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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the Korn Shell (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Insufficient relevant examples, badly organized


I have owned this book since 1996 and I used it as my introduction to Korn shell programming. To the credit of the book, I was able to become very adept at Korn shell and I have written some amazing scripts. However, I must admit that some sections of this book are misleading, confusing and downright incomprehensible. It took many re-readings of some chapters before the author's lesson was brought to light. I would recommend this book as a Korn shell reference, but it is probably not the best place to start for a Korn shell beginner. I am finding this to be true for a lot of the books by O'Reilly & Associates.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wireless Java: Developing with J2ME, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jonathan Knudsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best J2ME book on the market


Two years ago, Jonathan Knudsen released the first edition of this book. At the time I said it was an "excellent book". Knudsen continues to keep his title of "Author of the best intro to J2ME book" with the release of the second edition of his book. About double in size and completely rewritten for the latest release of J2ME, Knudsen has once again written an excellent book.
The book is about writing MIDlets and the first three chapters are an introduction to the topic. Chapter four shows how to leverage your knowledge of J2SE into the MIDlet world, showing which language features of J2SE are available to the MIDlet author. The next few chapters discuss developing a user interface, using persistent storage, connecting to the internet, performance tuning, parsing XML, and securing information. New chapters demonstrating how to use the new game API and the new multimedia extensions have been added to the book.
As always, Knudsen's writing style is perfect. You won't find yourself re-reading paragraphs because the author's language was confusing or because he failed to explain a topic clearly. Each chapter is full of examples that help to make the topic under discussion more easily understood. If you are an intermediate to advanced Java programmer looking to learn how to make cell phones and PDAs learn some new tricks then this book is exactly what you want.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSA/MCSE/MCDBA: SQL Server 2000 Administration Study Guide, 2nd Edition (70-228)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Rick Sawtell, Lance Mortensen, Joseph Jordan, Joseph Jorden
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Explanations Incomplete


This book is very uninspired. The layout is pretty good, but I am finding lots of places where there are incomplete explanations which causes lots of wasted time. If you already know the product that wouldn't be bad, but then you wouldn't need this book. Look for a better baisc Admin book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great way to start


This book is great way to learn XML. It has lots of example and the author writes well.