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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Indespensible


This book is an excellent resource for understanding Cascading Style Sheets. The writing style is amazingly readable, which is a stark contrast to the usual dull specifications found in online CSS references.
The author shares his detailed understanding of all the quirks of CSS1, and does a good job looking ahead to CSS2. Even if the reader doesn't follow every particular of every item, it's nice to have a feel for the programmers intention. I feel as if I have an even better grasp of whole concept of "cascading."
Even though it's a CSS version behind, this book is outstandingly usable for the HTML-familiar web designer who wants to streamline and update to cutting edge code. Personal web page owners would benefit greatly.
The only significant drawback to this book is that the book is printed entirely in black and white, which means that all examples are shown in grayscale, not in color. And this lack of color tends to undermine the in-color code examples. You have to use your imagination (or your own computer) to try out the CSS code to see what it really does on your color monitor.
With the exception of this limitation, I strongly recommend this book as a CSS learning tool and reference.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A wealth of knowledge in 57 insights


In the preface Mr. Bloch tells us he's been employed by Sun since 1996 as a 'platform libraries architect' and luckily for us he's taken the time to clearly and concisely condense what he's learned about the language into 57 items or guidelines that will lead us into building well designed and effective Java applications.
Have you ever wondered whether you should use an abstract class or an interface? Use a static member class or a non-static class? How to implement, in Java, the equivalent of C's enum construct? Provide overloaded methods for every possible situation or just the bare minimum? Use native methods? Limit the number of synchronized methods to improve performance? Wonder no more! 'Effective Java' reveals the strengths and weaknesses inherent in various approaches to designing classes, interfaces, methods and multi-threaded applications; revealing which idioms work and which are to be approached cautiously.
I picked this book up two weeks ago and can safely say I learned more about the Java language in three days reading than I did in three months of study! An excellent book and a welcome addition to my Java library.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A wealth of knowledge in 57 insights


In the preface Mr. Bloch tells us he's been employed by Sun since 1996 as a 'platform libraries architect' and luckily for us he's taken the time to clearly and concisely condense what he's learned about the language into 57 items or guidelines that will lead us into building well designed and effective Java applications.
Have you ever wondered whether you should use an abstract class or an interface? Use a static member class or a non-static class? How to implement, in Java, the equivalent of C's enum construct? Provide overloaded methods for every possible situation or just the bare minimum? Use native methods? Limit the number of synchronized methods to improve performance? Wonder no more! 'Effective Java' reveals the strengths and weaknesses inherent in various approaches to designing classes, interfaces, methods and multi-threaded applications; revealing which idioms work and which are to be approached cautiously.
I picked this book up two weeks ago and can safely say I learned more about the Java language in three days reading than I did in three months of study! An excellent book and a welcome addition to my Java library.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i RMAN Backup & Recovery
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert G. Freeman, Matthew Hart
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Straight to the point .. good book


Really good intro to RMAN. Works well read in sequence, but if you aren't convinced, I recommend checking out pg. 232 which puts everything together (titled "RMAN Workshop: Get Your Database Backed Up"). I also like the little jokes here and there that keep you awake and smiling...