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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Threads, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Scott Oaks, Henry Wong
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good guide for getting started

I have both Doug Lea's "Concurrent Programming in Java" and Oaks and Wong's "Java Threads". Doug Lea's book is by far the most comprehensive. The book focuses strongly on applied uses of locking mechanisms and covers a great deal of the theoretical basis of monitor-based locking schemes. The book is not easy reading though -- it is extremely dense. It has applicability outside of the Java programming environment and I recommend it to you if you are interested in the theoretical side of concurrent programming. Oaks and Wong's book is far less academic. It is an extremely easy read. Notwithstanding the fact that it is 250 pages, it can easily be read (and understood) in an afternoon. Their approach is much more practical and focuses on Java's support for concurrent programming. If you need to dive into multi-thread programming in Java then I heartily recommend this book to you as it will get you started quicker than Doug Lea's book. If your interest is in concurrent programming in general or if you are using a different language, then Doug Lea's is probably the more suitable.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

What can you say about a book like that? It is the BOOK. A rigorous, but not boring, path through the bases of logics. Since the first time I read, almost twenty years ago, it had no way to gather dust on my bookshelf, you can always find the opportunity to peek some subjects from it.. The most vivid explanation of what a formal system is, and the first time I met the word "fractal". A strong and beautiful structure, connecting Western and Eastern philosophies, computer science and math, physics and complexity. The best example of how Science and Art can be seen as the same thing.

Product: Book -
Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Right On Steve White!

I will make this brief. Read what S. White has to say, and follow his instructions. The man knows what he is talking about! I am an experienced eBay buyer, but until now, never sold. I held an auction for a used item last week. Completed sales showed used $36. to $52.. New items sold for $103.. Mine (used) sold for $127.50! That says it all. I am auctioning another item this week. After 24 hrs., I have 4 bids and 10 watching. RST

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning XML, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Erik T. Ray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
get this along with another book.

This book straddles the fine line between "for developers", and "for executives" - it does the Jack of All Trades things well, it Masters none however.
If you're a developer: get this book, read it, and then after figuring out what XML-based tools you need, get another book that goes into more detail - you're not gonna find that in this book.
If you're an executive: get this book, and read the introductions to each chapter - the code is relatively easy to understand, but certainly unnecessary if you're looking for a definition what what things are in the *ML world