjoy this book. But if you prepare GRE only with this book, I am sure that you will be greatly abashed. Math is good, but GRE math is getting complicated. For math, it would be better to review the Math section ETS freely provides through its website.