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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Some minor problems in an otherwise decent book

I was going to wait to write my review until after I took the exam, but the book has already lost its chance for 5 stars due to one stupid detail I discovered this morning - a Java book whose accompanying CD requires *Windows*! Would it have been that hard to provide a -Java- program for the self-tests so that those of us using other systems could still make the most of the product? As you can see, this has me somewhat annoyed (I'd understand if it was a Windows book or even a C book, but the whole point of Java....)
That said, it wouldn't be fair to rate the entire book against this shortsightedness. The fact is that the book is very good, although it can be tiring to encounter the bad jokes and parenthesized comments sprinkled throughout. I guess some people find them funny, but I found them somewhat distracting. But I *do* appreciate the conversational tone of the writing itself, which makes it easier to engage with a subject that is somewhat dry -- you WILL learn the details of the language that you may have missed in other books. I feel very confident having completed this book, as it cemented a lot of the cracks in my understanding. As it says in the beginning, this book won't teach you to program in Java, but it will answer any questions you had about the Java programming language.
Also note that there are some errors in the book, including one or two (can't remember) in the end-of-chapter tests.
In summary, I do highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a little too harsh in previous review

I wrote a review of this book previously and I feel that I did not point out some really worthy aspects of this book. First of all, in contrast to the vast majority of Perl books out there (including "Learning Perl" by Randal Schwartz), this book covers Perl for both Windows and the Mac, not just Unix.
Secondly, the book does not hold itself out to be a complete Perl book. Instead, the author's stated goal is to provide a gentle introduction to Perl to get you to an intermediate level and the book definitely does do that.
In going through the typos of this book, I realize that most of the code typos are in the Regular Expressions section where errors are very easy to miss.
Finally, when I wrote my first review, the website for the book was not fully operational, but I visited the site again and it now appears to be working fine.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Ug this book ....

Well I heard that C# was supposed to be the new hot thing, so i decided to buy a few books about it.
But after reading 1/2 this book in a day I can tell you one thing, don't buy this book!
The first 1/2 of the book it just talks about the .net and gives hardly any code.
Finally on chapter five it starts talking about classes, interfaces and all that good stuff. But his examples are so short and dumb.
Finally on chapter 10 he talks about the expressions and operators and how to use the loops. To me it makes no sense why he started talking about OOP stuff before he covered the basics on how to do loops and expersions.
Finally at the end there is some other stuff that i haven't read yet ;-0.
But in general I thought his examples were crappy, and short. With the book there is a cd rom that contains all the files and examples he made, and it only adds up to about 1.2 megs!
The last programming book I bought was Programming Windows with MFC and the author had great examples.
My advice is to to find another book if you want to learn how to program c#

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy this book!

Mastering Enterprise Java Beans, Second Edition, is perhaps the best book I have ever read on the topic of Enterprise Java Beans (EJB). Ed Roman, et al, have done an excellent job! The book is concise, to the point, and leaves you with a clear understanding of EJB. He thoroughly covers the new EJB 2.0 standard and the book includes many additional perks such as Transactions and EJB Best Practices. I had many questions in mind when I started reading the book and the book answered them all. If you are serious about EJBs you must have this book!