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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great XML Starter Book

Having learned HTML and knowing that that could only take me so far in the business world I've decided to set my sites on XML. I now have no doubt in my mind that this will become the new standard.
Although I am not yet through with the book I definitely have gotten a good understanding of the language. This is the first book I've ever read from the "Visual Quick Start" series. I now know where to turn if I want to get going on something fast.
This book won't make you a master at XML, but if you want a simple approach to an up and coming language, take a look.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fun Book

I'll make this short Andy's done it again. Fun way to learn the secrets of windows xp.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good information, but out of date.

I like this book and believe that the information in it is critical knowledge that every programmer should have, and that there may not be a better book available for these kinds of core programming techniques and principles. I especially liked the section at the beginning that discusses the true nature of good programming (using the metaphor "Software Construction"), the principles of Team Programming, and the cost of discovering errors in design and coding too late.
Having said this, I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 for several reasons.
First, the book is outdated. It uses examples from languages such as Fortran and Basic to make its points, languages which are not in widespread use anymore. It brings up the GOTO argument, an old argument made irrelevant by most programming languages today. It discusses Object Oriented programming from a viewpoint that it is still in its infancy.
Second, I disagree with some of the author's conclusions, among which is the code indentation techniques. The author claims that indentation is not required within structures such as loops, but I claim that without this indentation it is impossible to visually set off the loop code from the rest of the code.
Finally, I get the uneasy feeling that the person who needs this information most desperately (the neophyte programmer) might not understand the examples given without already being a pretty good programmer, and good programmers should already have a good grasp of the principles in this book.
Bottom line: If you are an experienced programmer (like I am), you can probably look beyond the outdated examples and the author's opinions, and extract some information from this book that will be useful to you.
If you are a beginning programmer I am not convinced that this book would be useful to you as an individual read. You might be better off using it as a supplement while you learn your programming language of choice.

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
Love this book

Its concise, it is just like other good Orielly books. This is a an excellent book