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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
bad book

hard to read.too much large.imposible to finish the book, and to learn nothing with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Objects First With Java : A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Barnes, Michael Kolling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This text extends the Java paradigm like no other !

This text is so refreshing. It is presented using a more contemporaryapproach than any other text on the market. (Believe me I have seen a lot of them) because its presentation is pure concept without overburdening one with unnecessary details.
Concepts are only introduced at a level necessary to understand thetask at hand and revisited later in different contexts to deepen one's understanding. Project programs are relevant and many issues can be learned from reading the source code. The authors have students designing parts of programs from the first chapter. If you want to be a professional programmer or a software engineer this book is for you !
The text is in tutorial style using the BlueJ IDE. The BlueJ IDE is so visual and displays a UML like diagram representing classes and relationships in the program projects. By using the BlueJ IDE (included on the CD along with all the coding) one can "feel" what it means to create an object, call a method, or pass a parameter. One of the authors is a developer of the BlueJ IDE.
One is taught how to structure a vaguely described problem into classes and methods. The text even includes a complete case study where alltopics discussed earlier are revisited ...from application design throughdesign of class interfaces, to discussing many important functionaland non-functional characteristics and implementation details. You will see reliability, data structures, class design, testing andextensibility applied in a new context.
Do all the exercises conscientiously and you will discover what I am discovering......this textbook is worth its weight in gold. Enjoy !

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Security with OpenSSL
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: John Viega, Matt Messier, Pravir Chandra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

OpenSSL is a terrific programming resource, but the online documentation on itis hard to understand and index. This book brings most of it all together, andprovides enough examples to answer most of your questions.
One thing that it lacks is tie-ins with Java; most of its examples are in Perl and Python. I'm currently trying to see if certain ideas can be implemented in Java.
A great book, and great read!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
not good for expert programmers

If you know C++ or Java well, then this book will be annoyingly slow and boring for the first third of the book. The treatment of the C# language is for the novice programmer and does not cover the detail of the language (so no use as a C# lang ref). If you don't know what inheritance and polymorphism mean then this is the book for you otherwise look elsewhere.