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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
Incredibly helpful!


Before I stepped into Eric Meyer's world of CSS, I had no idea what I could do with style sheets or the extent to which I could manipulate web pages so easily and so universally. I am extremely impressed with the writing style and the clarity with which everything is explained. Great job!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object Thinking (DV-Microsoft Professional)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David West
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superbly written, profound content


The criticisms of this book using big words are unfounded. OOAD is a complex idea (after you read this book, this will become crystal clear if it isn't already) and therefore needs and incorporates a robust vocabulary to articulate complex processes and ideas. If you are put off by big words, you will not be able to read about science, philosophy, mathematics or programming, all of whose ideas, by the way, are juxtaposed in Object Thinking.
As well, to say this book is "deeply slanted" and that the author "foams at the mouth" reagarding current programming practices is to completely disavow oneself from reality. Take a quick and simple peek and the current state of software design/projects/programs. See anything amiss? How about cost overruns, and projects that either get shelved halfway through, or take 5 times as long to build as planned. Mr. West simply says that true OO is rarely practiced, that there is a better method, and here it is. If anyone has any credible evidence that XP/Agile programming is the same or worse than traditional OO or structured programming practices, be sure to write your own book on it. It will go along ways to disproving theories that Dave West and others put forth.
For those who are open to expanding their current views about programming, get this book. Dave West is, at the least, a gifted writer whose book content is profound, and is a must for any serious computer programmer. I thought I knew what OO programing was; I was wrong. It has nothing to do with, at its deepest (and true)level, programming or computers. It has everything to with the human condition and how we perceive and process the world around us.
This is a must-have book for anyone who aspires to be, or already is, an OO progammer. Superbly written, with profound content.
This is a no-brainer: buy it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent analysis of EJB


I've reviewed three EJB books, and this one is my favorite. Richard's writing is concise and very readable. He presents very complex concepts in a very digestable fashion. The example application used throught the book provides excellent insight into the best practices for design and development of EJB-based applications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Nuts and bolts of .NEt


Since the launch of .NET the market has been flooded with .NEt books by wannabes. This is essentially because of the relative simplicity of the platform over the DNA architecture. But none taught you the basics they only skimmed past showing you How-tos. This is the only one that delves deep into .NET. Mind it never teaches you .NEt. If you are a absolute fresher stay away. If you had been coding for a while and asking yourself the 'Whys' and 'Hows' well Jeff has all the answers for you in this relatively easy going lucid coverage. His explanation of delegates and events and the Garbage collection is mind blowing. None, I repeat none has taken the pain Jeff had to bring .NET to your backdoors. An absolutely fascinating book ever written on .NET